Choosing the Right Choke For Squirrel Hunting With a Steel Shot Rifle
If you are planning to hunt squirrels using a steel shot rifle, it is advisable to use a modified choke. This shot size is much bigger than that of a full choke shot. Modified shot is still permitted in areas where it is prohibited to use lead for hunting squirrels. Besides, it is cheaper and doesn’t require any changes in the choke or barrel. Here are some tips for choosing the right choke for squirrel hunting with a steel shot rifle.
Modified modified choke
There are two basic types of chokes used for squirrel hunting. The first type is the full choke, which is best for smaller game and can be fired at a distance. The second type is the modified choke, which is looser than a full choke and is ideal for larger game. Depending on the size of the game and its range, one might use a full choke or a modified choke for the shotgun.
For squirrel hunting with steel shot, a modified choke tube or an improved cylinder is best. While both types of chokes can produce a dense pattern, the modified choke is best for close shots with 7.5 lead pellets. If you’re looking for a choke that can work well in most situations, go with the improved cylinder. It opens the shot more easily and is perfect for shots to 25 yards.
When deciding between a midrange choke and a full choke, it is important to remember that they both have different ranges. The midrange choke, for example, is best for shooting at ranges of twenty to thirty yards, while the full choke is best for closer distances. These chokes are also more versatile than the other two, which make them ideal for all hunting situations. And because the tube has a knurled edge, it is easy to install and remove.
The biggest advantage to the full choke is the distance to the target. A full choke can reach targets up to forty yards. Other choke tubes, on the other hand, cannot pattern well past forty yards. In addition, the distance depends on the terrain – swampy edges and fence rows are likely to give you a close shot while a wide open field will be more suited to a long shot. In either case, you should choose the choke based on the distance you anticipate shooting at.
Cryo Plus choke
The Cryo Plus choke for squirrel hunting with a steel shotgun is an effective tool for the job. Its design makes it ideal for close ranges, such as 25-40 yards. The choke offers profound coverage for mid to short-range shots, and the extended tube prevents barrel damage from heavy shots. It is also easy to install and remove. The knurled edge makes it easy to install and remove.
The full choke is not recommended for squirrels with a thin hide, as it will make it difficult to pick out pellets. For tough-hide species like grouse and woodcock, the 7 choke will perform just fine. If you are shooting a squirrel with a soft-hide, however, you may prefer a 4s or a 6s choke. Both types of chokes flow well, and they are both lightweight and weather resistant.
Prismos TSS choke
There are two types of chokes for squirrel hunting: full and modified. Full chokes offer greater control and produce tighter patterns, but they are less effective when shooting at small targets. Modified chokes are best for close range squirrel hunting because they can leave the meat intact. You can use any of these chokes if you’re planning on shooting at a squirrel within thirty yards or fewer.
TSS is short for Tungsten Super Shot, and is made of a Tungsten-iron alloy that’s nearly five times harder than steel. This means a harder hit and tighter patterns. These high-density pellets require a choke tube with a tapered port. Choke tubes that are meant for Tungsten shot are also ideal for medium and long range shooting, as they improve pattern density by up to 20 percent.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.