The difference is in the range
With two range options to choose from, mid and long, I was quickly torn on which choke tube to buy. Most of my duck hunting was done in a blind over water, but occasionally we would get some geese to work us and possibly present a long-range shot. This is what made me decide on the mid-range tube instead of the long. More often than not, my shots would be within 20 yards and that certainly qualifies as mid-range. The mid-range model throws perfectly even patterns with various loads of all velocities and that's what I needed. The long-range model produces dense patterns with loads no larger than a BB and up to 1,550 fps.
The perfect complement to the Black Cloud shell
This choke tube delivers optimum waterfowl-folding performance with Federal's Black Cloud steel shot. For maximum pattern effectiveness, the titanium coating allows the Flite Control wad to open and slow, keeping patterns dense. Not only does this choke tube work well with Black Cloud, but you can also use it with Hevi-Shot® and regular steel shot.
Added confidence with each shot
Confidence in a shotgun/choke/shotshell combination is the biggest factor in improving your hunting and clays scores. A lot of aftermarket choke tubes tout you will shoot better or be more successful in the field just by using their choke tube. While this is partially true, it's more of a misnomer. The choke tube itself cannot make you a better shot. But what it can do is give you a better pattern, thus making your shot more effective. Knowing that I have this choke tube in, combined with the right load, gives me added confidence when I pull up on a pair of backpedaling drakes.
No guarantees on more birds but…
After using this choke tube for a whole season, I can say that it has made a difference in my shooting effectiveness. I have made some shots on birds that have simply amazed me. Even though it is a mid-range choke tube, don't be afraid to pull up on a far one, you just might surprise yourself.
Sean Sutherland contributed to this Field Test Report.