To Port or Not To Port


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jacob489
February 14, 2013, 08:58 PM
Okay. So, lets talk ported choke tubes. Ported choke tubes are supposed to reduce recoil, increase accuracy, and lets face it they look pretty sweet. In your opinion, are there any benefits? What about downfalls? Do ported choke tubes work differently with different shot sizes or metal? Do they work better at longer or short ranges? As you can tell, I have a lot of questions so feel free to leave whatever knowledge you can impart. Thanks for reading.

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Deer_Freak
February 14, 2013, 09:23 PM
I own a shotgun with a ported barrel it makes no noticeable difference.

allaroundhunter
February 14, 2013, 10:08 PM
Ported choke tubes are not there so much to reduce recoil. Porting the barrel doesn't really reduce recoil, it just reduces muzzle climb. The porting on the choke tube has more to do with how the shot stays with the wad.

The ports do zero for recoil, and they do zero for muzzle jump. They aren't worth the extra money, IMO.

And I have a Beretta Urika 2 with both a ported barrel and ported chokes to go with it, as experience with both.

Liberty1776
February 14, 2013, 10:09 PM
I agree with Deer Freak completely. I own some of each - ported and non-ported, and find no difference between the guns, using the same exact ammo. I would buy one ported, not because it was ported, but I would never pay to have it ported or spend extra money to get ported tubes...

Uniquedot
February 14, 2013, 10:10 PM
are there any benefits?

No.

What about downfalls?

Having to clean the ports.

maxyedor
February 15, 2013, 12:34 AM
The ports are easy to clean. Mop your bore with a really wet mop or bore-snake, then blow some compressed air through the ports, and mop again. Done.

As far as how they function, I can't really tell the difference between my Citoris with or without ports, the porte guns tend to be a bit lighter recoiling, but they're also heavier sporting models, and weight helps with recoil as much as anything.

I like them for the same reason I like my Diana grade chokes, they look rad. Shinny figured walnut stocks, gold inlays, gold chokes, and a spit of flame out the side of the barrel while shooting the Friday Night comp, pure shotgun awesomeness.

Virginian
February 15, 2013, 07:01 AM
They increase noise. Measured it with a sound meter. Lots of us will not allow porting near our dogs. On the range the collect plastic and keep it out of the environment. :)

Sav .250
February 15, 2013, 07:37 AM
Get a re-coil pad. Those things are noisy.

oneounceload
February 15, 2013, 07:48 AM
Think about it - how can a ported choke with holes all around, reduce muzzle jump? It can't. They are a marketing gimmick - nothing more - all designed to make you part with more of your money than necessary. The same is true for ported barrels

Birdhunter1
February 15, 2013, 09:30 AM
First time I guided a quail hunt with a guy who had a ported shotgun was the last time I guided a quail hunt with a guy who had a ported shotgun. LOUD friggin thing, I was standing 15' to his left and it like to blew my ear drums out. I can't imagine what that thing would be like if you had to shoot it indoors.

returningfire
February 15, 2013, 11:15 AM
Need to keep it clean, expensive, and loud, be sure to wear hearing protection.

Milkmaster
February 15, 2013, 11:42 AM
No porting for me for all of the above reasons.

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