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 Post subject: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:07 pm 
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I'm looking for a rather inexpensive turkey choke for my SBE II. I know the Rhino's are supposively the best, but I can't spend around $100 on a turkey choke. I'm looking for something topping out at around $40 or even less that will still give the SBE II good performance. Please list the brand of choke, price, max shot yardage, and recommended ammunition.




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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:59 pm 
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I just don't understand. Folks buy a $1500 shotgun and then won't spend a measly $100 on a top notch choke tube for it.

That just doesn't make much sense to me. Sorry if I sound critical, it's not my intention, but geez.

What about the Benelli turkey choke tube? Don't look for WalMart to carry the SBEII type chokes.

My advice: Shoot HeviShot with the tubes you have now. If you're broke from buying the shotgun (and I can surely understand that) save up for a good tube for next year. I use the factory full in my Nova with HeviShot and have a great pattern.
3-1/2" 1-7/8oz. #5 shot

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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:33 pm 
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Welcome to SGW. Test a few loads with your factory tubes first like Powduck suggested. You need to set a base line first. You may end up buying an expensive tube that may not produce any better patterns. Hevi shot usually likes a little looser choke than other types of shot.


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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:11 am 
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Dad bought the gun for a college grad present...I ain't paying $1,500!!! I shot Winchester Supreme's 3.5", 2 oz., 5 shot around 40 yds with full choke and it did pattern evenly, but just not tight enough for a turkey... My friend bought a Nova with a Hastings turkey choke (about $30), and it patterned nice and tight from about 40 yds out.


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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 12:35 am 
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Congratulations on your graduation. I hope my daughters don't take too long to graduate. :lol: Great gift from your dad. That's a gift that should keep on giving for a long long time.

So ... getting back to the subject.
    Try HeviShot shells. That should tighten your patterns with the tubes you have.
    Since you're not out the $$ for the gun, spring for the tube.
    Try other tubes. After trying a couple 2 or 3 tubes you could have bought the Rhino.
    The Rhino is designed with HeviShot in mind.
    There are probably several tubes that will pattern well. Sorry i don't know which ones, though.


Just for discussion's sake ... I bought a 24" Camo SBEII today and bought a Rhino tube with it. I hope to get out Saturday and pattern it. I'll try and post up again with pics to let you know how it turned out.

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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:00 pm 
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OK. I patterned my SBEII with a Rhino choke tube today. My normal turkey loads did just OK at 40yd (measured). I had bought 1 Nitro 4/5/7 shell when I bought the gun & choke. HOLY SMOKES!! :shock: What a difference. I'll post pics when I get them.

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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:31 pm 
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OK, here's the picture of the patterning test today.
Both are at a measured 40 yards from my 24" SBEII with .660 Rhino choke tube.
left: Remington 3.5" 1-7/8oz #5 HeviShot
right: Nitro Co. 3.5" 2-1/4oz #4/5/7 HeviShot

No doubt which one I'll be shooting this year

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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:25 pm 
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I just wanted to say thanks for posting the patterns. I have been wanting to see some actual patterns out of a rhino choke. My terror .675 shoots a little better than the one on the left and It patterns 1 9/16 oz of bbs about 85% at 40yards. That pattern on the right is awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:47 pm 
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Try a Primos Jellyhead.
I am getting one for my M2. I heard it works well with Remington Hevishot.

As far as Nitro ammo, a guy on NWTF cut one open and did a pellet count, pellet measurement (counted and measured every pellet for size) and found that there is ALOT of different pellet sizes that accounts for more hits in the kill zone.
Lots of size #9, #8, and #7 pellets....
I am not sure this is all that good. It appears that is the reason for the high pellet hits.
I may be wrong....New to shotgunning.


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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:00 am 
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At www.BassPro.com you can get a HS Strut .655 or .665 Undertaker Turkey Choke for $19.99 and a 10 round box of 2-oz. Winchester Supreme High Velocity 3 1/2" #4, #5, or #6 for $8.99.

Cabelas has similar items for about 5% more.


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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 1:46 pm 
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Yep, you'd be amazed at how much better patterns look if you introduce smaller shot sizes.

The Federal Target load boxes have 1 1/8oz pellet counts listed on the back and even from #8's to #9's you are talking over 100 more pellets.

To be frank, shooting 2 3/4" 1 1/8oz #9's at 20yds with IC, I get amazing patters. Using the load for Turkey would limit your distance though.


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 Post subject: Re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:29 pm 
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PowDuck wrote:
OK, here's the picture of the patterning test today.
Both are at a measured 40 yards from my 24" SBEII with .660 Rhino choke tube.
left: Remington 3.5" 1-7/8oz #5 HeviShot
right: Nitro Co. 3.5" 2-1/4oz #4/5/7 HeviShot

No doubt which one I'll be shooting this year

Image



That is an AWESOME pattern!!!


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 Post subject: re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:21 am 
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Primos Jelleyhead with Wincherster Extended Supreme 3 1/2 #5's work very well for me. My SBE II has the 28" barrell. I had so many holes in the kill zone at 40 yards, I couldn't count them.

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 Post subject: re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:20 pm 
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I've used the Nitro 4x5x7 and Rhino combo in three differnt guns and saw HUGE improvements over what I had used previously (factory chokes and "common" turkey loads).

Browning 10ga auto
Benelli SBE
TC Encore

With the Browning and Benilli shooting 3.5" shells I would not hesitate to touch off a shot at a tom at 60 yards and with the 3" TC, out to 50 yards.

In fact, I bowled over two toms at 58 to 60 yards with the Browning and one at 48 yards with the TC. Don't think I ever shot at a tom with the SBE.

Best of luck!

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 Post subject: re: SBE II turkey chokes
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 11:32 pm 
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ive said it b4 try pure gold I will post pics when I get a chance!
.670 is the best I have found for most guns so far (tested in a 28' 12ga nova and a 24" al391)




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