Stanley76 wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:05 pm
I'm looking at a Remington Model 31 16 gauge online and considering it. It has a poly-choke. Anybody have experience with poly-chokes? I had had a Mossberg bolt action 12 gauge with a poly-choke when I was a teenager but I'm not sure of how they perform. Any input or advice is appreciated. I don't care about how it looks, just how it performs.
No personal experience here - I saw them on a lot of single barrel guns in my youth, but they pretty much disappeared when manufacturers started selling guns with interchangeable choke tubes. My dad and most others he hunted and shot with carried side by sides so I mostly only saw Polychokes at a distance.
A lot of the old timers I knew poo-poohed them, giving guns that had them disparaging names, calling them band aids and bandages on the muzzle, but they did work. My father considered them “ugly,” of course he’d never say that to anyone who had one.
I might add that the gun I shoot most is fitted with Briley choke tubes. I have 9 tubes for it (it came to me that way), but I haven’t used anything but Improved Cylinder and Modified in it for ages! The other tubes just sit in a case unused. It might just as easily have been bored that way with fixed chokes and I’d be just fine with it.
My advice, take it or leave it, would be to avoid buying too many shotguns guns too quickly at this early, very eager stage. You’ve got a very fine shotgun. Shoot your Fausti until it becomes quite familiar and comfortable and your mount is something that happens properly and repeatably perfect every time. If you change guns a lot now it will take longer to find that consistency.
(I’ve seen this happen with fly rods and fly casting with my fishing clients, too.)
Once you’ve shot the Fausti for a while and been around shotguns and other shooters for a while you’ll likely have a much better idea what you want/need for your next gun, and you’ll have saved enough to get a good one.
Recently, when I was selling some pipes to gather funds for new ham gear, I also sold a few shotguns. I had several that I bought in a fever that never quite fit me or found much use. I find that now one favorite 20ga. and one favorite 12ga. pretty much take care of my actual shooting.
Same with handguns here. I only have 2. Somehow, handguns never really struck my fancy.
Rifles are another matter. I could never have too many. I imagine I’ll likely get more. But that’s just me.
But if that’s you and shotguns, and if money is no problem ...
Buy everything that strikes your fancy!
(And post pictures!)