Patternmaster - The Science of Shot
Patternmaster Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Patternmaster has always claimed to be a non-constriction tube, now you have the Anaconda which says "Gas Over Constriction Technology"! What does this mean?
A. Patternmaster's newest innovation, introduced in May 2013!!! Not all hunters prefer a short shot string. Therefore, Patternmaster designed the Anaconda tubes to offer a slightly longer shot string with a twist! The Anaconda tubes have a combination of constriction and coils (Internal chambers)! The "Coil Zone" is a negative twist continuous chamber within the tube that puts a strangle hold on gasses wrapping them around the wad to produce an even, consistent pattern. Anaconda tubes are available in Short, Mid, and Long range as well as the "STRIKER" for Turkey. Available where Patternmaster tubes are sold!
Q: Can I shoot the new Remington 1700fps ammo through my Patternmaster choke?
A: Patternmaster and Ballistics Performance, LLC has put the tubes through an enormous amount of testing. We have found that ammunition running faster than 1550fps will not perform as well as slower ammunition. Patternmaster tubes, with the patented stud ring, are designed to grab the base of the plastic wad in your ammo and hold it for a millisecond while the shot leaves the barrel ahead of the wad. When ammo is running faster than 1550fps, the studs do not get a chance to engage on the plastic wad, therefore, making them useless.
Q: I have a new Benelli Vinci. Does Patternmaster make a tube to fit my gun?
A: Yes, Patternmaster Beretta Optima Plus/Benelli M2, SBE II choke will interchange with your new Benelli Vinci. Please refer to the TUBEFINDER at www.patternmaster.com for more information.
Q: Can I shoot rifled lead slugs through Patternmaster tubes?
A: We do not recommend shooting slugs through Patternmaster tubes. One exception may be the Patternmaster Anaconda Short Range.
Q: I am looking for some help deciding which Patternmaster to buy. I shoot both 3" and 3.5 inch shells through a Benelli Super Black Eagle. I usually shoot steel #2 or BB 3.5's on geese, and #5 3" on ducks. What happens if you shoot 3" shells through the extended tubes, what effect does this have on the pattern?
A: Patternmaster tubes have the tightest patterns when the patented studs have contact with the base of the plastic wad in your ammo and the front of the wad is flush with the front of the tube. The exterior portion of the tube encompasses the plastic wad, not allowing it to open. Using this concept, shooting a 3” or 3 1/2" shell through an EXTENDED tube will display approximately the same full pattern. But, shooting a 3" or 3 ½” shell through a LONG range tube, because the tube is 1/2" shorter out the end of the barrel, the 3" shells will throw a full pattern but 3 1/2" shells will show more of a modified pattern.
Q: I'm a waterfowler who owns a Stoeger 2000 - what tube do you recommend for pass shooting geese and for shooting over decoys?
A: The Stoeger 2000 interchanges with Patternmaster Benelli/Beretta Mobilechoke. (Please refer to the TUBEFINDER at www.patternmaster.com for more info) For this application, Patternmaster 12ga Benelli/Beretta Mobile EXTENDED or Patternmaster 12ga Benelli/Beretta Mobile Code Black GOOSE. (full pattern, recommend for use outside 40 yards) using 3" or 3 1/2" shells. If you are hunting close or over decoy, Patternmaster 12ga Benelli/Beretta Mobilechoke SHORT range or Code Black DECOY. (improved/modified pattern for use inside 40 yards).
Q: I am shooting the Benelli Super Black Eagle with the Patternmaster. I really like it. The question I have is it works very well with steel shot, can I use it also for pheasant loads? Please let me know I do not want to damage the tube or the gun.
A: I am not sure which Patternmaster tube you are using EXTENDED, LONG, or SHORT range. EXTEDNED and LONG range Patternmaster tubes are recommend for use beyond 40 yards. SHORT range Patternmaster tubes are for over decoy or inside 40 yards. Patternmaster tubes are compatible with all types of ammunition, Lead, Steal, or other Non-toxic shot. Patternmaster does not recommend using slug or ammunition with flight control wad in the tubes with a patented stud ring.
Q: I own two Browning Shotguns. A 1994 Browning Auto-5 3" 12ga. Magnum with Invector Plus choke tubes and a 2002 BPS 12ga. 3 1/2" also with invector plus choke tubes. What Patternmaster could I use that would fit both shotguns?
A: Patternmaster Invector Plus will fit both guns. If you purchase a LONG range tube you will see full patterns with 3" shells and modified patterns with 3 1/2" shells. EXTENDED Patternmaster tubes will throw a full pattern with both lengths of shells. SHORT range Patternmaster chokes will throw an improved/modified pattern. All of the tubes I mentioned will fit either Browning Invector Plus shotgun you described.
Q: I would like to know if you make a Browning Gold 10 ga. tube. I need it to shoot geese at great distances with 3 1/2" Hevi-Shot. Also, I would like to purchase an extended tube for my Remington 1187 Super-Mag. I shoot 3 1/2" Hevi-Shot in this gun too. Do you make a full for my Browning Gold 10 Ga. shotgun?
A: YES! Your Browning 10ga will interchange with Patternmaster Browning 10ga EXTENDED. For the Remington 1187 the Patternmaster 12ga Remington EXTENDED. Both tubes will reach distances of 70 yards.
Q: I purchased a Patternmaster tube from Cabela's (I think it is the standard model) and was wondering if 3.5" shells will work ok in it. I shoot a Benelli Nova and most of the time I shoot 3" shells
A: 3 ½ inch shells will work fine in the standard/LONG range Patternmaster. The standard/LONG Patternmaster will NOT give you as tight of a pattern with 3 ½ as it will with 3-inch shells. You will get tightest pattern with 3 ½ inch shells and the EXTENDED Patternmaster.
Q: I need a tube for shooting large shot (lead buckshot and waterfowl steel shot) in a Browning Invector Plus 12 GA 3-1/2". What tube do you recommend and do you offer dealer pricing?
A: For 3 ½ inch shells you need the Patternmaster Invector Plus EXTENDED or Patternmaster Code Black GOOSE. Patternmaster always welcomes new dealers, please call 877-388-2259 to begin the set-up!
Q: Do you make a tube for a Baikal MP-153? I will be using it for turkey hunting
A: Yes, Patternmaster Baikal MP-153 Code Black GOOSE or Code Black DUCK! I would recommend CODE BLACK GOOSE for turkey hunting!
Q: I have a Franchi 12ga. automatic. Is there a Patternmaster tube to fit this gun? Will one for the Benelli work?
A: Yes, the Franchi shotgun takes the same tube as the Patternmaster 12ga Benelli/Beretta Mobilechoke. (I-12 typically takes a Crio tube) Please refer to the TUBEFINDER at www.patternmaster.com for more information.
Q: I am really interested in your product. I do a lot of turkey and duck hunting, but what I am really wondering is how will this tube help my 00 buckshot pattern for deer? I shoot a Remington 870 12ga. 3” with a 28'' barrel. I guess what I really want to know is do you believe in your product enough to guarantee my satisfaction?
A: Patternmaster tubes are unconditionally guaranteed for 30 days (with receipt) when purchased directly from Patternmaster.com. If you purchase from one of our vendors you will have to abide by their return policy. We want you to be happy. Buy the choke, shoot it, pattern it, if you do not love it, return the tube for a refund or replace it with another tube. For more information please call 1-877-388-2259.
Q: I really want one of these tubes but I have heard rumors that they have a tendency to loosen up and back out of the barrel. If this is true has the problem been fixed?
A: Due to the twist on ammo when it hits the patented Patternmaster stud ring, there may be a loosening of the tube. We recommend using white Teflon plumbers/pipe tape on the threads before installation or your favorite brand of tube lube.
Q: I shoot a Charles Daly semi-auto, (same threads as a Remington Choke) the problem if I shoot anything tighter than an IC with steel shot it causes too much recoil in the barrel and it breaks my locking block. I called them and they told me if I get a ported choke than it would reduce the recoil and I could shoot a tighter choke. But since your chokes don’t constrict the barrel size they should allow the gas to escape right?
A: Patternmaster ported tubes will help reduce recoil. SHORT range and MID range do not come ported. EXTENDED and LONG range come ported and will throw a full pattern with 3" shells.
Q: I have a Benelli SBE II I know that the regular Benelli tubes don't fit in the SBE II and all that I can find that you all make is the regular one. My question is do you make one for the SBE II and if so where can I get one.
A: Yes, Patternmaster makes a Benelli Crio/Beretta Optima Plus tube to fit your SBE II.
Q: I purchased a Patternmaster several years ago for goose and turkey hunting, I have recently purchased some Hevi-Shot and they recommend the choke diameter be .0675 +. 005 can you tell me what size Patternmasters ID is and if you have heard how the Hevi-Shot performs with your Chokes?
A: Patternmaster Classic and Code Black tubes are not a constriction tube so the ammunition recommendations do not apply. Patternmaster chokes have been tested and works extremely well with Hevi-Shot.
Q: I have an Extrema, what buckshot can I use with the Patternmaster?
A: Any brand of buckshot works well with the Patternmaster. Due to the patented stud ring it is necessary that the ammo has a plastic wad. (Some brands of 00 Buck has cardboard wads and don't tend to perform to plastic wad level)
Q: Besides Cabela's what other stores would carry the extended tubes for the Mossberg 835.
A: Please see our Dealer Locator at www.patternmaster.com. Please contact your local dealer for inventory information.