Carlson's Choke Tubes Black Cloud Choke Tubes
No other choke tube compares
There are choke tubes and then there are Carlson's choke tubes. At every competition or shooting event I have ever been to, I would guess that over half of the shooters carry Carlson's tubes.
I was turned on to these tubes about 6 years ago as a gift. These came from the owner of a very high end gun shop where the average cost of a gun was triple my monthly paycheck and I could not pronounce. He told me Carlson's were all he stocked. This man does professional gun fittings for people around the world and is world renowned. That being said, he only uses the best of everything regardless of cost. This really impressed me and got me excited to try these.
I like odd length barrels. I'm not really sure what it is, but I am more accurate, bring down more birds and win more shoots with them. The Carlson's stick out 1 inch giving me that odd length barrel. This is also nice as you can tell immediately what choke you have in your gun. If your using an over & under or side by side, you can tell which barrel has which choke in a second. If you have them loose in your gear bag, the same applies.
The paint that the lettering is painted with, holds up well. The same chokes I was given 6 years ago, still have the markings on them. I clean the threads of the tubes and my barrels after each outing. 6 years later, they still screw in and out of the barrel as tight and secure as they did when new. I have had some other chokes in the past not fit very flush inside the barrel. This leads to build up of plastic from the wad and over pressuring. I have never had a blow out, but it still worries me to have the build up. The Carlson's fit flush like they were machined for that specific barrel.
My improved and full have seen more use that I can count. I would safely put the rounds through these at about 7500 or more. I have no idea what the warranty or life expectancy of these chokes are, but 6 years and 7500 rounds with no issues is great in my opinion.
Keep in mind, these chokes are very expensive
September 20, 2012
Steel shot has been a recent introduction to waterfowl hunting in NZ. Many shooters are coming to grips with the ballistic properties of steel. This purchase has changed many misconceptions. The tightening of the pattern inside the 30" circle and the hitting power because of this will mean a much better kill ratio for us. The results from field patterning test were remarkable, our duck hunting season starts in May and I am looking forward to it.
April 8, 2014
The mid-range tube preformed beyond my expectations on a snow goose and duck hunt in Saskatchewan this past October. I was using my Browning BPS 12 gauge with Black Cloud Snow Goose BB shot. Well worth the money. Very few cripples!
October 23, 2013