Choke Opinion

cheap choke?????/ a choke isa contriction .mossberg or briley they do the same thing. the idea that a briley will make you shoot better is BUNK


Dear unsigned,

Did I say that a Briley choke would make you shoot better just because it was a Briley choke? If so, I must have been having a senior moment. In my tests, I haven’t found Briley chokes to outperform any other mass-produced brand when constrictions are identical, but they aren’t any worse either. And they do have some advantages.

First, they offer both flush and extended chokes so that you can pick what you like. I also like the idea that you can order a particular constriction directly from Briley and actually have a chance of getting it for less than a king’s ransom. That’s nice. In my experience, Briley service has been excellent too. One difference in chokes that you can measure is concentricity. Mass produced chokes can easily be “out of round” and that will effect your pattern slightly. Briley’s aren’t bad in this area.

As far as the finish on the inside of the choke goes, I have seen Briley’s rough and I have seen them smooth. My guess is that it is just a production variance, but there are choke makers who actually espouse one or the other. Rough choke advocates feel that the choke can be used to retard the wad and keep it out of the shotstring. Lujtic roughens his chokes for this reason. Others feel that a smooth choke is better so that it doesn’t build up residue. Personally, I don’t notice much difference in performance. Maybe it might affect shotstring, but I can’t really measure that.

I would be very interested in having you send me the spread sheets on your choke experiments so that I can match them up to mine. I am always looking to add to my data and I am sure that your personal tests will prove enlightening.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error, never in doubt.)

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2 Responses to Choke Opinion

  1. Tom Shaw says:

    I have Briley’s chokes in several of my guns and there is one thing I noticed. They don’t get the plastic crud build up like all the manufacturers’ supplied chokes and I’m talking Browning Invector, Invector Plus, Guerini field and Maxis.


  2. Doug kubosh says:

    Technoid you are a gentleman.


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