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This weeks interview is with George
Trulock. George is the owner and president of Trulock Chokes. Trulock Chokes are known
throughout the industry for their high quality chokes and outstanding record of customer
satisfaction. They stand behind this commitment to quality with a lifetime warranty on all
their products. Trulock Chokes provides chokes for not only the big shotgun manufacturers,
but for Tri-star, Verona, Stoeger and a gazillion others. If you're looking for a choke
make sure you stop by their website at http://www.trulockchokes.com.
Now let's talk to George Trulock.
SGW: How long have you
been manufacturing chokes?
GT: I designed the Tru-Choke in 1981 and started production in 1982. That
followed by our style of Win Choke tube in 1983. That would put us with 21 years in the
SGW: So, what
made you decide to go into the choke business?
GT: I had been heavily involved in custom pistolsmithing for
several years doing caliber conversions on N frame Smith & Wesson revolvers and the
manufacture of specialized tooling for gunsmiths. Ralph Walker of Walker Arms asked us to
make some duplicates of the Win Choke for gunsmiths to retrofit into fixed choke shotgun
barrels. After examining this style of choke I thought that a different design with a
smaller outside diameter would allow gunsmiths to install them in smaller diameter
barrels. The Tru-Choke was the result of that design project.
SGW: What makes Trulock
chokes better than manufacturers chokes that come with a
GT: Quality and choice. Our chokes are offered in .005 thousandths
increments and are guaranteed to be exactly as marked. As you know, all shotguns do not
shoot the same and by offering the chokes in close increments it makes it possible to go
up or down one step to obtain the percentage of pattern you want. In our most popular
lines we offer chokes in both flush and extended. In most of the extended versions we
offer both a bright and black oxide
finish. With the exception of our Super Waterfowl and a new Ti choke we will bring out
later this year, all of our chokes are made from high strength 17/4 stainless steel. We
back this up with a lifetime warranty and a customer satisfaction guarantee. If for ANY
reason the customer is not satisfied with our products within sixty days from the date of
can return them for exchange or refund of purchase price. The only thing that is required
to do this is a copy of the purchase invoice.
SGW: For years fixed chokes
were the norm, so are different removable chokes really that important to a shotgun owner?
GT: Very much so. With any given choke, either fixed or
interchangeable, they will throw different pattern percentages with different loads,
different sizes of shot and different brands. The ability to change the degree of choke
gives the shooter the ability to get the pattern they want. With a fixed choke gun you are
limited in the ability to do this.
SGW: If a person could only
possess three chokes, which three would you recommend?
GT: That is a loaded question if I ever heard one! My answer will
be controversial whatever it is. My picks are Skt 1, Skt 2 [Light Mod] and Improved
Modified. My reasoning behind this is that these will function quite well for all upland
bird and small game hunting with the appropriate shell. They function very well with steel
shot for waterfowl shooting and
one could get by with the improved mod and Hevi-Shot for turkey hunting if you picked your
SGW: What are the advantages
of the extended chokes?
GT: There are several. Generally they will give a more uniform
pattern with lead loads. In our testing, steel loads have always shown an improvement in
the patterns with extended chokes. They are easier to change and our marking on the head
makes it simple to determine what degree of choke you have in the shotgun. It really
bothers me to see people looking down the muzzle of a gun to try and count the notches on
a choke tube. This is the reason that we do not notch code our flush style chokes.
SGW: Recently we've seen
increased popularity of the ported chokes...is this justified in your opinion?
GT: Ported chokes will reduce recoil by some amount. I honestly
cannot tell any significant difference. I have had people who are sensitive to recoil tell
me that they can. They will get dirty much quicker and they do increase muzzle blast.
SGW: Years ago the Adjustable
choke was introduced. In your opinion why did the
Adjustable choke fall off the map?
GT: While adjustable chokes function very well I think that looks
played the major role in its decline. Most shooters I know either really like or dislike
adjustable chokes. There does not seem to be much middle ground with this style of choke.
Those that did not like them were almost universal in the opinion that they did not like
the large object on the end of their gun
barrel. When internal interchangeable chokes became readily available they then shifted to
SGW: What do you think has
been the most exciting advancement in shotguns over
the last 20 years?
GT: I'm going to have to say the internal, interchangeable choke
tube. I'm sure my answer was the "Big Surprise" of the year! Technically this
started with the Winchester in the 50's which is slightly more than 20 years ago but if we
cheat a little and say it really caught on in a big way in the early 80's I can squeeze it
under the wire.
SGW: What new products can we
look forward to from Trulock Chokes?
GT: We plan to introduce replacement extended chokes for Perazzi,
Krieghoff and Lanber in 12 ga. From my perspective the most exciting thing we will
do for 2004 will be the introduction of the "Trulock Ti Choke" line of choke
tubes. These will be made from a titanium alloy and we plan to have each degree of choke
with its own unique color. We will start with the Perazzi, Invector Plus and Beretta Mobil
choke in 12 ga extended and go from there.
SGW: So I understand you brought us some goodies to
GT: You bet, a set of three chokes in
one of our plastic choke clamshells. We'll let the winner decide between the
Sporting Clay or Precision Hunter model.
SGW: Thanks a heap for doing our
very first Celebrity Talk interview, George.
GT: My pleasure Jay.