20 ga patterning question

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jmck
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20 ga patterning question

Post by jmck » February 5th, 2018, 1:13 pm

I am setting up a new 20 Benelli,26" barrel, and decided to try Apex 8's and 9's with Indian creek chokes in .555 and .562. Went to the range and shot all combos at 25,40 and 50 yds. The 25 and 40 are good , but found it seemed to really open up at the 50 yd distance.( Pics included) --I have no prior experience with TSS and choke requirements, do you with experience think I may need to go to a more open choke to get better pattern at 50? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Re: 20 ga patterning question

Post by decoykrvr » February 5th, 2018, 1:47 pm

I'd count the number of shot in the 10" at 40 yards w/ both of the different choke tubes and loads. Not that it will tell you more than you can see from the patterns, but it will keep you busy and not waste any more of those fine Apex turkey loads shooting paper. Every pattern which you posted is a turkey killing pattern if you put it square on the wattles, 50 yards included. I really couldn't make a value judgement on the better of the two choke tubes, but you ought to look at the patterns on the back side of the paper which will actually reveal more, sometimes. on the existance of holes or voids. I think that your already set-up for the upcoming season.

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Re: 20 ga patterning question

Post by reminex » February 5th, 2018, 1:48 pm

Looks all good to me. With the .55 I'd suspect you'd have about 300 pellets in the 10 at 40 and 210 or so at 50.

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Re: 20 ga patterning question

Post by hoobilly » February 5th, 2018, 1:57 pm

Man the 555 is rocking.

Definitely count the 10” patterns at40 and 50

They all look good to me. Just whatever your preference is for more open or a little tighter

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Re: 20 ga patterning question

Post by taylorjones20 » February 5th, 2018, 2:05 pm

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Re: 20 ga patterning question

Post by firedup » February 5th, 2018, 7:37 pm

All solid patterns. Consistent spread. IMO every pattern shows a dead bird. Not that you have had any problems in that department anyway. 8-) Maybe another question you want to ask is how tight do you want the pattern up close? I run a Pure Gold .570 in my 20's just to keep it alittle more open at 10-20 yds and am very comfortable beyond 40. If your checking out TSS consider that by simple math 9's and 10's have more pellets in the same weight load. Another nice thing is Cabelas and Midwest, that I know of, will readily exchange chokes after you try them. Just keep orig packaging in good shape, clean them good and pay return ship. Makes testing chokes abit easier.

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Re: 20 ga patterning question

Post by Reloader » February 7th, 2018, 3:31 pm

I'd go with the .562 if I had to chose from those. The .555 is too tight for hunting.

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Re: 20 ga patterning question

Post by vaturkey » February 7th, 2018, 3:42 pm

All killing patterns ! Save them shells & go kill some gobblers ! :thumbup:

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