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Are both barrels on a Stevens 311-h full choke?

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2015-07-14 16:03:49

While I'm not sure about this particular model, I would say it's

more likely that the barrels have different chokes. In the days

before modern shotshells with plastic shotcups for ovepowder wads,

it was common to bore the right barrel modified and the left barrel

full choke. After the shotcup came into common use in loading

shotgun shells, it became common to make the right barrel improved

cylinder, and the left barrel modified, as the shotcups tend to

make the gun throw a tighter pattern than if the old type fiber

wads were used. If the gun was made strictly for waterfowling, it

might in fact have been made with two full choke barrels, as

waterfowlers tend to need a little more reach than, say, a grouse

hunter. A gunsmith should be able to determine what the choke is

for each barrel by measuring the diameter of the choke. Pattern

testing might give you a clue, also. Hang a large piece of paper on

a backstop 20 or 25 yards away. Put a 1 inch "bullseye" in the

middle of it with a marker or stick on bullseye. Shoot one shot

with each barrel, each at a clean target, using the circle or

bullseye as an aiming point. Comparing the pattern spread will tell

you if they're the same choke. The denser the pattern, the tighter

the choke. .

If it is a 12 gauge it should have a full choke on the left

barrel and modified on the right barrel. Take a dime and see if it

will fit in the barrel. A dime will not fit in a 12 gauge full

choke barrel.

If it is a 410 like mine then they are both full otherwise they

would be diffetent like IMP and Mod. or Mad and Full.

My 311-h in 12 ga x 2-3/4" & 3" has a full choke barrel on

the right, and a mod choke barrel on the left. Yours should be the

same. Most fixed choke double-barreled shotguns larger than .410

have different chokes on the barrels, so you can shoot for the

pattern you need for the range you need. If you look really

closely, you will notice on the 311 series H, one of the last 311

series made, that they even regulated the barrels for different

ranges, and that your full choke barrel points slightly higher than

the mod choke, to center the pattern on the sight post at a longer

range. Cool, huh?

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