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What is your opinion on variable choke tubes; such as the poly-choke that allows you to change choke without actually actually swapping choke tubes?

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from TJ wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I'm sure they wotk fine, but I am not a fan

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I had good luck with them, you just have to dink around to see what gives the best pattern.

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from labrador12 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I've got 2 Win Model 12's with poly-chokes. They have decades of service under there belts. I've shot cases of steel shot through mine as well as lead. I consider them to be a good choice.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

They will rust in the last position used if not properly cared for. My son has one in his Mossturd 935 that is securely rust welded in the Imp Mod setting. He says they pattern fine.

Like TJ above, I am not a fan either.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Many years ago we took six shotguns from my store to test the effect of the poly-chokes. We wanted to see if the choking system would actually work and if changing the choke setting would change the point of impact. I had installed two of these chokes and the other four were done at the factory. The testing proved that these chokes were remarkable affective and could deliver the advertised results. Just as with regular chokes or the newer screw in models they all did not perform exactly the same. On one gun you might get a full choke pattern with the device set on exactly the full choke highlighted mark and the next gun would deliverer full choke results with the device set 2 lines toward modified. Overall, we gave these chokes very high marks and felt that they were a good value and had the advantage of very quick change with little effort. The biggest surprise was the results with rifled slugs. On the three guns we tested with slugs, you could affect the grouping by fiddling with the choke, not by a tremendous amount but enough to add a little more confidence.

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from shane wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I have a bolt-action 20 gauge with a poly choke and a detachable mag. At first glance or from a distance, it looks like something fierce, either for dangerous game or WWII armor. Really though, it's a terrible gun.

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I do not like those.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I prefer screw in chokes Carlson Extended are the ones I like best, it only takes a few seconds to change them I have shot tieh Poly Chokes a few times and a Cutts once.

They are ok. But I use the same 1100 for most things and don't care for the bulgeon Poly's.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

For years, removing those things was a gold mine for gunsmiths. I replaced mine with a new fixed -choke barrel, and my shooting improved. All you have to do to know if something is a good idea is look at what's winning in competition. I doubt if anybody has seen a polychoke at a trap range in 50 years.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Agreed with TJ and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

They will rust in the last position used if not properly cared for. My son has one in his Mossturd 935 that is securely rust welded in the Imp Mod setting. He says they pattern fine.

Like TJ above, I am not a fan either.

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from TJ wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I'm sure they wotk fine, but I am not a fan

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I had good luck with them, you just have to dink around to see what gives the best pattern.

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from labrador12 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I've got 2 Win Model 12's with poly-chokes. They have decades of service under there belts. I've shot cases of steel shot through mine as well as lead. I consider them to be a good choice.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Many years ago we took six shotguns from my store to test the effect of the poly-chokes. We wanted to see if the choking system would actually work and if changing the choke setting would change the point of impact. I had installed two of these chokes and the other four were done at the factory. The testing proved that these chokes were remarkable affective and could deliver the advertised results. Just as with regular chokes or the newer screw in models they all did not perform exactly the same. On one gun you might get a full choke pattern with the device set on exactly the full choke highlighted mark and the next gun would deliverer full choke results with the device set 2 lines toward modified. Overall, we gave these chokes very high marks and felt that they were a good value and had the advantage of very quick change with little effort. The biggest surprise was the results with rifled slugs. On the three guns we tested with slugs, you could affect the grouping by fiddling with the choke, not by a tremendous amount but enough to add a little more confidence.

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from shane wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I have a bolt-action 20 gauge with a poly choke and a detachable mag. At first glance or from a distance, it looks like something fierce, either for dangerous game or WWII armor. Really though, it's a terrible gun.

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I do not like those.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I prefer screw in chokes Carlson Extended are the ones I like best, it only takes a few seconds to change them I have shot tieh Poly Chokes a few times and a Cutts once.

They are ok. But I use the same 1100 for most things and don't care for the bulgeon Poly's.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

For years, removing those things was a gold mine for gunsmiths. I replaced mine with a new fixed -choke barrel, and my shooting improved. All you have to do to know if something is a good idea is look at what's winning in competition. I doubt if anybody has seen a polychoke at a trap range in 50 years.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Agreed with TJ and + 1 for you sir!!!

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