Like the "magnum" guns, the advent of the super chokes on shotguns don't make you a better hunter.

"Vegetarian: an old Indian word for 'can't hunt'."

There's an enormous amount of truth in that outside the word "vegetarian". Thanks to some input from my friend and faithful reader Craig Taylor of Pennsylvania, I'm going to take a jab at all you guys who spend hundreds on the after-market choke tubes.

Many hunters aren't the sharpest tack in the pack and a lot of them who are, simply ignore the basic laws of physics when it comes to shooting guns.  Here's two: "For every action, there's and equal and opposite reaction", and "Pressure and velocity vary inversely." No matter what you do, those two laws are going to play a part in the end result.

Suddenly the 3.5 inch magnum 12 gauge shotgun is the only one out there. Few people who are big and fat like me can take the kinds of recoil generated by these cannons, and many who force themselves to for manly purposes soon find they don't shoot nearly as well as they used to. Just anticipating the recoil makes them get the yips and flinching while pulling the trigger means your shot column isn't where you hoped it would be.

Next is that "velocity" thingy.  When you place a "super full" or "turkey choke" on your gun, you do it to increase the velocity of your shot downrange. It works lke the nozzle on a waterhose. But to increase that velocity, there has to be a pressure let off and that takes place right at the muzzle of your gun. That pressure doesn't disintegrate, it increases the recoil and puts stress on your firearm as well as your shoulder. Though American firearms are the most dependable around and manufacturers will tell you that adding those after-market chokes do them no harm, that's bull. I've seen 2 guns in the last 2 years with split barrels and both had after-market chokes.

Couple all this with a turkey head about the size of a tennis ball.  Sure, your pattern will be 12 inches wide at 60 yards, but what happens with a turkey at 10 and you with the yips? Many times the turkey gets an education and an ear ache and you start lamenting that it was "impossible" for someone of your skills to have missed a bird that close. Next time you're out, check your pattern at that range and it will probably be one or two inches at most.

If you want to "hunt" use a gun and shells that you're comfortable with and take shots at ranges that a "hunter" would be proud of. You can always lie to your buddies and say it was at 75 yards.