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A short history of choke tubes and shotgun barrel making

Advice for the Shooter

A choke tube is a tool, a device that allows a shotgun shooter to alter the performance of his gun to meet his current need. It allows a shooter to very quickly change the pattern of shot. He may change it from a very dense pattern to a very open pattern.

For example, by changing a choke tube, the area covered by the majority of the shot can be changed from a 30” circle to an 10” circle at 40 yards. This is just an example but should convey the idea. Sometimes you want a big wide diffuse pattern; sometimes you want a very small concentrated pattern. By changing a choke tube you can vary this pattern at different distances. read more... http://allaboutshooting.com/article_info.php?articles_id=263


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