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well shot a deer and shot his antler (off wish sucks).i shot it a 20 yrds. with 3 1/2 00buck shotshell.........with a MOD. hit him everywhere and his antler so can i use a full choke for my loads in my 870????
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   Brad84
I do not see why not. I would shoot a target to see what kind of pattern you would get with the full choke. If I'm not mistaking Remington makes a buckshot choke for 870. That would probably be your best bet.
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Yes a it will group tighter and give futher range.You need to set you up a cardboard box with good back ground stop an patten the gun to see were the most of the load is hitting. It may be in the middle or right, left, high or low. I set mine at 40 steps to test. Good luck.
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i shoot an 870 3-1/2 00 buckshot out of a full choke dropped a deer in his tracks last year at 60yards, full choke works better in mine, only time i use the modified choke is to shoot black birds and stuff
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shoot several loads of each brand of buckshot through your modified choke and then shoot several rounds of each brand through a full choke and see which does best for your shotgun at the range( distance) at which you expect to see deer in the woods that you hunt. you should see a difference in brands and chokes.
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   WINGBONE2
Turkey Hunter couldn't have said it better! Different loads/brands/chokes/copper-platted/un-platted will all shoot different. Just because your gun shoots 3 1/2 doesn't mean it will shoot the best with them. I have patterned alot of guns/buckshot, and overall I've seen 3 inch pattern better. Spend a hour or so and shoot your gun, wouldn't hurt if you could do it off a bench because the heavy loads get to 'tickeling' after awhile......... Good Luck!
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   Jasper
Go to the local paper recycle bin and get as many large pieces of cardboard as possible. And like they said pattern the gun.
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great harvest, hunter have you ever tried hunting with imp cylinder and slugs? my 1187 i enjoy the 40-80 yard accuracy i get from NON rifled barrel and my 12 gauge.i have an old mossberg 410 bolt action that holds 3 shells. i use alot when hunting thick hardwoods that my shot is 50 yards or less and it is extremely accurate, and extremely deadly.
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   JB
Be careful with a full choke. I've heard that it could cause your barrel to bubble or evern blow up. That much shot being choked down so tight could malfunction. It's more possible with the extra full chokes but still possible with a full choke.
I didn't know this until last week. I was looking for a choke for my 870 and a couple of different gun stores warned me about full chokes and buckshot. Supposedly a Remington 870 is the best pattern gun for buckshot on the market and a modified cylinder is what is recommended for buckshot. All the same though, I'm about to buy a Patternmaster tube. Little pricey but worth it from what I've heard.
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   REBBEER
I, along with every member of my family, have shot hundreds of rounds of buckshot through full choke barrels and never had any problems. We mostly used Remington 870's back in those days, and it was before removeable chokes. I don't know if the screw in chokes are tighter or not.

And by the way congrats on the kill. And remember you can't eat the horns anyway!
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Yes use a full choke. That rem. 870 with throw a much tighter pattern with it. No doubt.
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   JWTaylor
Choke tube size are smaller when one goes from modified to full. If you have a 12 gauge gun, a silver dime will fall thru a modified but will hang up and not pass thru a full. I would be careful in shooting larger buckshot that could become larger than a dime and jam within the choke. It may be the first shot or shot 5000 but it can happen. I am attaching a picture of an 870 barrel after shooting buckshot.
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but now im really lost.some say go ahead and other say never. i think im going to try 3in 1bucks and see how they do. love 3 1/2 but this at 20 yards is crazy.......
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JWT...'dat picture sure kind'a tells us how to get a tight pattern ???...cheers
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Well i must be playing with fire. I shoot 3.5 00buck out of a double extra full on a moss 835
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