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What is a good choke to use for buckshot? It will be for coyotes, so I would like the pattern nice and tight so I can shoot farther.

Question by lovetohunt. Uploaded on September 01, 2009

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from Wonko wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I just bought a remington 870, it came with a modi. choke. I bought a full choke for it to use with the buckshot I was also told some people use extra full turkey chokes for it.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

It's typical to assume that the full choke would be the way to go but this can be a bad assumption. I have seen some loads in a modified choke out perform the fulls and extra fulls by a considerable margin. You really have to match the choke to the load that you will be using. I suggest that you buy a few five round boxes of buckshot and shoot them at a 12"x12" target at forty yards to see what they will do. You may be surprised by what happens.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Go to page 47 in the answers section and read about the shotgun tests we did just a few weeks ago.

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from philbourjaily wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I have found both Modified chokes and tight turkey chokes work well with coyote loads, especially the new tungsten-iron stuff. Try the chokes you already own before you go out and spend money on an aftermarket "coyote" choke.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

lovetohunt-
Here is a link to page #47 that libertyfirst mentioned!

http://www.fieldandstream.com/answers?page=46#top_answers_recent

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from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Libertyfirst and 2Poppa- That is some good info. It was long, but well worth the time it took to read it. My shotgun I'm using is a Remington 11-87 with a 28" non-ported barrel with a modified choke (for now, gonna get a different choke). And it put 15 pellets from a 3" load of OO buck, in about a 2 foot circle at 40 yards. Pretty bad I know. Thats why I am gonna try a different choke.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I have powdered quite a few coyotes with #4 Buck coming out of a full choke. It patterned well with me. I personally would never use #00 buck for coyotes unless they were over a quarter mile away (just kidding). #4 Buck completely penetrates a coyote at 40-50 yards and has a LOT more pellets in the pattern. Coyotes are tough and the extra pellets tend to put them down. As stated above, you need to test your pattern but #4 Buck tends to pattern well.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

You have to choose your choke depending on the length of shot and thickness of your cover. ie: You'll want full choke if your shooting 40+ yds in the open. Maybe modified for quick close shots in heavy cover.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

Agreed with buckhunter and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

lovetohunt-
Here is a link to page #47 that libertyfirst mentioned!

http://www.fieldandstream.com/answers?page=46#top_answers_recent

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from Wonko wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I just bought a remington 870, it came with a modi. choke. I bought a full choke for it to use with the buckshot I was also told some people use extra full turkey chokes for it.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

It's typical to assume that the full choke would be the way to go but this can be a bad assumption. I have seen some loads in a modified choke out perform the fulls and extra fulls by a considerable margin. You really have to match the choke to the load that you will be using. I suggest that you buy a few five round boxes of buckshot and shoot them at a 12"x12" target at forty yards to see what they will do. You may be surprised by what happens.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Go to page 47 in the answers section and read about the shotgun tests we did just a few weeks ago.

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from philbourjaily wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I have found both Modified chokes and tight turkey chokes work well with coyote loads, especially the new tungsten-iron stuff. Try the chokes you already own before you go out and spend money on an aftermarket "coyote" choke.

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from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Libertyfirst and 2Poppa- That is some good info. It was long, but well worth the time it took to read it. My shotgun I'm using is a Remington 11-87 with a 28" non-ported barrel with a modified choke (for now, gonna get a different choke). And it put 15 pellets from a 3" load of OO buck, in about a 2 foot circle at 40 yards. Pretty bad I know. Thats why I am gonna try a different choke.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I have powdered quite a few coyotes with #4 Buck coming out of a full choke. It patterned well with me. I personally would never use #00 buck for coyotes unless they were over a quarter mile away (just kidding). #4 Buck completely penetrates a coyote at 40-50 yards and has a LOT more pellets in the pattern. Coyotes are tough and the extra pellets tend to put them down. As stated above, you need to test your pattern but #4 Buck tends to pattern well.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

You have to choose your choke depending on the length of shot and thickness of your cover. ie: You'll want full choke if your shooting 40+ yds in the open. Maybe modified for quick close shots in heavy cover.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

Agreed with buckhunter and + 1 for you sir!!!

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