Mossberg835 wrote:Well ive decided to purchase a bunch of chokes and shells and see which works the best with my shotgun (Mossberg535) Just wondering if anybody had any suggestions for choke tubes and maybe shells to try. I already have a few choke tubes in mind like the Kicks gobbling Thunder, Hevi-Shot® Hevi-13® Turkey Choke Tubes, Indian Creek Black Diamond Strike Choke Tubes, Primos Jelly Head Choke Tube, and maybe a Truglo Bone Collector Smackdown Choke tube or one of the H.S.Strut tubes. For shells Winchesters line of shells have i have used them my whole life, Hevi shot, maybe some federal. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I currently own 2 of the 535s, the combo models, with 2 barrels and owned one of the thumbhole stocked guns until a frined talked me out of it. I like those guns. They are light, easy to carry, come up quickly and can throw excellent patterns when they are properly choked and with the right shell.
The shells that I find that pattern the best and are the most consistent are the 3" Hevi-13 "Bronze" shells with 2 oz. of #6 or #7 shot. They work better in my guns than the 3.5" shells and are certainly more pleasant to shoot. They also allow you to get back on target much more quickly when needed or desired.
It looks like you're about to make a major investment in turkey chokes. I started doing that in about 1999 when I became very serious about patterning turkey guns. I bought every turkey choke I could find in every exit diameter and shot them with the shells on the market then and added to the choke "collection" over the years as new ones came out. That was also about the time that the turkey shotshell revolution began, so I've watched that and participated in it for many years. Several chokes have come and gone over that time, as have several shotshells.
As a general rule, I've found that chokes that work well with #6 lead will work very well with #6 or #7 Hevi-13 shot. I only shoot chokes that are "Hevi-Shot rated" with any tungsten-based shot however.
I'd recommend that you visit the site of choke makers to make sure that the shells you want to shoot are recommended for use with their chokes by that maker. The shot material or wad configuration may cause some makers to discourage the use of a particular product with their chokes.
The chokes that I find to work best with my 535s are Wright's, Hevi-13, SSX and JEB's turkey chokes. They have quite different designs but all work well.
Lastly, I'd really recommend that you "deep clean" the bore of your 535. it can help more than you might imagine. Here's a link to the article that outlines that procedure http://allaboutshooting.com/article_inf ... les_id=282