I’m thinking of finding a Grade I Superposed Lightning Trap, having Briley install their Thin-Wall chokes, and using it for Skeet, SC, etc. Briley claims that they can screw-choke about 80% of these guns.
What are your thoughts on such a procedure? My main concern is that I might be convicted of blasphemy/sacrilege on Judgement Day and sentenced to plumb the depths of Hades forevermore!
No less an authority than Gene Sears says that the Superposed is “… the best O/U shotgun EVER made at ANY PRICE!”
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Well, it just so happens that I might be of some use to you as I’ve been there/done that.
I think that Gene Sears was right when he commented on the Superposed. Yes, I’ve owned Perazzis and Krieghoffs, but my go-to O/Us are the Belgian Superposeds. That said, I do slightly prefer the Supers made by Fabrique Nationale for the European market as they often have lighter barrels than the Superposed target guns made for the American market, especially in the trap versions. But that’s a matter of personal taste, not of quality.
I had Briley install a full set of flush-mounted Thinwalls in one of my Fabrique Nationale “Special Trap No. 6” bunker guns. I didn’t think that it would be possible to do it as the barrels were so siamesed that there didn’t seem to be any room to cut even the flat threads that they use. Well, I was wrong and Briley did a perfect job. I don’t know how they machined it that closely, but they did.
Did I destroy the value of the gun? No way. 12 gauge Grade 1 American or European market Supers really aren’t that collectible. You can still buy the American import ones for around $2,000 for a nice target version. Adding screw chokes isn’t going to upset that. Sub-gauge and engraved Supers are different. People collect those guns and any change in original condition affects the price. But I don’t think that it does in the grade one stuff. Screw choke it, shoot all the games with it, enjoy! Life is short. You might as well shoot the heck out of the best gun.
I use my FN for all the games: SC, bunker, FITASC, skeet. I modified the stock to fit correctly. I like to see a bit of rib when I mount the gun, so it works for all the games.
Now, I must confess that I didn’t settle for the five chokes which come with the package. But if I had to pick just 5 chokes, I’d get Skeet, Skeet, Mod, Mod and Full. SK/SK for skeet, Mod/Full for trap/bunker and I’d use Mod/Mod for Sporting and FITASC. While Mod/Mod for SC and FITASC might sound restrictive, it really is liberating. Instead of busily changing chokes at each station, you can pay attention to the targets. With both barrels choked the same, there is no worry about which choke to use on which target. Try it and if your son doesn’t like it, you can always order more chokes later.
But, again, I should emphasize that this is just one guy’s approach. If your son is more comfortable swapping chokes at Sporting, so be it. Buy a bunch. But as to having Briley do the work and install the Thinwalls, go for it. It will make a great gun even greater.
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