Choices for Your Turkey Hunting Shotgun
Choke tubes are designed to constrict the shot pellets as they leave the shotgun's muzzle. Extended turkey choke tubes tend to be more constrictive than most standard full chokes. Some turkey chokes are ported to also help tame the shotgun's recoil. For best results, always use turkey loads when possible, along with extended choke tubes for the extra constriction. The right amount of choking can result in a denser pattern downrange at longer distances, and hopefully result in more shot pellets lethally penetrating the turkey’s head [and neck].
Be certain to check the shotgun, shotshell and choke you will hunt with. If you need a pattern target, simply draw with a thick marker around the outside edge of your closed-hand fist on an 8 1/2 x 11-inch plain white paper. Then shoot that target on a safe backstop at 20, 30 and 40 yards — and count the pellet holes.
To make testing more affordable and fun, join with hunting partners, try various shotshells in the shotgun and also exchange chokes when possible. For better test results, make the test shots while sitting on the ground so you become more accustomed to hunting conditions and not the easy life atop a shooting bench.
Please click through this photo gallery for information on all five choke tubes . . .
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