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buellsfurn November 11th, 2019 08:41 PM

Billman
 
search has no results Billman Choke yes ok to good or no junk run the other way

Antarctica November 12th, 2019 10:37 AM

Time to swab the pipe...

wilcam47 November 14th, 2019 02:14 PM

http://www.cx-arms.com/product/billm...5-pc-set-copy/

Badger1 April 1st, 2021 07:51 PM

So, I took the plunge and decided to order these Mobil extended non-ported tubes (generic image).

Cost was $90 shipped (on ebay; add them to your watchlist/cart and wait a day - the seller was sending out special discount offers).
They shipped from Sweden via FedEx Express. Machining looks good. Threads engaged smoothly, and the tube appears to match up well with the barrel.

Their FB page has some videos of the manufacturing process. They speak in one of the videos - I don't recognize the language. I've seen speculation that based upon the price, and the fact that CX makes their shotguns in Turkey, that these may also be made in Turkey.

The surface finish seems good. Knurling is shallow - provides some additional grip, but could be better. Colored aluminum ring came loose when I was removing a tube - a little Loctite will prevent that in future. The case is fine - not great, but it will do. Same for the wrench that comes with the set - it's stamped sheet metal with an over-molded plastic handle.

From their ebay listing:
Quote:

Constrictions/inner calibre in inch diameter:
C Cylinder .723
IC Improved Cylinder .715
M Modified .705
IM Improved Modified .695
F Full / .685
Constriction number are nominal. Usually chokes come .003-.005" smaller than listed and expands the first 25 shots towards the given constriction.
My Factory flush IC measures 0.713 inside diameter (ID) with dial calipers, so I reasonably trust their size chart.

I measured the ID of the tubes I recieved as:
C: 0.717"
IC: 0.711"
M: 0.702"
IM: 0.691"
F: 0.678"

A couple of these are more than the 0.003-0.005" undersize that they say. I'm using $30 dial calipers, so grain of salt on the measurements.

This is the first time I've heard of choke tubes expanding slightly during break-in. Does that sound normal? It makes some sense - I just never thought of it before.

I haven't gotten out to shoot with them yet. Just by fit and finish, these seem like a good value. As long as they expand like manufacturer says they will, it seems like sizes will be close to nominal dimensions give. Will hopefully perform well.


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