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ddriller Posts: 77 Member
The Polychoke was popular in the late 60's-early 70's. Has anyone ever pattern tested one? I know they look ugly but am looking for on old gun to use as a general purpose beater,foul weather and loaner. I see them on well used Ithaca 37s and sometimes Rem 870s-both solid guns and underpriced when polychoke is present.Not looking for perfection just function.
Any patterning problems with both systems now are more than likely related to the almost universal use of plastic shot cups. Both choke systems were NOT designed when these plastic parts were in use, and may or may not work well with them. Remember, you're using them with a shotshell system for which they were not designed for from the start.
And another thing to consider. The old fiber wads used in the paper shotshells are NOT the same diameter as the integral wad/shot cups used in the plastic hulls. You're forcing a bigger diameter hunk of plastic through a choke made for smaller more easily squeezed down fiber wads.
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to a full choke, the effective range was shorter than a fixed choke barrel.
This was in the days of fiber wads as Mike discussed. Some pieces of the choke broke out of the ventilated part; maybe for the use of
plastic wads as Mike discussed.
Even with a polychoke you have to preselect the choke setting because there isn't time to change the setting when a shot becomes
available. For that reason, I would use choke tubes which are not so hard to change. They do make a belt pouch that holds 3 choke tubes and a wrench
if you do not have a knife with a choke tube wrench blade.
Dad had one on a Remington. Patterns terrible. Lucky if it hits the paper.
My uncle had one on an Ithaca 37 that was as good as anything I have seen. Very nice patterns and you could to the equiv of light modified, improved modified, etc if you wanted to.
Not sure if it was in the mounting, who did it or ?
That was my experience with a Mossburg I had back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. I got it for cheap but couldn't hit anything with it.
But if you want to give it a shot, you can still buy paper hull shells: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Federal-Gold-Medal-Paper-Target-Shotshells-Per-Case/1156670.uts
100 Bucks a case.
I know that Polychokes were very popular in the 40's and 50's, maybe later and I have only had trouble with the one ancient, well used A-5. So I think they are fine. I've been told that the open chokes pattern better than the closed ones.
If you do decide to go after a dinosaur with your Mossy, I suggest you screw that choke down to Full and get in close. I'd shoot no smaller shot than 4's. Worked for me. BTW: those of us who hunt them call them "diny's". Oh, I should have mentioned that before you go out after them you need to chug four very dry martinis. Works every time.
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