5 Choke Tubes for Turkey Hunting

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Choices for Your Turkey Hunting Shotgun

Jebs Headhunter

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1 | Jebs Headhunter

Jebs offers this Headhunter choke in four constriction sizes (.650, .655, .660 and .665).

And don't worry about fitting it to your particular shotgun, as they have options for many.

MSRP: $109.95

– S.H.

Jebs Precision Choke Tubes

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Patternmaster Anaconda

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2 | Patternmaster Anaconda

The Patternmaster Anaconda uses “Gas over Constriction Technology” within the patented “Coil Zone.” The Coil Zone’s internal channels harness gas expelled from the ammunition to stabilize the wad for even, consistent patterns while keeping the tube tight in the barrel. 

M.S.R.P: $59.99.

– M.D.F.

Patternmaster Anaconda

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Hevi-Choke

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3 | Hevi-Choke

Hevi-Shot Turkey chokes have extended elongated porting and an exterior surface with aggressive texturing to aid with installation — and removal. Engineered for a denser pattern when used with Hevi-13 loads, these wad-slowing chokes also pattern tightly with lead and other lead-alternative turkey hunting loads. A series of internal rings slows the wad and keeps it away from the shot pellets for extremely tight patterns. Axial porting reduces barrel jump when the trigger is tugged. 

MSRP: These chokes retail for around $50.

– M.D.F.

Hevi-Choke

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Trulock Longbeard

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4 | Trulock Longbeard

The company offers great information on selecting a choke tube and patterning a shotgun on its website. Trulock’s new Longbeard XR™ series of choke tubes are designed specifically for Winchester’s popular Longbeard XR™ turkey load and can drop gobblers at distances out to 60 yards. Shot-Lok™ Technology protects the shot during in-bore acceleration, launching the round in a near-perfect circle for hard-hitting and extremely tight long-range patterns.

MSRP: $39.99.

– M.D.F.

Trulock Choke Tubes

 

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Primos Jelly Head Maximum

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5 | Primos Jelly Head Maximum

The Jelly Head Maximum utilizes an extended taper and fluted ports to tighten patterns up to 20 percent while reducing recoil — resulting in increased success at longer ranges and with greater pattern densities. The tube is coated with a proprietary Black-T coating to prevent rust and corrosion in the harshest environments. About a dozen models are available and will fit most popular turkey hunting shotguns.

MSRP: $70.95.

– M.D.F.

Primos Jelly Head Maximum

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Editor's note: This Realtree.com post was first published March 7, 2017.

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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.

Go here for more on shot placement and patterning your turkey gun.

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.

– M.D.F.

Please click through this photo gallery for information on all five choke tubes . . .