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Extended vs flush chokes ?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by tjwatc, Dec 14, 2009.

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  1. tjwatc

    tjwatc TS Member

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    Is there any avantage or disadvantage to using extended or flush choke tubes? Just wondering ...

    Specifically I am wondering about the Beretta Optima Choke, but I am sure that any guns info will apply.

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  2. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    Extended ones are easier to change and keep tight on the line since you don't need a tool to keep them snug. If they get totally frozen in, you can get a vise on them too (or just vise-grips if they aren't too bad.)

    Neil
     
  3. Old Cowboy

    Old Cowboy Active Member

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    IMO, guns with relatively short flush chokes like RemChokes prob'ly benefit from extended choketubes........guns with relatively long flush chokes like Beretta Optima, no. Make a side-by-side comparison, you'll note that a flush Beretta Optima choketube is almost exactly the same length as an extended RemChoke.

    John C. Saubak
     
  4. Leo

    Leo Well-Known Member

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    I have a Beretta with optima chokes and use both flush mount and extended factory chokes. I do not think they shoot any different. The only real benefit I ever realized with an extended choke was when an accidental drop on concrete deformed the end of an extended choke, but the barrel was unhurt. Replacing a $45 choke is less painful than having a barrel repaired or replaced.
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Leo, quote: <i>"The only real benefit I ever realized with an extended choke was when an accidental drop on concrete deformed the end of an extended choke, but the barrel was unhurt. Replacing a $45 choke is less painful than having a barrel repaired or replaced."</i>

    Well, I also like the convenience of being able to change them easier, but, I wish all my chokes for my field guns were extended for the very reason you mention - to protect the muzzle.
     
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