After many years of turkey hunting with low-end chokes, I finally wanted to upgrade turkey chokes on my classic Beretta AL-391. Many guns have come before it and many after, but for whatever reason, I am partial to the AL-391 in all outdoor situations. Like any other outdoor/hunting equipment, choke options are plenty and they all cost money. As a matter of fact, even in my 37 years, I have seen the hunting industry develop into a pattern like all other retail industries. Heck, I guess that’s what led me to wanting to do clear-cut, simple product reviews for the average person. Underneath all the options, marketing gimmicks, celebrities, etc… there has to be true, quality products out there. Sometimes I laugh at it and other times I am grateful for it. But options are as plentiful as fashion designs and the best media and marketers often lead the pack regardless if their product is really the best.
Okay, okay… so back to choosing a turkey choke. So if I am honest with you, I was already leaning toward a particular brand. Thanks to many friends in the industry and the reports I was hearing on a certain turkey load, I was ready to buy. So a bit on this new turkey load and various field reports. HEVI-Shot Magnum Blend shotshells were proving to have awesome patterns down range. Designed with an equal mix of size #5, #6 and #7 shot; or their newest addition an equal mix of size #4, #5 and #7; and launching at higher speeds than the older HEVI-13® loads, this could create a devastating lethality zone. HEVI-Shot touts an average of 294 pellets in 10'' circle at 40 yards.
That pellet count had me sold at “Hello”. Next, I debated on buying a choke from the same company or reaching out to another manufacturer, but after a short ponder, it just made sense. After all, the results I was hearing included the use of HEVI-chokes as well. “Manufactured from aircraft quality 17-4 stainless steel, they’re guaranteed for a lifetime. Available in 12 and 20 gauge, in ported and non-ported versions, HEVI-Choke™ choke tubes help you squeeze every bit of performance from your HEVI-Shot® ammunition.”
Once mail day occurred, I was anxious to send it downrange, I set up 36” targets at 40 and 50 yards ensuring most if not all pellets would be accommodated for. Choke installation was easy, as the choke comes with a heavily knurled fore-end and required no wrench.
RESULTS RESULTS RESULTS. Bottom line, this choke produced just as I had heard. I was beyond impressed and there can be no fancy way of explaining it other than in two pictures and with a few words.
At 40 yards shooting HEVI-shots Magnum Blend (5,6,7) load 250 pellets were within a 10-inch circle
At 50 yards I had 211 pellets within a 10-inch circle.
There may very well be other amazing choke/load combinations out there, but fact is my wallet doesn’t go that deep. Thankfully, I lucked out on my first purchase this time! After this pattern testing, I cannot wait for turkey season. This is a massive improvement from previous load/choke patterns I have used and without question I would recommend this set up on any turkey hunters gun!