View Full Version : Is a ported choke worth it?

April 25, 2006, 05:55 PM
I'm thinking about getting a ported choke for my Browning BPS 12 ga. I'd like to lighten up the recoil a little bit. A long day of shooting starts to wear on my shoulder. Does anyone have any idea how much it will help? How much louder is it with a ported choke? Does it affect the pattern? Would I be better off with a good recoil pad?

Any help would be appreciated.

April 25, 2006, 06:32 PM
The manufacturers of ported chokes claims that improves patterning by stoping the wad preventing the contact with the cloud of the shot, i think is just a gimmic, they have to sell. I'v tried briley invector plus ported in a GTI and is quite the same than with the regular extended briley chokes. I think a good recoil pad would do better as well as 1 oz shotshell.



charlie in md
April 25, 2006, 06:37 PM
IMHO, the difference you may feel is not worth the funds you have to put out for one. They increase noise significantly. However, many swear by them.

For reduced recoil, I would try a Kick-eez pad first and / or add weight to the gun. Check out "dead mule" recoil reducers, or www.wrightsgunsmiths.com for inertia control.

Since it is a pump, you might also try low recoil 7/8 loads. If you reload, Hodgdon has a number of recipes below the 1200 fps level.

good luck


Dave McC
April 25, 2006, 07:58 PM

To lessen recoil, first check your form, fit, pad and then go light on the shells.

I use 7/8 oz for most everything, and the ones I don't break are my misses, not the equipment's.

April 25, 2006, 09:09 PM
In my experience, the C&H Mercury Recoil Reducers are well worth the cost. I have installed them in my Remington 760 .30-06, my son's Browning A-bolt .300 WSM, and two other sons' Remington 20 ga. Youth 870's. MPC Sports has the best price (http://www.mpcsports.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=245 ).

April 26, 2006, 02:26 PM
Some sort of recoil pad could be a wise investment, and would look at that long before I tried a ported choke. They are not worth the money or extra abuse on the ears (even with hearing protection). A ported choke or barrel will get you kicked out of my blind, as well.

April 26, 2006, 07:59 PM
Well, you have several opinions saying the same thing,, Porting isn't gonna get it done.. I also agree,, waste of money, I know, I have 2 ported shotguns and can't tell a bit of difference.

April 26, 2006, 08:19 PM
I'd pay extra not to have porting. It's the one thing that keeps me away from Browning clays guns.

Accomplishes nothing and a PITA to clean in the bargain.

I'd prefer a ported choke to a ported barrel in roughly the same fashion as I'd prefer root canal to an abcess.

April 26, 2006, 08:24 PM
neat anology,, but accurate

April 27, 2006, 09:57 AM
My opinion is that it does NOT decrease recoil, but it does slightly decrease muzzle climb on certain designs, which could help you in clay games or hunting birds, on follow up shots. Other designs recoil straight back the way you want them to without any porting. So if your goal is to not get beat up so much, using lighter loads when practicing all day - light 2.75s - will go much further towards that goal than porting. If fact, as I say, I don't think porting reduces recoil AT ALL.

April 30, 2006, 12:11 PM
Thanks, I think I'll look into a recoil pad.