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    Quote Originally Posted by roadscholar View Post
    I shot a few test patterns a couple of days ago.
    I decided on a distance of 35 yards. That seems to be about the average 1st shot when I’m hunting wild birds in SD.

    I shot 7 different pheasant loads through my "new-style" sweet 16.
    I had the Trulock Precision Hunter Light Modified extended choke tube in. I also shot one load through my 70’s Remington 1100 with a fixed mod choke. Only one shot per load, I just wanted to get a general idea, not looking to come up with definitive patterning data. I used a rest for all the shots, none were offhand.

    Here’s what I came up with-

    Fiocchi Golden Pheasant- 1 & 1/8 oz of 5’s @ 1310 fps
    126 out of 191 pellets in 30” circle- 66%

    Fiocchi High Velocity – 1 & 1/8 oz of 5’s @ 1300 fps
    136 out of 191 – 71%

    Herter’s Pheasant load- 1 & 1/8 oz of 5’s @ 1280 fps
    115 out of 191 – 60%

    Federal PF Wing-shok – 1 & 1/8 of 5’s @ 1425 fps
    133 out of 191 – 70% (1100 w/fixed mod choke)

    Kent Bismuth – 1 oz of 5’s @ 1300 fps
    139 out of 188 – 74%

    Hevi-Bismuth- 1 & 1/8 oz of 4’s @ 1350 fps
    133 out of 172 – 77%

    Browning BXD Upland- 1 & 1/8 oz of 6’s @ 1295 fps
    163 out of 253 – 64%

    Federal Hi-Brass – 1 & 1/8 oz of 6’s @ 1295 fps
    158 out of 253 – 62%


    I also tested 1 oz of 7.5’s Remington game load through three different chokes, and the results were surprising to say the least-

    Trulock Precision Hunter extended- Light Mod- 281 out of 350 – 80%
    Browning Invector DS factory modified choke – 197 out of 350 – 56%
    Trulock Precision Hunter extended- Improved Mod- 273 out of 350 – 78%

    Not quite sure what to make of the factory mod choke performing so poorly with the dove load.
    Before I bought my new sweet 16 two years ago, I had read somewhere online that the factory chokes throw more open patterns than they’re marked, and that does seem to be the case.
    Great info, out of any of the shells you shot did you have any of the ejections jam??? I recently shot RIO 7 1/2's on a skeet course and even after a great cleaning job to my action the gun jammed 3 times on a 14 station course. Bought the RIO's as they were very cheap

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    Thanks for the replies guys and thanks for the pattern results roadscholar.
    I have a Browning new A5 12ga 3" chamber and the only shells I have had so far that didn't want to cycle consistently were Hevi-Shot Hevi-Dove 2.75" shells.
    This past weekend I was shooting a sporting clay course and with light trap loads they all cycled but after the last shell the bold wouldn't stay open. It would eject the last shell but still close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditch-chicken View Post
    Great info, out of any of the shells you shot did you have any of the ejections jam??? I recently shot RIO 7 1/2's on a skeet course and even after a great cleaning job to my action the gun jammed 3 times on a 14 station course. Bought the RIO's as they were very cheap
    The only shells that I've had a problem with in my new Sweet 16 are the Herter's dove & quail loads, 1 oz @ 1165 fps. (the old ones that have been discontinued...there's a new line of Herter's at Cabela's now, I haven't tried those)

    I've had it happen maybe 3 or 4 times while shooting clays, out of maybe 150-200 shells. (those same shells have jammed in my Rem 1100 16ga once or twice too)

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    After reading these results between the Trulock LM & IM, wondering if there would be much difference with a Trulock Precision Hunter Mod choke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COPPERDOG View Post
    After reading these results between the Trulock LM & IM, wondering if there would be much difference with a Trulock Precision Hunter Mod choke.
    That's a good question. Hard to see how there could be much difference when there wasn't really any different between light mod and imp mod. I'm puzzled by that for sure.

    The next thing I'd like to try is comparing those two Trulock chokes while shooting pheasant loads, to see if the results would be similar to the dove loads.

    I'm pretty sure that from this point on I'll be using the Trulock Light Mod choke 90% of the time. I guess if I was gonna hunt quail with the sweet 16 I'd go with the factory IC choke, but I mostly use one of my 28 gauges when quail hunting.

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