Choosing the best choke tube, shot and shell can make a huge difference for your shotgun proficiency this coming season so pick wisely.
Beretta and Xtreme Flyways gives some hard-learned tips on choosing the best choke tube, shot and shell for your shotgunning needs this duck season.
Combine all three well and it will improve your ability to drop ducks with less chance of wounding them.
Xtreme Flyways nailed it when they said you could bring nine duck hunters together and get nine different opinions on chokes and shot shell sizes. I personally use 3-inch #4 for ducks and will go up to #2 for open field with geese. The biggest takeaway tip from these pros is to really work to get the ducks into closer ranges.
My comfort zone is 20 to 30 yards with incoming ducks as past that, almost no matter what shell size or choke you are using, you have a higher chance of wounding, missing or dropping a bird deep in cover. So I always try to work on the details of a good and realistic decoy spread coupled with decoy motion and good hunter camo to get the birds in as close as possible. Outside of 35 yards I just don’t bother trying to shoot the bird and would rather wait for another opportunity.
Good luck with your preps in these last weeks of summer and have a great waterfowling season.