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Expensive vs. inexpensive chokes

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by RM, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. RM

    RM Well-Known Member

    Should I pay up for Briley chokes at twice the price of Remingtons? Are there really any genuine differences in quality between more expensive and less expensive brands? Thank you for any thoughts on the subject.
  2. eastwood44mag

    eastwood44mag Well-Known Member

    Need more info.

    I bought Briley chokes because they were cheaper than Berettas.

    If you're comparing the same tubes, I'd say go with price. If you mean extended vs. flush, it's really personal preference. I like extended for ease of changing, but that's about it.
  3. PJR

    PJR Well-Known Member

    The main difference I've found with Rem Chokes versus Briley is consistency. Rem Choke's actual constrictions often bear little relationship to what's printed on the side. Briley's are much better in that regard.

    I think Briley's are worth it.

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    I agree with PJR and will add that I have found a few Remington chokes that were WAY out of round. The wall thickness varied, think round on the outside but egg shaped on the inside. Patterns were trash using these tubes.

    Hastings makes a darn good choke tube for a little more than a Remington and a lot less than a Briley. I have both and the Hastings is just as good as a Briley though cosmetically Briley has more options and some are just flat neat looking.
  5. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    Remington needs to tighten up its QC on tubes. As H said, some are not as they should be. I did have some measured and they ran close to spec.

    There's Hastings, Colonial and Carlson's tubes here for various shotguns. All these are excellent, and have better pricing than Briley.

    Briley does make excellent tubes, but price them up.
  6. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    There's always exceptions

    Generally, I think Remington's are fine. I bought the tightest Briley 20 gauge extended choke tube that they made (extra full) and it patterned worse with cheap 7/8 oz. dove loads (7.5 & 8 shot) than the flush Remington Turkey choke that I later bought that was much cheaper.
    I found that the Carlson's extended tubes are a great value.
    I wonder whether or not the quality or brand of ammo is just as important as the brand of choke.:D
  7. bgold

    bgold Well-Known Member

    That is true. Some chokes I have had did not like a particular brand of ammo or size shot, but others worked wonderfully with the same choke. It's just like in a rifle, where it may like a certain load but not others.
  8. gezzer

    gezzer Well-Known Member

    The last few smaller gauge guns I sold out of the shop 28's and 410's have Briley chokes with them straight from Remington.

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