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#3624767 - 03/24/14 11:01 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: Setterman]
Bone Collector
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Hey I used to use my 500 to turkey hunt and I used an undertaker choke. it was cheap but was good to 40 yds. I think it was a 660 or .665.

I used Remington Premier magnums high velocity in #5 and Winchester (cheap silver box) #5. you may want to change the choke and try some different shells. I know it is expensive, but when i first started, I did not do enough of this and it resulted in frustration and probably wounding some birds.
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#3624776 - 03/24/14 11:09 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: Bone Collector]
m_allison71
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Not the first time I've patterned it. The angst now is because it used to pattern much better. I don't have any old shells and the new ones aren't shooting as well.
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#3624796 - 03/24/14 11:54 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: Setterman]
stringtalker
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Not a good pattern for sure, my 20 gauge shoots alot better than that, if you are shooting a 12 gauge i would find another choke tube for sure
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#3624828 - 03/24/14 12:35 PM Re: 40 yards [Re: stringtalker]
wlf89
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get you a .660 choke
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#3624844 - 03/24/14 12:50 PM Re: 40 yards [Re: m_allison71]
darn2ten
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 Originally Posted By: m_allison71
Its a Mossberg 500 with a Hastings .640 choke and Federal 3 inch Mag- Shoks.
if I'm not mistaken, those Mag-Shocks are flight control wad. I would go get me some Winchester #5 or #6 shot and try it again. Those flight control wads don't usually like a choke that tight. I would also say that that choke is way to tight for #4 shot.

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#3624847 - 03/24/14 12:53 PM Re: 40 yards [Re: wlf89]
Southern Sportsman
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.640 is too tight. I would try something in the .660-.665 range. The 6s are fine out out 40 yards energy wise, but I wouldn't trust them much further than that. Might even try 5 shot. I've seen guns pattern better with 5s than they do with 6s, though I can't explain why. But I agree with what others have said -- I wouldn't shoot past 30 if that was my pattern at 40.

Edited by Southern Sportsman (03/24/14 12:54 PM)

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#3624867 - 03/24/14 01:19 PM Re: 40 yards [Re: Southern Sportsman]
Wes Parrish
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Before I'd try a different choke, I'd try a different shell.
Mag Blends might be just what you need with that choke, or even better, some straight Hevi #7's.

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#3624875 - 03/24/14 01:24 PM Re: 40 yards [Re: Wes Parrish]
Southern Sportsman
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
Before I'd try a different choke, I'd try a different shell.
Mag Blends might be just what you need with that choke, or even better, some straight Hevi #7's.


Shooting HTL shot through a .640 choke would be a terrible idea, IMO. .640 is usually too tight even for lead, which gives some when you shoot. A load of dense hevi shot that has no give when it goes through the choke could cause serious barrel/choke problems.


Edited by Southern Sportsman (03/24/14 01:37 PM)

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#3624876 - 03/24/14 01:26 PM Re: 40 yards [Re: Wes Parrish]
jman 125
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I used to shoot a moss. 500 with a .640 choke and win. 3" 1 3/4 oz 6's and it would pattern great at 40and would kill consistent at that range but any closer and you better be on the stock . The reason I do not shoot this combo today is heavy shot and now the long beards .
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#3624877 - 03/24/14 01:26 PM Re: 40 yards [Re: Southern Sportsman]
deerhunter10
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I would pass on that. that's not a very good pattern at all. I would do some testing with some chokes and loads this week.
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