I have been shooting JEBS chokes for a number of years and I've always been impressed with their quality, appearance and of course performance. Recently, I had an opportunity to try the new "Black Nitride" chokes.
I tried a "High Voltage" .690 choke in my Benelli Vinci and a "Headhunter" turkey choke .650 in my Winchester SX3.
The very first thing that I noted, when I picked one up was how smooth the finish was. I can't really describe just how it felt, velvet seems a little silly when talking about a tube of stainless steel but that may the only word that I can use for it. The finish is slick!
Installation of the High Voltage and the Headhunter tubes was about as you'd expect. Both tubes installed very easily, spinning right in and seating firmly.
Since I know from past experience how well JEBS chokes pattern, my real interest with these chokes was to see how the Black Nitride finish would hold up and as an aside, if it did affect the patterning, one way of the other.
My trip to the range with these chokes would include putting some Winchester Longbeards and some Hevi-13 shells through both chokes. That should give a good comparison of patterns and allow me to achieve my primary objective to see if any wear could be noted on the finish.
The first gun/choke combination was the Benelli Vinci and some Winchester Longbeard shells with 2 oz. of #5 shot and some with 2 oz. of #4 shot. Then I put several rounds of Hevi-13 with #6 shot and several rounds of Magnum-Blend shells. Then, I shot 10 rounds of some Winchester steel loads with #7 shot.
I did not clean the choke between any of the rounds. When I was through shooting, I put just a bit of Prolix on a patch and ran it through the High Voltage bore and it was as clean as when I started, with no signs of wear.
I completed the same tests for the Headhunter choke and had the same results. The choke cleaned very easily and there were no signs that any of the shot had worn on the interior surface.
Although my primary interest was to see how the Black Nitride finish held up, the patterns that both of these chokes threw with the various loads was frankly incredible. All patterns, regardless of load, were dense and even. I was especially impressed with the High Voltage .690 and intend to use it with my Vinci for the upcoming dove season. It patterns like no .690 choke I've shot and if fast-flying doves get by me, I'll know it's my fault.
Slick, beautiful and great patterns define these chokes.Here's what the folks at JEBS have to say about these new chokes:
"Just like our original JEBS Head Hunter choke tube design, the Black Nitride - Head Hunter choke tubes are held to the same quality and durable standards as before. Besides looking incredible in the black, there are many additional benefits to the Black Nitride process."
- Provides Additional Lubrication
- Protects Against Corrosion
- Wear Resistant
- 82 on Rockwell Chart
After using both, I'd have to agree.
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