Talk about handloading, patterns, and commercial shells/ammo here.
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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.
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.
All solid patterns. Consistent spread. IMO every pattern shows a dead bird. Not that you have had any problems in that department anyway. 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.