Jim, my friend, I think you are thinking he has an AH Fox. The BS-E is the Savage version (believe me, I WISH mine was an AH!)
A lot were sold as hardware store guns, so typically, the chokes came as they did. I bought mine in the early 80's because I wanted a SxS and had never heard of brands like AyA, Purdey and the like, and I could afford that one.
Again, it is a reasonably decent gun, and should be OK for casual use. The barrels on mine are thick enough to install choke tubes, but the IC/M is a great combo for most hunting scenarios