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December 7, 2006, 02:05 PM
why do full turkey chokes tell you to only use lead shot in the remington 870 express magnum

December 7, 2006, 02:20 PM
Turkey chokes are a very "tight" restriction usually .685 or tighter. Steel shot will not compress like lead will so you stand a chance of splitting or bulging the choke or your barrel or both.

December 8, 2006, 02:57 PM
I believe that some shot materials that are denser than lead such as steel and Hevi-shot over time will wear on the constriction of the choke itself. This would increase pattern size and decrease choke life. You can buy additional full/extra full/super full turkey chokes that are designed specifically for the denser shot materials. I had to do this myself for my 870 SP to use Hevi-Shot turkey loads when Remington loaded them. I purchased Remingtons Hevi-Shot Super Full choke. The combination was devastating and worth the additional few bucks ($30?) IMO.