Hunting Q & A
What would be your choke tube of choice for long range waterfowl?
Q: What would be your choke tube of choice for long range waterfowl? (steel shot) - Daniel Moore
A: Daniel, thanks for your question.
The issue of choke selection is one that waterfowlers and other shotgun shooters should spend some time with. Today, waterfowl hunters use a variety of loads, non toxic materials (steel, Hevi-Shot, Tungsten, Bismuth, etc) for a wide variety of shooting conditions.
My suggestion is all hunters pattern their favorite load at a variety of ranges with various chokes to come up with the perfect recipe of gun, choke and shell. All guns pattern a bit different as do shells and chokes so it is important to test each yourself to guarantee results.
Also waterfowl hunters today benefit from a wide range of screw in chokes from shotgun manufactures as well as a growing number of fine aftermarket chokes as well. With a little homework hunters should be able to dial in their ducks guns for a wide variety of hunting situations!