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Mossberg 835 with buckshot- need help

I'm trying to take my 835 deer hunting this season. Does anyone have any experience hunting with one? I'm wondering what choke/size shot to use. Some people tell me to use an open, some say full, some say extra full..... I patterned it with a turkey choke and an improved cylinder last week with 00 and 000, but both patterned terribly. Any suggestions will be appreciated! Thanks!

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Mossberg 835 with buckshot- need help

I believe modified or full will give best results for buck. You want to avoid crowding those big pellets in on each other while still trying to get them tight enough for a tight pattern. Thats what I think anyway. Some of the specialty buckshot chokes have no constriction at all.

The easy answer is to talk to George at Tru-lock chokes. He'll tell you which of his chokes work best with which load you want to use. His chokes are the best I've tried, but I've only used Comp-n-choke and factory stuff otherwise.

I'd go 3.5" 000, btw. Buck isn't very good for killing deer. You need all the advantage you can get ammunition-wise. Why not rifled slugs?

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Mossberg 835 with buckshot- need help

Thanks. My gun cant shoot slugs.

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Mossberg 835 with buckshot- need help

Never seen an 870 that couldnt shoot them. What you want is the rifled slug out of your smoothbore barrel.. Remmington makes good ones... Brenneke makes good ones cheap. Several make rifled slugs. Use them with an Improved cylinder choke for best results. But you need to practice with them and I personaly without a sight wouldnt try a shot past 40 yards. If you want to they make a nice rifled barrel for the 870 that will shoot a saboted slug with EXCELLENT precision. Cost around a buck fifty or so, so not to bad on the wallet.

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