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Choke for steel shot

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by david cartwright, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. david cartwright

    david cartwright .410

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    Going to do some turkey hunting and the property next door is WPA so I will need steel shot to wander over there. Have some 3" #2 steel. As it has been 30 years since I used steel shot I need input on a choke tube. Thanks in advance.
  2. Pawpaw

    Pawpaw 20g Supporter

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    I've always heard that steel shot should not be fired through anything smaller than a modified choke.

    A modified choke tube did well in my 500 against ducks last year.
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  3. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    I shot steel shot for the first time today and now I know what all the fuss is about.

    I was shooting Remington NitroSteel 2.75" Magnums but they did not feel quite as deadly as my lead buckshot loads.

    (cylinder bore, BTW. Strictly a scattergun.)
  4. hombre243

    hombre243 .223

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    Depends on what the choke is made of. I believe Carlson and other choke makers make tighter chokes that are compatible with steel. Check out http://www.lg-outdoors.com/default.asp
    They sell Carlson's at a good price. At least they did when I ought in between chokes for my Maverick barrels.
  5. hombre243

    hombre243 .223

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    Check out LG. See the link posted.

    http://www.lg-outdoors.com/default.asp
  6. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I'm not familiar with brands as I have not duck hunted in many years but I have seen ads for lots of waterfowl chokes. They have come quite a way over the years and there are a lot of new offerings that when used with some of the newer loads are pretty effective.

    For some reason Black Clouds comes to mind as one I've seen. Carlsons has a large variety of tubes for most guns: www.choketube.com

    Are you allowed to use any of the heavier varieties on non toxic shot? I would opt for the heaviest option I could for turkey.

    Most factory chokes in newer guns are steel shot compatable.

    My buddy has killed a lot of turkeys with an old 20g 870 with a modified choke. Its all about finding a good load and keeping shots within your effective range. While it is nice to have a gun that will reach out 40, 50 or more yards, its not a requirement (despite what the ammo and choke tube makers try convince us.)
  7. david cartwright

    david cartwright .410

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    Max for steel is #2 shot. I am putting the mod. choke in my pocket along with 5 steel loads. If I cross over I will have to leave my leads loads behind. I read up on it and it seems a mod choke shoots like a full with steel shot.
  8. Ky wonder

    Ky wonder .22LR

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    of course since you have a removable choke I would guess your gun is ok for steel shoot, if its an old gun with a choke added you need to be sure the gun will survive steel shot, old guns were not meant to launch steel shot and the barrels will take a beating with steel
  9. david cartwright

    david cartwright .410

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    Tested some 3" #2 steel through my mod choke. Threw a pattern that I can live with for turkey hunting on public land.

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