Carlson Chokes? Jump shooting

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  1. KYBOY

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    Ive got some plans for jump shooting thsi year. Finally got a good motor for my Jon so Im river and upper lake worthy now..
    It looks like Ill be hunting in the upper parts(small hopllers and shallows) of my lakes which I know will result in longer shots(likely)..35-40 yard shots.
    Right now Im planning on using a 20ga auto with 3" fasteel(maybe #3's?).. Im thinking of trying a Carlson choke like this one,,
    https://www.opticsplanet.com/carlso...choke-tubes.html?_iv_code=8C-CB-REM20GA-07257
    What do you think? or is there another choke load combo for a 20ga auto you might recommend for 35-40 yard shots on woodies? Thanks
     
  2. Giveem3outdoors

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    I've tried alot of chokes and have by far been most satisfied with Carlson and winchester supremes and blindsides That's through a 12g versamax. The folks at carlson are really helpful as far as giving you a baseline shell/choke option if you give them a call and tell them what your wanting.
     
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  3. KYBOY

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  4. Meatstick

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    Steel 3s, especially out of a 20, will be very disappointing at anything over 30 yards.
    There's not a good 40 yard steel load for a 20 gauge, regardless of choke. Hell, ain't many for a 12, IMO.
    Carlson light modified is my go to choke, though.
     
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  5. DH13

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    Carlson light mod in my 12. Full steel Carlson for my 20.
     
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  6. Marsh CallUser

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    Don't shoot a 20 that far. You'll only pepper and wound birds.
     
  7. KYBOY

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    What shot size do you like? that patterns well with yours?
     
  8. Meatstick

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    If you're stuck on a 20 gauge, just shoot lead til you get caught. It's only a misdemeanor....
    Steel truly is awful, don't handicap yourself anymore than you have to, especially jump shooting at half a football field.
     
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  9. KYBOY

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    Yea, Im kinda afraid of that. I was planning on doing some pattern testing
     
  10. Meatstick

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    Even if it patterns awesome, I'd damn near let you shoot ME at 40 yards with steel 3s. Steel just doesn't have the ass for that kinda range
     
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    I only use my 20 for wood duck and teal. 5 or 6 shot blindside. I wont shoot my 20 over 25 yards. Will get several shot in the kill zone at 25. After 25 pattern goes to hell. I will hardly shoot my 12 over 30 yards. 35 max. Like birds close. Dont cripple and lose many birds that way.
     
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  12. KYBOY

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    I understand, thanks for the info.. What would you think? 30 Y's?
     
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    3s will break "something" most of the time at 30 if you center them up good.
     
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  14. hunt-4-life21

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    I patterned a Carlson vs. a factory mod and the factory mod won every time with many different shells. I'll stick with a factory choke but different guns may shoot differently. I bet I've patterned 10 different loads thru my SBE3 (can list if needed). My gun seems to like the old Hevi metals 3" #3's, Kent 1 3/8oz #2's, and Boss 2.75" #5's. I've not patterned the Boss 3" 1 3/8oz 5's yet but I really need to. If I was shooting my M2 20ga, I'd shoot 3" Boss #5's (or maybe 4's for late season). I rarely shoot geese. The HM's out performed the Boss shells by a bit but Boss may be a more lethal shell. I shot two boxes of the short 5's last year and I didn't get used to the lead. They are much slower than HM's.
     
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  15. KYBOY

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    Thats good info, thanks. Its funny you mentioned it but I found a source local for 20ga 3" #3. I was thinking of giving those a try. I only have factory chokes at the moment and Im not ordering a extended choke yet since this is the early season.. Im pretty sure I can get into some back hollers and shallows where I can get 30 yard and shorter shots. Before regular season i plan on having another shotgun..
     

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