BlackBore Shotgun Choke Articles


Everyone is doing it (the manufacturers of shotguns, that is)! Tactical shotguns are mainstream now and just about every manufacturer offers a model or two. Remington, Mossberg, Benelli and FN just to name a few. The shooting community is made up of many civilian shooters, LEO's and members of the Military who purchase and use these types of shotguns.

Typically, they are 12 gauge and of the pump and semi-auto action persuasion with a dark or camo finish, magazines that hold multiple rounds and sights that enhance the probability of hitting the target (whatever that might be). Ammo is usually one of the buckshot and/or slug loads. They look and feel like the tools that they are and are capable of doing any job asked of them! But what of the shotgun's choke? What is its function and where does it fit in the great scheme of things?

Since a shotgun's primary job is to deliver multiple pellets in a dense, consistent pattern to the target or object, the shotgun depends on a constriction at the muzzle to keep the shot together to said target, depending on the distance. The shotgun's barrel may come from the factory with Cylinder bore (really not a "choke" at all, but the barrels inside diameter, usually .729") or with threads in the barrel so that a screw-in type choke can be changed to different constrictions.

Tactical chokes usually sport a black oxide finish or durable coating to eliminate any reflections. The latest fad is for the choke to sport "teeth" at the muzzle end as a standoff device. They may look  menacing, but are not too practical. To each his own.

BlackBore Tactical HD shotgun chokes are available for most of the tactical shotguns on the market today. What makes the BlackBore Tactical HD choke different? Each port incorporates a wide blade that cuts, slices and slows down the wad surrounding the shot or slug as they pass through the choke. This means that the wad will not interfere with the shot/slug at the moment it leaves the barrel. After the shot is taken, you will see slivers of wad in the air around you and on the ground in front of you. Check the pattern at the target. You will see that the pellets are more evenly distributed and concentrated and that is what the game is all about! For slugs, you should see the holes touching or very close together.

Consider BlackBore Tactical HD for your next tactical choke. If you don't see one for your shotgun, contact us and we will try to help you!

After a seemingly endless summer, hunting season for most of us is finally here! Fall is in the air and its past time to break out the favorite shotgun to clean, check, and prepare the shotgun for the work ahead. Hopefully, the hunter will take the time to brush up on their shooting skills on the skeet and sporting clays field!

In most states, the start of the hunting season brings hunters out to harvest small game and birds such as dove, quail, pheasant, rabbit and the like. It is important that the shotgun hunter match his choice of shotgun shell to the game and to use the right choke to deliver the shot for that one shot kill. The shotshell manufacturers do a great job of providing the recommended load for the game, but it is not so easy to pick the shotgun choke that will give the hunter the highest probability of hits.

As the shotguns come from their respective factories, most chokes supplied are either of the conical flush-type (ends at the muzzle) or of the conical/parallel extended-type with the latter finding the most favor. While there are lots of opinions on what the length the parallel section should be, almost everyone will agree that a conical section (as determined by the manufacturer of the shotgun) with some amount of parallel section greatly helps in the transition of the shot through the choke. After all, the less stress on the shot the better so that they will fly as true as possible to the intended target.

There are many manufacturers of aftermarket shotgun chokes out there and they all make chokes suitable for the hunting fields. Usually, shotgun manufacturers such as Browning, Beretta, Benelli, Winchester, Mossberg and others have particular shotgun models just for field use, with camo finishes and extended chambers for the 2-3/4", 3" and 3-1/2" hunting loads. Pump and semi-auto actions are the most numerous. Any of these will do the job and choice usually boils down to personal preference.

There is a new manufacturer of hunting chokes for the field hunter. The BlackBore HunterPro series of chokes are manufactured with ports incorporating a cutting blade within the port itself. The BlackBore HunterPro Choke is designed to be used with a particular port blade width and number of ports for a particular shot size range. That's because field loads within a range of shot use different wads of different thicknesses and configuration. When the shotgun is fired, the wad with the shot passes through the choke where the port blades slice off "slivers" of the wad, slowing the wad and preventing the wad from interfering with the shot column as it leaves the muzzle. You will see the evidence of this in the surrounding air when you shoot and on the ground in front of the muzzle. Patterns should show improvement because "flyers" will be eliminated.

If the shooter is not happy with testing loads and field results, but sure to try various other shotshell loads. Once the right choke/shotshell combination for your shotgun is determined, the hunter can concentrate on bringing home the game!