The PatternMaster Code Black Choke Tubes, item number IK-231260, will not handle shot rated at a speed greater than 1550 fps.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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I shoot a Benelli SBE II and just got the Goose Code Black choke tube and finally got a chance to use it. I didn't get to use it on ducks because we were set up close to our decoys but I shot at the water surface with 3 different sizes of shells. I took aim at a floating piece of wood at least 45 to 50 yards away to see this "Great" pattern. Well, as the website says 24 inch pattern at 40 yards Im not so sure. When I fired, visibly most of the shot did not start to hit the water till it reached the distance aimed and BB's were seen still hitting the water 20 yards beyond. It was cool to watch, and there was a big > 12 foot pattern beyond where the stick was out to 70 to 85 yards. I would never shoot a goose at that range myself but one could get lucky with a pellet or two to take out a bird, then boat over and pick it up. I tried all 3 sizes of shell and then did the same test with the factory MOD tube and me and my hunting buddies agree that the Patternmaster choke gave a tighter pattern overall but DON'T expect some 30 inch pattern at 50 yards!! will never happen. I was disappointed in my findings as the website hype lead me to believe that patterns would be really tight out beyond 45 yards and that is NOT the case. I will have to try to "paper" these loads as well with a rangefinder. The only thing you have to ask yourself is do you use 3.5" shells ....then get the Goose/ Extended range choke OR 3" and less sized shells then get the Duck/Long Range choke as both chokes perform the same way. The Goose choke is a bit longer so it can grab the wad from a 3.5" shell end of story. All the other nonsense is just marketing gobbley gook.....a ported or unported Extended Range/ Goose choke is all the SAME choke using differing metals THAT IS ALL. Im on the fence on this choke because I was expecting the 30" inch pattern with 4 foot shot string at 40 yards to be very visible on the water. I did not see this at ALL. I see videos where guys crumple winged birds beyond 40 yards on the water surface and I thought all the Patternmaster hype was going to give me the same results, THAT will never happen. I'm afraid as the cripple swims away I will still be taking PRAYER shots at it hoping a pellet will take it out. And if said crippled birds is swimming away with neck and head at the water surface You will still see a typical 12 foot pattern of BB's hit ALL around the bird with 25 foot shot string and you will be praying a pellet will hit the goose. There it is in a nutshell. Do NOT use shells with over 1550 FPS speeds, you will take out those wad stopper nubs inside the choke tube and then you will have a 100.00 Improved Cylinder Choke in your bag!
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