New Gun Ported vs Non Ported 725

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  1. Barnfixer

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    I’ll be in the market real soon for a over/under shotgun. Leaning towards a Browning 725 in 12ga and I see they come ported. I also see some can be had without porting. I’ve read about the positives and negatives of porting in general, mostly negative. We have one person that shoots a 725 in sporting clays and I’ve never noticed a loud report issue, that seems to be the main negative. Has anyone had firsthand experience with the 725 in either variation. Right now I’m thinking non ported and if I can’t find one my next option would be the CXS. What are the pro’s of porting on the 725 model that may sway my choice. FYI I’ve tried Berettas and others and they don’t fit me as well as the Brownings.
     
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  2. dcloco

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    Porting + and - are the same as other applications.

    I do experience more "debris" from ported shotguns, because of the spot you stand on when "pushing the button".

    There is more report with the ported barrels. Depending on ammo, faster loads or quicker burning powder, produces more report.

    I would suggest trying one before you buy.
     
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  3. kudu

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    Any slight advantage that porting gives you will have the negative of much more noise to the sides. It's not a huge issue for target loads until you get to super handicap loads, then it is very noticeable. I have porting on my Beretta 682 Supersport, can take it or leave it, most of the time I wish it wasn't there. Since most of the time I have my sub gauge tubes in with the carrier barrel it doesn't matter until I decide to run the 12 gauge.
     
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    Just from my experience with others who have the porting, I would vote no.
     
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    I vote No. Had a 12 ga Citori Mag na Ported, both barrels. Noise can be a problem for others when standing around skeet shooting. Doesnt bother me.

    The worst one i seen, had holes drilled into the barrel. The noise was unbearable.

    The photo of the 725 ports look a little like drilled holes? 20211101_224758.jpg

    Here is mag na port on my old field gun in 12 ga , 3" Mag , Citori Grade 6
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  6. cdb1

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    Ported barrels whether they are on a shotgun, handgun or rifle, are lipstick on a pig to me.
     
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  7. PapaG

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    I view porting as a way for sellers to make more money. No benefit on singles, about the same for doubles.
     
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  8. Cvans

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    Shooting at night must be a real treat with those ports?
     
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  9. Bill M.

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    I am solidly in the no porting camp.
     
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  10. Barnfixer

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    Thanks for the input on my question. Your answers helped with the choice I made this past weekend. I found out that getting a non-ported 725 is almost impossible. My next choice was the CXS and that’s what I ended up getting and I’m very happy with it. Hoping to try it this weekend, hope I can hit something with it. B645DD14-B1E7-417B-8341-A68567A0EC6B.jpeg
     
  11. PapaG

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    Ports. A way to increase the revenue in selling shotguns while adding no value. Just my opinion. (from a guy who shoots a Model 12 with a Cutts for skeet).
     
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  12. lemaymiami

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    I've never handled or used a shotgun that's been ported (but I'm a guy who only handles brutally simple shotguns - not designed for the field or shooting range...). I have seen similar "design improvements" that strike me as a solution in search of a problem... in other fields... Each to their own, and I know there will always be customers for new and improved...

    Bet there will always be used examples, really nice ones since an "improvement" that's a problem will get sent down the line to another buyer...
     
  13. dieselchief

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    cxs is the ticket! i hold mine high in my shoulder pocket.
     
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    I've have gotten to where I prefer that my shotguns are not ported. I really have not seen any advantage having ports.

    Unfortunately, some of the models that I wanted only came with ports so I had no choice.

    At least in skeet, I've never had anyone complain about the noise from a ported gun. But then, other folks in the flight are not standing next to the shooter.

    When I was competing in skeet, I ended up shooting my 20 ga in the 12 gauge event because my 20 ga averages were better than my 12 ga averages. With my sub-gauge tubes installed, the porting is blocked.

    Side note, in the 1990's carrier barrels were few and far between on low end skeet guns.
     
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    I the same model Browning Citoris with and without porting. I cannot tell any difference in recoil or muzzle jump. As a shooter, I don't notice a difference in noise. I often shoot at night. The porting causes no distraction. Basically, I don't see a benefit. I also wouldn't pass on a gun because of having it.

    Nearly every one I shoot trap or skeet with has a ported gun. I have no objections to the noise from their guns.
     
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    I can't give you a comparison or even an opinion of which I would prefer. I can say that when I shot the 725 ported version I was very impressed with the overall performance of the gun. Wish I could afford one.
     
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  17. Barnfixer

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    This coming weekend the club has a new years shoot and I’m going to pay extra attention to the sounds of ported vs nonported. The ported guns never really stood out sound wise before. I’m also going to be watching Browning in the future to see if they’ll be offering the 725 nonported as a standard to there lineup. The limited run of those guns seemed popular. Other factors played into me picking the CXS. I did try the CXS out this past weekend and couldn’t be happier! My son really liked it too.
     
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    will want a report on your success!
     
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    I did some shooting today and can say the CXS performed as well or better than expected. Considering I had extra layers on for the single digit windchill temps and very cold fingers. Very happy with this gun and can’t wait to shoot more regularly.
     
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    I do not worry about how my gun sounds to anyone but me, when I shoot in competition. No one, not one person, stands next to your barrel in sporting clays, to throw birds, more than once.

    Most of the ported guns come over bored as well, the combination makes for a faster second shot on fast close doubles or crossers. And in sporting clays competition you get them, every match. You best be very quick and dead on with full spring crosser.

    The question is really more about ported VS nonported and any given x25 Citori, I have several different Citori sets, ported and non ported. My scores non ported in a 100 round match are high 80s, ported in the high 90s. So how serious are you about the top 10%? But I prefer an adjustable comb to ports if only one is a choice, both is much better.
     
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  21. Cvans

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    In the end every gun we purchase is in search of happiness. Your a lucky man.
     
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  22. eastbank

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    i have both ported and non ported browning o/u,s and would not give you a nickle for the difference. to me the noise over rides any benifits from the porting.
     
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  23. CopperFouling

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    Who shoots clays at night?

    I own both and never really noticed a difference either way. If I were to choose one, I'd do what you did and choose the non-ported one, if only because I don't perceive much of an advantage, and they are a pain to clean.
     
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  24. ColtPythonElite

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    I shoot clays at night. Lots of clubs offer night shooting.
     
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  25. CopperFouling

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    Okay, I was being snarky. Apologies, @Cvans. That was not very High Road of me.

    @Barnfixer, that is a nice Citori. Enjoy.
     
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