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 Post subject: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:17 pm 
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Hello - I'm new to the forums, but have been an upland hunter and trap shooter for over a decade. Got a 686 for college graduation and that's where my love for Beretta began. I'm looking forward to learning from folks here more knowledgeable than me!

My question: I recently bought a Beretta 302 in 12ga, complete with a set of four drop-in chokes. When the choke is inserted into the barrel, the ring around the front of the choke doesn't seat all the way down flush on the muzzle. The back of the choke definitely feels like it's fully seated inside the barrel. Judging from my optima and mobil chokes on other guns, I'd have guessed that with these drop-ins, the front ring of the choke would sit flush down on the muzzle. Am I missing something, or am I just over-thinking this?




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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:47 pm 
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I believe these drop in chokes were the first generation that beretta used before they introduced their Mobil choke series of screw-in chokes...as long as the collar that screws onto the muzzle seats tightly, you are good to go.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am 
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Thanks for the reply. The collar definitely screws down tightly, so I’ll stop worrying about it. I appreciate your input.

I realize my description maybe wasn’t great, so here’s a picture of the fully seated tube with the gap between the ring and then muzzle.
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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:00 pm 
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Something isn't right here! I have a Browning B80, which is essentially a rebadged Beretta A303. It too has removable chokes that fit perfectly flush. Mine takes "Invector" chokes, which may or may not be a function of it sporting the Browning name. I'm curious to see if your barrel has any markings as to choke type and what is actually noted on the choke itself?


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:14 pm 
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Are those the correct chokes for that gun?

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 Post subject: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:28 pm 
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Thanks for the replies!

RUT wrote:
Something isn't right here! I have a Browning B80, which is essentially a rebadged Beretta A303. It too has removable chokes that fit perfectly flush. Mine takes "Invector" chokes, which may or may not be a function of it sporting the Browning name. I'm curious to see if your barrel has any markings as to choke type and what is actually noted on the choke itself?


I have a 20ga. 303 that has the screw in Mobil chokes - like your B80, a great gun. My understanding is that the 302 introduced the drop-in chokes, and the 303 (or very late 302s) introduced the screw-in Mobil choke. I've uploaded some pics of the barrel markings below, but nothing that indicates it was at once point a fixed-choke barrel that was refitted (and seems like refitting with drop-ins would be a weird choice, anyway).

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oneounceload wrote:
Are those the correct chokes for that gun?


I believe so - bought the gun second-hand and it came with the original manual, choke tube cases/sleeves, and choke wrench. Having said that, although the chokes are all the same length/dimensions, only two have any markings other than the 1-5 dots denoting constriction. Here's a pic of those.
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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:38 pm 
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You have the correct chokes. Your system is nothing like the later screw in chokes (MobilChoke and later) the other posters are describing. You are lucky to have a full set of choke tubes--they are reportedly very hard to find.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:07 pm 
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I agree those are correct and that is how they fit. My 302 has a full set of chokes just like yours and the fit is the same. I think that you are good to go with that fit. Enjoy shooting it, they are neat guns. Now you need to find a 20 ga with the same choke system to go with your 12!!


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:18 pm 
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marsingbob wrote:
You are lucky to have a full set of choke tubes--they are reportedly very hard to find.


I agree - probably wouldn't have talked myself into buying it if it hadn't had the full set!

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I agree those are correct and that is how they fit. My 302 has a full set of chokes just like yours and the fit is the same. I think that you are good to go with that fit. Enjoy shooting it, they are neat guns. Now you need to find a 20 ga with the same choke system to go with your 12!!


Thanks for this - it means a lot to hear this from another 302 owner - I appreciate you weighing in. I'll quit worrying about it and enjoy shooting. :)

FWIW, while trying to find an answer to this on Google, I found a company in Italy that seems to be selling aftermarket chokes for drop-in Beretta 302s. Going for 23 euro each, and they're stamped for steel shot. May have to buy one or two for next season. https://store.geminichokes.com/en/produ ... e-12-gauge


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:55 pm 
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Here is another source as well. I too have a full set with my 12 ga. I need some for my 20 ga. if you ever run across a source.

http://www.shotgunchokes.co.uk/shop/pro ... s&id=30462


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:33 am 
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woodcock1 wrote:
Here is another source as well. I too have a full set with my 12 ga. I need some for my 20 ga. if you ever run across a source.

http://www.shotgunchokes.co.uk/shop/pro ... s&id=30462


That's great, and nice to see that they sell as a full set - thanks! FYI, It appears that they do also sell the full sets in 20 ga. The smaller gauge set sells for a 26 GBP premium, which works out to ~$220 for a full set of six. Unclear to me if they'll handle steel shot...


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:10 pm 
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Thanks, I guess I didn't look deep enough to see that!


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:27 pm 
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Put a bore brush on a drill and clean out the muzzle of the barrel to make sure there is nothing impeding the choke from fully seating.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:29 am 
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I have a 12 gauge Beretta 302 that has less than a hundred rounds thru it. I just started using the gun less than a year ago. I have all four chokes and each one of the sits exactly like yours does in your picture. These Beretta semi autos were the best ever made and they are a pleasure to carry and shoot in the field. No worries my friend.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:02 pm 
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addecus wrote:
I have a 12 gauge Beretta 302 that has less than a hundred rounds thru it. I just started using the gun less than a year ago. I have all four chokes and each one of the sits exactly like yours does in your picture. These Beretta semi autos were the best ever made and they are a pleasure to carry and shoot in the field. No worries my friend.


Awesome - thanks for this! Agreed - it's really well built - points and carries nicely.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 302 Drop-In Choke Question
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:05 pm 
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Skeet_Man wrote:
Put a bore brush on a drill and clean out the muzzle of the barrel to make sure there is nothing impeding the choke from fully seating.


Ah, the drill is a great idea!




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