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I am new to shotgunning and purchased an Affinity 12ga 28" today. I am trying to outfit with the basics, including a case & additional choke tubes. For now this gun will only be used for skeet shooting.

Does anyone have experience with the Franchi branded cases from their website? I am trying to decide between these two:

http://www.franchiusa.com/shop/bags-cases/franchi-weather-proof-case

http://www.franchiusa.com/shop/bags-cases/franchi-zippered-gun-case-khaki

I did see a past post with a similar question, but the links were broken so I couldn't be sure we were talking about the same thing.

Also, I want to purchase a skeet choke tube. Does it matter what brand or are they all the same?

Finally, do any of you use a gun sock for extra protection? Necessary?
 

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Synthetic or wood?

I would not buy either of those, for that money you can get a nice Boyt Alaskan series, heavy duty and lots of thick protection. If you are hunting with it, the full zip Gander Mountain floating case allows you to open it up and clean it out and allow it to dry.

It's not what happens to and from the club or field, it's what happens during use that day. Don't over think it, a silicone sock is added protection for the finish, especially if it is high gloss, but does little to protect from bumps and bruises.

When you order a choke tube remember to order one for a Beretta Mobil choke. There is a slight difference in bore on the Beretta Mobil choked barrels vs Benelli Mobil choked barrels and the Franchi Affinity uses the slightly larger bore of the two. I personally would order it from Trulock, they actually acknowledged the subtle difference. We had a discussion on this very topic, Affinity bore diameters and choke tube constrictions a while ago.

If you are just wanting an extended choke for looks, ease of snugging it up between shots and have no intention of patterning the factory tubes, any of them will suffice.
 

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Thank you, Darryle.

It is black synthetic.

I have this urge to dress it up a bit with the case but I understand there are cheaper, better solutions out there. I will probably pay a visit to my local Gander Mountain or Bass Pro to pick something up.

As far as the choke tube I was planning to stay with flush mounted choke and just wanted to order a skeet choke to compliment the I/C that came with the gun. How often does one change out choke tubes on the skeet range? If it is better practice to change tubes depending on the distance of the shot, I would probably go extended for ease of replacement. But, if it only provides a marginal gain to change chokes between shots, I would probably just stick with the same, flush mounted choke during play.
 

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I have a small car, and a shotgun in a long case doesn't fit easily.

I transport mine (Beretta 686 or Remington 1100) to the range in a breakdown case. I use either the cheap, hard plastic case that the 686 came in (fits only the 686) or a Beretta branded soft breakdown case (in which either gun will fit). I put the Beretta in a 2-piece silicone gun sock (one for the barrels and one for the stock) before loading it in the transport case. The Remington is old and scratched so I don't use any gunsock on it.

If I'm shooting sporting clays I'll carry either gun around the grounds in a gun slip. A gun slip has already saved my 686 from damage when I leaned it against a tree and slid off and fell on gravel. It also protects the gun when getting in and out of golf carts and when leaning it on the rack. For skeet and trap, I don't bother with a gun slip.

What I use:
Beretta plastic breakdown case: http://www.midwestgunworks.com/page/mgw ... tted/SVP14

Beretta soft breakdown case: http://www.midwestgunworks.com/page/mgw ... 5401890501

African Game gun slip (my favorite): http://africangame.com/store/#!/Nylon-P ... y=12731935

Napier of London gun slip: http://napierusa.com/acatalog/Protector ... html#SID=6
 

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C. Kelley said:
As far as the choke tube I was planning to stay with flush mounted choke and just wanted to order a skeet choke to compliment the I/C that came with the gun. How often does one change out choke tubes on the skeet range? If it is better practice to change tubes depending on the distance of the shot, I would probably go extended for ease of replacement. But, if it only provides a marginal gain to change chokes between shots, I would probably just stick with the same, flush mounted choke during play.
One never changes choke tubes in skeet. It's not a marginal gain to change chokes, it's ZERO gain.

The nominal difference in constriction between a skeet and an improved cylinder choke is .005". If you have a set of calipers, open it up to that dimension and look at the gap between the blades......

Use the IC that came with the gun and do not ever assume that you missed a target because you didn't have a "skeet" choke.
 
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