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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>"The firearms industry has sold shooters a pig-in-a-poke. It's cheaper to make a bbl. with tubes than a fixed choke. It's also difficult to find two choke tubes that will place your guns pattern at the same POI. Leo is right,so why should anyone want choke tubes? "</i>

I agree it's cheaper, but I disagree about the patterns. At least I've found no difference in POI with my Rem Chokes.

The issue with Rem Chokes, long since resolved, was not differing POI but crooked or off axis installation. Remington invested in new equipment to properly set the barrels up, supposedly a million dollars worth.

High quality fixed choke guns better have a superior choke to screw in chokes. It would be inexcusable if they didn't.

As for not needing to change chokes, I prefer a more open choke for singles and doubles than caps. Until I bought a dedicated trap barrel, I also used the same barrel for sporting clays, and often used an IC choke. For those who only shoot caps, yeah, I can see their point about only needing a full choke. Works for them. Doesn't mean it works for everyone else.
 
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