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Briley Sidekick sub-gauge tubes

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by harleypilot, Sep 2, 2007.

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  1. harleypilot

    harleypilot Member

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    I am thinking of buying a set in .410 for my Beretta 682. If you have used these, could you tell me how well they worked? Also any other information on them would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Jim
     
  2. g7777777

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    for what use?

    why not just get a set of companion tubes or fitted tubes?

    those short tubes have had bad reviews in the small gauges

    Gene
     
  3. Bridger

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    The general concensus with the short tubes is that you can go down one gauge with satisfactory results. The 12 to .410 usually gets bad reviews, lots of bloopers, unburned powder etc. Too much for that little wad to seal in the barrel. Best to stick with the full length tubes
     
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    I had a set of chambermates which are the same thing and I would NOT recomend them in .410. The 20 gauge works great. The 28's work well but you need to pick and choose the loads that you shoot, higher pressure loads with faster burning powders will give consistant velocities. The .410's were not at all consistant and every shell has an off sound and no two sound the same. New shells were no better. I bought a set of Rhino stingers which are 15" long and they work well in all gauges


    Jake
     
  5. harleypilot

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    Thanks guys for the info.
    I think I will get full length tubes, which from your advise should work much better.

    Thanks again,
    Jim
     
  6. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    I have the Seminole Chambermates in 12-to-20 and Briley Sidekick's in 12-to-28.

    Both work quite well for me on the skeet field.

    I like the o-ring feature on the Chambermates because it prevents gases from getting back between the insert and the chamber. You DO have to replace the o-rings regularly, though, but they're only about $6.00 for 20 of them delivered from Seminole.

    When I use the Briley Sidekick's, the gun gets much dirtier back at the chamber face.

    Both of these brands of inserts much prefer the premium quality shells like Winchester AA's, and Remington STS's. With my 28 gauge Sidekick's, however, I have had good luck with Estate and Federal shells (the hull is the same on the Estate and Federal shells.)

    If you use the cheaper shells, the bases expand and stick in the insert, and your extractor tries to eject the entire insert, rather than just the spent hull.

    If you reload, definitely stick to the premium shells (AA's or STS's.)

    The Briley Sidekicks don't have the o-ring, but they have a little nylon "button" that provides the resistance to keep them in the bore. These buttons do wear out, and you have to have them replaced by sending the tubes back to Briley. The good thing is, Briley will do this for free (except shipping.) Mine are due.

    I have found, with these shortie (cheapie) inserts, my scores are quite frankly no lower than when I shot skeet with 12 gauge. Its just less recoil.

    FYI, I have had several folks tell me to avoid the shortie tubes with .410, so for those, I went out and got full length Briley companion tubes.

    Tim
     
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