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Are used fixed choke guns an unfair bargain ?

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Seems like used trap guns with fixed Full chokes are priced quite a bit lower than similar used guns with screw-in chokes.

Since all trap guns will ultimately have Full chokes anyway, are these used ones that have fixed Full chokes really a steal since (1) they are priced so low, (2) we save the unnecessary diversion through choke playing land and (3) we don't spend hundreds of dollars on various chokes that aren't Full chokes anyway ?

I must admit to having at least one SBT bought used with a fixed non-Full choke.

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I will probably ruffle some feathers with what I am about to say but here it goes. When choke tubes first came out they were short choke tubes that did not pattern as good as fixed choke barrels especially from 27 yards. At that time I believed choke tubes were fine for skeet shooting and field shooting. Over the years choke tubes have been made longer, and I believe with added length they now throw comparable patterns as good as fixed choke barrels.

With that being said, If a shooter is the type of person who is constantly changing choke tubes with every target that is missed, I would think this type of individual might be better off with a fixed choke barrel.

I do believe that there are some buys on the used gun market for fixed choke barreled guns especially at places like Gander mountain. My opinion is that Gander mountain caters to the hunter who most require and request choke tube guns. Because of this, Gander will not offer much for fixed choke guns, and should they have one in stock for sale, you usually can get the gun at a more modest price.
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Those Beretta Mark 11's were target breaking machines. My friend had one and I was in awe with the amount of metal in that barrel. He broke numerous 100 straights with that gun. He had a 32inch barrel. In fact, I have never even seen a 34inch barrel in that gun? One of the best buys ever for a trap gun.
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