I've got an SP-10 with a Hastings .695 Comp choke and was thinking of using it with #4 buck on coyote. I know I have to put this on paper but was wondering what others have found to be a good combination for coyote at 50+ yds. Thanks!
I've only fired one shot with my BPS10 with lead #4 buckshot using a .705" Terror choke. The pattern seemed to be pretty good, but one shot is not enough to judge the load and choke combination.
You may find the .695" choke too tight for #4 lead buckshot. I tried a couple of shots out of my Nova using a .675" Terror choke that performs quite well with steel BBB's, but it gave terrible patterns with the lead #4 buckshot. A modified, .705", in the Benelli system, gave considerably better patterns.
Using factory Browning extended chokes, I got my best patterns in my BPS10ga. with lead #4 buckshot using a .735" choke. I think chokes that are too tight for large lead pellets deform the pellets too much to produce good patterns.
If your choke doesn't pattern well, try dropping back to a Improved Modified (about .750") or a modified choke, and see if your patterns improve. If they do, your .695" is just too tight for that pellet size.
But, like anything else in pattering shotguns, you might be fortunate and your .695" may pattern them well. Just don't assume that because it patterns small lead shot tightly that it will do the same with large lead shot. It normally won't.
Here's a couple of patterns I shot through the BPS10 using a .705" Terror choke at 40 yards with a 2oz. load of lead BB's and a 2oz. load of lead #2 shot. I will take a pic. of the 4 buck load pattern tomorrow and post it up so you have something to compare your's to, so you can tell if your combo is performing better or worse.
I couldn't find the 4 buck pattern sheet, but here's one that 10GAGENUT shot with a Browning 10ga. using a Rem. #2 Hevishot load and the .705" Terror choke at 40 yards. The outside circle is 30", while the inside circle is 15". Hevishot 2's or BB's is what I would choose over lead 4 buck for shots out to around 80 yards on coyotes.
I haven't seen anyone post any actual patterning percentages with the Dead Coyote Hevi T's. Based on a recent report, it appears to be brittle shot, like bismuth in that respect, so I have no idea what chokes might pattern it well.