First TSS patterns

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First TSS patterns

Post by jhogue » January 15th, 2018, 9:18 pm

Finally got shot trap ready and shot first rounds today. Set up wasn't perfect, because I had very limited time to shoot before heading home. Both guns were shot with dirty barrels. Both patterns are a 1 3/4 ounce load of TSS 9's in 2 3/4" for 12 gauge.

First Pattern is from my Browning Maxus, shooting an Angle Porting (Ballistics Specialties) .650 choke. 10" - -291, 20" - 221. I have no previous patterns from this gun, so nothing to compare too.
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Maxus, Angle Porting 650, 1 3/4 oz. TSS 9's
Second pattern is from my Remington 870 SM with Kick's GT .655. 10" - 248, 20" - 189. Best previous pattern with this gun had 187 in 10" with Hevi-Shot 6's, 2.25 oz, 3.5". This pattern was 39.1% in the 10" and the previous Hevi #6's were 39.7%, so the percentages are very close, but TSS 9's produced 248 in the 10", so 32% more pellets there. The 20" was 189, so that seemed a little low. I imagine this one will get a little better with some work, but I don't plan to purchase a new choke for it this year.
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870, KIck's 655, 1 3/4 oz. TSS 9's
I'll test this more with time. I have some more guns to shoot and a few choke options for the Maxus.

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Re: First TSS patterns

Post by hoobilly » January 15th, 2018, 10:04 pm

wow!

Maxus is smokn!

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Re: First TSS patterns

Post by Spuriosity » January 16th, 2018, 8:00 am

In all likelihood, too much choke. Open it up some and watch the patterns tighten up.

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Re: First TSS patterns

Post by el diablo » January 16th, 2018, 8:29 am

Spuriosity wrote:
January 16th, 2018, 8:00 am
In all likelihood, too much choke. Open it up some and watch the patterns tighten up.
Jhogue, I have a couple of chokes you can try in your Maxus if interested. I had good luck in my Invector plus guns with .680 Carlson's, .696 Buckshot Pure gold, and .696 Browning Trap special. Just let me know.

Like Brice said, though, that pattern is smokin as is.

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Re: First TSS patterns

Post by kythunter » January 16th, 2018, 9:45 am

Maxus pattern looks good, nice even pattern.

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Re: First TSS patterns

Post by jhogue » January 16th, 2018, 9:59 am

el diablo wrote:
January 16th, 2018, 8:29 am
Spuriosity wrote:
January 16th, 2018, 8:00 am
In all likelihood, too much choke. Open it up some and watch the patterns tighten up.
Jhogue, I have a couple of chokes you can try in your Maxus if interested. I had good luck in my Invector plus guns with .680 Carlson's, .696 Buckshot Pure gold, and .696 Browning Trap special. Just let me know.

Like Brice said, though, that pattern is smokin as is.
I bought the .650 choke from Ballistic Specialties because they are an Arkansas company and I wanted to try it out. .650 is their only option in a turkey choke for the Invector Plus. I've seen people shooting good patterns in Invector Plus barrels from .640-.680 constriction. Not sure how that all works out, but I have a Rob Roberts .660 and a Kick's GT .670 to test in it as well. Interesting to hear that even the .696 chokes are doing good as well. I'll post results when I get more shooting time with other chokes and make time to clean and dry bore between shots. Either way, I think the current set up is pretty deadly. Thanks for the feedback. :turkeywave:

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Re: First TSS patterns

Post by jhogue » February 5th, 2018, 3:08 pm

So I went out and shot yesterday and came back to the house and counted everything. I shot My 870 with new 21" barrel, my dad's 870, my Maxus, my dad's SX3, my 835, and my daughter's Beretta 20 gauge.

All in all it wasn't a successful shoot and it's all my fault.

The Beretta looked terrible and I thought "That looks like a modified choke it is so bad." When I was putting away the guns, I realized I had left the stock modified choke in, which had dismal results at best. All of the rest of the 12 gauge loads averaged 200-210 in the 10" and more in the 10-20", which is not the norm with TSS. After thinking through everything, I have about decided that I probably stepped off the distance incorrectly and walked to 45-50 yards. I won't be able to verify till next weekend, but I believe terrible range estimation resulted in sub-par groups and some wasted TSS.

With the 10 shots fired thus far, I am now down to an average of 72% shot retention with my trap. I think I shot a lot of it outside the trap. :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Live and learn...

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