The stakes would be high and I knew it. I'm not referring to the cost of the gun. Oh no! What I'm thinking of, is the laughing stock I might become when Jimmy out-shoots me with his 50 year-old, $250 Franchi. Or worse yet, his 13 year-old grandson beats me with a $75 short barrel 20 gauge.
Admittedly, shooting small paper targets placed at 30 yards with a shotgun involves a certain amount of luck. However, the right performing gun and a modicum of skill, play key roles as well.
Sometimes we're right, sometimes we're wrong. At my age, I need all the help I can get. After attending the first Turkey Shoot this season, I realized that the sight in my right eye was very blurry. I made an appointment with my eye doctor and now I have an appointment to get an injection in that eye on Thursday of this week. We had a syaing when I was a child that had a line about "stick a needle in my eye", well it looks like I'm about to have it done to me.
My new gun is a Browning Citori Gran Lightning. It uses the Midas grade Invector-Plus choke tubes. The buffalo hide case was made by Roosevelt & Drake. I bought that case sometime between 2000 and 2006 and put it up, knowing one day I would have a gun that would fit it.
Evidently, the whole premise behind back-bore, is that the over-bored backend of the barrel to 0.742" will result in a better pattern on the target, even if the constriction from the choke tube measures only 0.034" or 0.708" at the opening as a Full Choke equivalent.
If this over-bored, back-bore stuff will work, I will prove it. Let me get my eye fixed and play with this thing. I ordered an Extra Full Choke Tube that just came in and when I measured it, it still measured less than Full Choke. I understand that just measuring the opening is about as scientific as dropping a dime in there, but I'm still skeptical.
At this point, I've fired the gun 12 times over the course of two weekends. That's not enough real-life testing to draw a conlcusion. After I get that shot in my eye Thursday and return to the range Saturday with the Extra-Full Choke Tube, I will report back.
Confession time, I really like this over-bored shotgun. I like the way it handles and shoots. I really wish I were not having right eye problems. I suspect that my poor performance has more to do with operator than equipment.