Waterfowl hunters know first-hand how tough it can be to watch a wounded bird struggle. We don’t always make perfect shots that immediately kill the birds we seek to harvest. Sometimes it takes your own two hands – or a specific tool – to finish off a bird.
Adrenal Line’s original The Finisher (above) is a metal tool designed to quickly put a bird down, reducing the suffering a harvested bird may experience. It’s primitive, but effective, efficient, and generally considered a humane method. To finish a crippled bird, insert the tool in the back of its skull to dispatch it once and for all (video demo here).
Every once in a while I’ll stumble across a homemade version when I’m on public land. Last year I found the one above, which certainly works, but not as well as The Finisher.
I’ve used The Finisher many times but never thought to own one until Adrenal Line’s newest version The Feathered Finisher (above) caught my eye.
Not only does it offer a unique look and, well, finish, it doubles as another wing shooter’s field necessity – a 12-gauge choke tube wrench.
Constructed of cast brass and coated with a dark brushed bronze finish, which also gives it its antique look, The Feathered Finisher is well made, free of burs and sharp edges that would otherwise pull threads on garments. It also has a satisfying weight to it.
I wanted my Feathered Finisher to live on my waterfowl call lanyard and lay a specific way that couldn’t be accomplished by using the provided split ring. So, I attempted to drill a small hole in it. I forgot how tough bronze-coated brass is! Nevertheless, I finally made it through and secured it to its new home.
Over the course of the past month I’ve tried the choke tube wrench feature on a variety of 12-gauge shotguns including models by Benelli, CZ USA, Stoeger, Winchester, Remington, and Beretta. While the tool fits some chokes slightly better than others, I had no trouble removing or screwing-in any factory or aftermarket choke tubes.
The bronzed feather’s full-curl provides one-finger operation, but also plenty of surface area and contour for those that just want to grab it.
Some may be wary of sticking a “pokey thing” down into the tube of their shotgun due to a perceived risk of scratching the inside of the barrel. Fortunately, there are three factors working in favor of The Feathered Finisher.
First, the length of the tool is such that it will remain within the confines of nearly all choke tubes – short to extended. So don’t worry about it scratching your scattergun; you’d be hard-pressed to actually contact your barrel with the tool.
Second, the tip of the instrument is nicely rounded, leaving little surface area and no sharp edges to contact the inside of the tube. And, finally, brass and bronze are considered soft metals, much lower on the hardness scale than gun barrel or choke tube steel. Anything that would appear to be a scratch in your choke tube is most likely just a removal of shotshell residue.
In past seasons, a choke tube wrench was always something I’d have to dig around in my bag to locate – often unsuccessfully – and often found rusty. The Feathered Finisher won’t rust, will hang off your waterfowl call lanyard or from a zipper pull on your jacket/waders for easy access, serves as a fail-proof 12-gauge choke tube wrench, will help you finish birds quickly, feels great in your hand, and looks slick as well! The Feathered Finisher is a great field tool for the avid waterfowler and would also make an excellent gift.
Specifications: Adrenal Line The Feathered Finisher
Price as reviewed: $24.98 MSRP
Ratings (out of five stars):
Quality: * * * * *
Don’t judge this field tool by its small size. Made of bronze-coated brass, The Feathered Finisher stands a great chance of outlasting your shotgun. It’s a well-made, sturdy instrument with a great-looking, smooth finish.
Features: * * * *
This tool has two main features – finishing crippled birds and wrenching choke tubes. It states that the choke tube feature is compatible with 12-gauge only. It would be excellent to see 20-gauge on there as well.
Effectiveness: * * * * *
It does the job on waterfowl, humanely putting them out of their misery. The Feathered Finisher’s choke tube wrench feature, meant to service most all tubes, undoubtedly fits some more snuggly than others. Even with a little wiggle room, this tool grabs the steel tube well and can help free or secure even gummed-up tubes without slipping.
Overall: * * * * *
Adrenal Line’s The Feathered Finisher field tool is a great-quality, multi-feature instrument that will quickly dispatch wounded birds and serve you very well when your 12-gauge choke tube needs attention, too. Reasonably priced and backed by a lifetime warranty and 100% money back guarantee, The Feathered Finisher may be the one and only choke tube wrench a waterfowler ever needs.