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Hey y'all,
I shoot a Beretta semi in the blind, and have in the past used OEM beretta mobilchoke LM or M chokes that are marked SP for "Steel Proof". However, this past year, I've started patterning some Briley extended chokes for my upland game and have been really impressed with lead.

Goose season opens Saturday for us here in Virginia. Does anyone know if the Briley X2 chokes are steel proof, or Hevi-shot proof?

How do y'all gauge the strength / integrity of your chokes when firing steel? Do chokes need to be as strong for Hevi-Shot or Tungsten?

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streetwalkerd said:
How do y'all gauge the strength / integrity of your chokes when firing steel? Do chokes need to be as strong for Hevi-Shot or Tungsten? Walker
If the choke tubes will take steel shot, they will take tungsten or hevi-shot, no problem. Steel puts the tubes to the test more than any other shot available today.
 

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I have called Briley for a similar question, and they said it's OK to shoot hevi shot through all of their tubes, even up to Turkey constrictions. The same though does not apply for steel. Go figure!

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1 - Clarification of my initial question. Do Hevi-Shot and Tungsten also require a steell proofed choke? I know they are softer than the steel, but I assume they are tougher than lead, and thus, do they require a beefier choke?

2 - Opening day - I love 24 degree temps at sun-up.... We saw a ton, unfortunately, they all came in together in wave after wave, all got together in a field 500 yards away and we were unable to get them up without spooking them. So... we spooked 'em and then couldn't get 'em to trust us any more... Had six birds that we actually shot at and took out three of em... big honkers.... But the other 300,000 got away... :D :D
 

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I saw about a thousand geese on the Chickahomany River near the boat ramp at Puxten. Of course I was on the opposite side by the WMA...hell of a lot of fog that morning!
 

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falco said:
I have called Briley for a similar question, and they said it's OK to shoot hevi shot through all of their tubes, even up to Turkey constrictions. The same though does not apply for steel. Go figure!
The reason for that are the shot sizes used. I don't think they would considder shooting "F" or "T" Hevi through their turkey chokes to be a very good idea.

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streetwalkerd said:
1 - Clarification of my initial question. Do Hevi-Shot and Tungsten also require a steell proofed choke? I know they are softer than the steel, but I assume they are tougher than lead, and thus, do they require a beefier choke?
I would think you "would" need a steel proofed choke. Although not as hard as steel, Hevi-shot, and tungsten are much harder than lead. You could use bismuth in a lead only choke with no problem though. Probably cheaper to buy a steel proof choke tube than to shoot tungsten. They are very expensive! :shock:
 

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:?: Hmmm. Is Hevi-Shot really softer than steel shot? I can't recall seeing this claimed by Remington or Environmetal, only assumed by a lot of people. I think the real reason it is safe to use in steel safe barrels is that using smaller shot means the shot load (not the shot itself, but the load as a whole) acts more like a "fluid" in the barrel. My gunsmith says the real problem with shooting steel in older fixed chokes is that with steel you have to use such large shot that the load is not very "fluid" as it passes through the choke and this can result in furrowing of the barrel by the shot pellets. He went so far as to claim that you could use steel shot smaller than #2 in most old fixed full choke barrels!

Like Blunder says, I wouldn't go shootin T Hevi-Shot through a turkey choke!

-Dave
 
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