Alot of our visitors have asked, "What kind of choke do I need to use for turkey hunting in Arkansas?". Well we will clear the air and give first hand experience on the choke, shells, and gun we will be using this year. Our good friends at killer kallz also make some of the best chokes on the market, more specifically designed to shoot today's modern heavy turkey loads.
Angle Porting is the name of the company, and they have been making chokes a lot longer than duck calls. We could discuss several more products they offer but for the sake of information we will stick to the Extreme Range Turkey Choke. I took several pictures while patterning this turkey choke, gun, and shells, but unfortunately I dropped the camera in the bar ditch right after I was done.
The gun I am using is a Remington 887 waterfowl edition, with 26 inch barrel, the Extreme Range Turkey Choke from Angle Porting, and the Federal Premium Mag Shok Hi Velocity Flitecontrol Turkey Loads, because as one review about the shells put it: "it kills everything: DEAD".
Tests were done a couple weeks ago, temp was about 60 degrees, a light breeze out of the south at 2-3 mph, and it was 8:00 in the morning. We tried to keep it similar to a hunting situation except we were on a levee in a rice field. We patterned at 30, 40, and 50 yards, with only the 887 and the Fed Premium shells.
At 30 yards we had a 10 inch circle inside of a 30 inch circle on our standard turkey paper target. "Wow" is the best way to describe it; some might say amazing.
Right in the middle of the 10 inch circle was about a 1 inch hole, with only 50-60 pellets outside of the 10 inch circle at 30 yards, and none outside of the 30 inch circle. I would say at this point we are impressed with this very tight pattern at 30 yards, these chokes were designed to shoot these kinds of flight control type shells.
At 40 yards we had a different target but same circles obviously. While there was no hole in the middle of the 10 inch circle, the shot came very close to doing it at 40 yards. The wind must have gusted at the last second because we had a good increase in 100-150 pellets outside of the 10 inch circle with more to the right than left. Unusual, but we only shot once at each distance because, lets face it, probably 6 times out of 10 you will only get 1 shot at that struttin' thunder chicken. We did shoot all 10 shells at the three targets but only took the first shots at each for our review.
At 50 yards is where I am impressed the most. Same circles on different target again. Like the waterfowl chokes they make, these chokes hold a good atight pattern at a distance with modern flight control wads.
Like the 40 yard shot, no hole was present in the 30, almost double the distance of the 30 yard shot but not much different in the pattern. Slightly better at 50 than 40, that is wh yI am thinking a gust of wind had something to do with it.
I would roughly estimate 125-170 outside of the 10 inch circle within the 30 inch circle with another 50 or so outside of the 30 inch circle, evenly distributed top to bottom and left to right.
Needless to say, I am very happy with this deadly combination.
I clean the barrel of the shotgun with Kroll, and it is practically brand new. Kroll supposedly helps the gun pattern better is the reason I cleaned it with Kroll. The choke was finger tight with extra dab of choke tube lube.
I will match the sentiment of the review on the shotgun shells, this choke "kills everything: DEAD".