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Question by Archery 101. Uploaded on March 05, 2010
I've shot a couple of guns that shot good with modified chokes.You need to try differant shot sizes like 4,5 and 6s. The most important thing with a pattern is to find the center of the pattern,and one without large openings in it.I do this with any shot gun I use.I still use full or extrafull on my turkey gun and know the brand and shot size it shoots best.The best one I have shoots the tightest part of the pattern about 2inches right of point of aim at 40yds.I always hold the front bead on the left side of the gobblers head.That old 1100 rem has turned a many a gobbler heads to jelly.
Stanleyda is right on. All chokes perform differently with different size shot. One close friend and ardent turkey hunter used # 4 shot our of a modified choke in his Browning. His 30 yard turkey head targets are very impressive and so is his success rate.
I too have always used extrafull on my turkey gun and had great luck, Like Stanleyda says, try using different shot size to make you mark, going to a Cyl. Bore could very well be a waste of your shot.
in my 870 a modified had a better pattern than a full on my brothers 11-87 i had 2 3/4 nitro mag 6s and he had 3" #5 nitro turkey when it all comes down to it its all about getting that big tom close enough for a comfortable shot
Modified on a Stevens 311 worked pretty well, never needed the full barrel.
I would be thinking, small area with a high concentration of shot, not an open choke. You are shooting the shotgun like a rifle, and making head/neck shots.
modified but i prefer a full choke
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