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Loads and chokes.

WATERFOWL HUNTERS ARE always looking for a better mousetrap--an advantage to shoot more birds. Shotgun choke and ammunition manufacturers are listening. They have put out an impressive array of products to improve shooting accuracy and knockdown power.

The trend in waterfowl ammunition is speed. And speed kills. Some of today's loads are capable of leaving the muzzle at a blistering 1,700 feet per second. Increased velocity means harder-hitting pellets downrange. Specially shaped shot from some manufacturers help increase trauma for added knockdown power. Higher velocity and increased trauma put more birds down, especially in long-range situations, such as when hunting large flocks of spring snow geese.

This year's choke lineup is equally impressive. Choke tube manufacturers have worked to develop chokes that make modern high-speed waterfowl ammunition pattern well. Porting and the ability to separate the wad from the shot are features on many of these chokes.

Whether you are jump shooting early-season teal, decoying nasty-weather bluebills or pass shooting Canada geese, the 2011 lineup of chokes and loads will help you knock down more birds.

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REMINGTON Hypersonic Steel is now available in 10-gauge and 20-gauge loads, in addition to its previous 12-gauge offerings. The loads leave the muzzle at 1,700 fps and hit with 16 percent more energy, thanks to the Xelerator wad. The wad holds a small amount of powder, contained in its ignition chamber. The primer ignites the first powder charge and gets the wad moving a split-second before the remainder of the powder ignites. This creates higher velocities, yet at safe pressure, making for a hard-hitting load. HyperSonic Steel is now available in 10-gauge, 3(1/2)-inch No. 2, BB and BBB, and in 20-gauge, 3-inch No. 2, 3 and 4.

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ENVIRON-METAL expands its Hevi-Metal Waterfowl shotshell line with a premium 10-gauge, 3(1/2)-inch load that packs serious long-range punch. The 1(3/4)-ounce load is offered in BBB, BB, No. 2 and No. 4 shot, all rated at a muzzle velocity of 1,350 feet per second. All Hevi-Metal Waterfowl shotshells employ Pattern Density Technology, which puts more lethal pellets on target to bring ducks and geese down cleanly.

FEDERAL PREMIUM AMMUNITION Black Cloud High Velocity shot combines the lethal punch and larger wound channels of FliteStopper steel pellets with a FliteControl wad. The rear-braking wad pulls itself off of the shot string, providing more consistent patterns and better downrange energy. Black Cloud HV uses 60 percent standard zinc-plated steel and 40 percent FliteStopper steel for consistent evenly distributed patterns. Black Cloud HV is now available in high-speed (1,635 fps) 12-gauge, 3-inch, 1(1/8)-ounce loads in No. 3 and No. 4 shot.

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KENT Silver Steel has the same quality and performance of Fasteel, but with plated-steel shot Precision-plated steel pellets have a more consistent and smoother finish and increased corrosion resistance. The result is increased penetration, better patterns and more consistent performance. The loads have high-quality, all-weather primers, custom-blended propellants and water-resistant construction. The specially designed wad reduces recoil and protects shot. Silver Steel is available in 12 gauge in 3-inch or 3(1/2)-inch shells.

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RIO AMMUNITION BlueSteel shotshells are now available in 31/2-inch super magnum loads. BlueSteel starts with a clean-burning powder that provides reliability in cold or extreme weather conditions. The powder propels 1(3/8)-ounce loads at 1,550 fps and 1(9/16)-ounce loads at 1,300 fps. The shells deliver consistent patterns and a balance of speed and pressure, all at an affordable price. BlueSteel super magnum shells are available in shot sizes No. 2, 3, 4, BB and BBB.

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WINCHESTER AMMUNITION introduces Blind Side, steel shotshells loaded with 100 percent Hex Shot The pellets pack efficiently into the hull, allowing 15 percent more shot per shell. The six-sided pellet design induces more trauma and larger wound channels. The Diamond Cut wad is specifically designed for Hex Shot to maximize pellet performance and yield consistent patterns. Drylok technology keeps the powder dry and prevents corrosion. Blind Side is available in 3-inch and 3(1/2)-inch 12-gauge loads in No. 2 and BB.

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DUNN'S SPORTING GOODS has teamed up with Federal Premium Ammunition to offer an exclusive Speed Shock Waterfowl load. The 12-gauge, 3(1/2)-inch shotshell is packed with 1(1/2) ounces of No. 1 steel exiting the barrel at 1,500 feet per second, perfect for pass shooting large ducks and handling geese even at longer ranges. The special shotshell offering is only available online and at Dunn's three retail store locations.

CHOKE TUBES

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TRUGLO Titan choke tubes adjust to different settings quickly and easily without tools or removing the choke. Twist the collar and click into one of several laser-engraved settings, ranging from Cylinder to Extra Full. The Titan accepts all waterfowl loads and is ported for accuracy. The extended-style choke is available in 12-gauge and 20-gauge models.

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PATTERNMASTER Code Black choke tubes feature a wad-stripping design that temporarily stops the wad, allowing the shot to escape the barrel ahead of the wad. Stripping improves the pattern and greatly reduces the length of the shot string. The extended-style choke tube is made of titanium-coated stainless steel. It is cryogenically treated and heat treated for maximum durability. Code Black choke tubes are specifically designed for nontoxic shot.

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CARLSON'S CHOKE TUBES offers Waterfowl complete choke tube sets, which contain three chokes: one suited to close-range, one for mid-range and another for long-range shooting. The stainless-steel chokes are designed to throw tighter, denser patterns than conventional chokes with steel or other nontoxic shot. The extended-style choke tubes are knurled for easy removal and installation. They are backed by Carlson's lifetime warranty.

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ENVIRON-METAL'S Hevi-Shot stainless-steel choke tubes have axial scoring, which dramatically tightens patterns. Ported tubes allow gases to leave the muzzle evenly, reducing barrel whip. The chokes are available in different styles to accommodate different waterfowl hunting situations, from decoying to pass shooting. The extended-style chokes perform well with steel and other nontoxic shot. Hevi-Shot chokes are available to fit all popular waterfowl shotguns.

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FLAMBEAU OUTDOORS MAD Fowl Max choke tube has vertical porting that separates the wad from the shot string, providing a uniform pattern. The extended-style choke puts 91 percent of the pattern in a 30-inch circle at 30 yards and shoots tight patterns out to 60-plus yards. The Fowl Max performs well with all waterfowl loads, from T down to No. 6 in both steel and other non-toxic loads. It is available to fit most popular 12-gauge shotguns.

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BRILEY Buck Gardner Signature Series Extreme Range choke is now available to fit most 12-gauge shotguns. The Extreme Range choke, as the name implies, helps patterns stay together for better long-range performance. The extended-style choke's Straight Rifle Technology prevents rotational forces within the shot and wad from affecting pattern quality. Reverse porting is specifically designed for performance with today's ultra-fast loads.
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Title Annotation:SHOTSHELLS
Author:Shead, Joe
Publication:Wildfowl
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 23, 2011
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