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Maybe my question isn't clear. Does anyone have first hand knowledge that extended chokes (the ones that stick out past the end of a barrel) form a better, more consistent pattern than standard chokes?? I've read the reports on them and am not convinced they do.
 

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A good choke is a good choke extended or not. The benfit of the extended choke for me is the ability to screw it in by hand and check it for tightness periodically without a wrench. Some will tell you that the longer choke will make a better pattern. My experience at the patterning board would say it is not always true. Like I said....A good choke pattern is a good choke pattern! Patterns can change with differing ammo just as easy as it will with a different choke. Spend some time and find out what works best in your gun and stick with it.
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Salesmen and advertisements would sure have you believe so.

The only way to know is to pattern them, and to the best of my knowledge, none of the extended choke tube manufacturers have published any third party test data that shows extended chokes perform any better than flush chokes.

Only adverts that say the parallel section does this and that, and how the holes stop the wad, and this makes patterns better.

Of course, Teague chokes are well respected, and they have no parallel section at all.

Really, I don't know.

But I'd say, probably not.
 

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I think the only way you can answer your question is to go to a pattern board and test it for yourself. If you can test ones that friends have to compare. The other thing to take into consideration is the maker, shot type, Win or Rem etc. Good Luck on your final out come Pete G. Dallas
 

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As most of the above posters already mentioned is that you need to pattern them. With that being said, years ago when the first choke tubes hit the market they were rather short in length. I have patterned a good number of fixed choke and choke tube barrels over the years and when the first short choke tubes were patterned I felt that they did not throw patterns equal to a fixed choke barrel, especially from the 27 yard line.

In the early years, I felt the short choke tubes were only good for hunting and skeet shooting. Over the years with the chokes being made longer, in my opinion they are now on par with fixed choked barrels all the way back to the 27 yard line. I now feel the longer the choke tube the better. So in answer to your original question, from what Ive seen patterning from the naked eye, I would say yes. Although I can not prove this by scientific means, the patterns look better to me.
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I agree with milkmaster, but I would add that the main reason I use extended chokes are that I put my gun barrel on a rest between shots and should I miss the rest or for some reason it would slip off, I would prefer to replace a damaged extended choke rather that a damaged gun barrel! Jack
 

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I like them for the convenience they offer in verifying what choke I have in the gun and the ease in which they can be removed.

My primary reason for liking them is the protection they offer the muzzle end of the barrel. I would rather have to ditch a dinged choke tube than have to repair a chewed up muzzle.
 
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