October 22, 2014

Gear Review: Kick’s Choke Tubes For the 2011-2012 Waterfowl Season

This review was originally posted by The Reverend Fowl ™

Part I

I recently sought the opportunity to test Kick’s “High Flyer” Choke Tubes for waterfowl.

This comes at a time when waterfowl ammunition is quickly changing. Most of the predominant shotshell manufactures are now competing by means of unprecedented design and material innovation. These new waterfowl loads are some of the fastest and most powerful ever offered. Choke selection is the only control one has over how new or conventional loads perform. If you are like me, and have only one screw-in choke shotgun, then the gun itself is more of a constant than a variable affecting shot performance.

Shotgunning should be a serious and interested discipline. But, because life is brief, I have no desire to collect choke tubes. Kick’s Industries seems to understand this by simply offering 3 or 4 “High Flyer” Choke Tubes for each gun model. They even describe their Full Choke as an “All around choke that works well”. High Flyer chokes are designed for steel shot, non-toxic shot, tungsten, hevi-shot, lead substitutes and lead.

High Flyer choke tubes are installed and removed by hand. I thought these chokes were visibly glossy at first, but I took them outside, in the natural light and they do have a duller, black finish preferred for hunting. These chokes have stamped/engraved lettering for easy identification that remains visible when installed and during use.

The “High Flyer” is a lengthened choke with a parallel section that stabilizes the constriction. It extends approximately 1 ¾ inches beyond the muzzle, and has a round/flat, precision crown. The High Flyer allows you to extend your barrel length and mass. A longer barrel swings steadily and generally improves shot pattern. Increasing the mass of a barrel reduces recoil acceleration.

The heavy porting through the High Flyer choke is a long-established, ballistic improvement characteristic. Porting also reduces recoil and muzzle jump(rise/flip/climb), thereby improving the speed and accuracy of multiple shots. High Flyer chokes are diagonally and directionally ported at a precise, prescribed angle of 135 degrees forward of the shooter. Upon firing, the High Flyer ports vent forward, better protecting the shooter, bystanders and hunting position from the burning gas, shock pressure, debris and smoke.

There are very few unhelpful aspects of the “High Flyer” choke. Ported chokes are generally louder and have an increased surface area that requires cleaning. Furthermore, because Kick’s has developed another choke called “Vortex“, that is specific to Federal Premium “Black Cloud” Ammunition, I suspect that the “High Flyer” Choke may not be fully optimized for “Black Cloud”.

All Kick’s Chokes are proudly made in The USA.

Contact:
Kick’s Industries Inc. 800-587-2779
http://www.kicks-ind.com

Part II
Ranging and tower skeet testing for the High Flyer Choke.
Published next month.

About:

I requested the opportunity to independently test, review & give opinion for the Kick’s “High Flyer” Choke Tubes. I utilized donated products for this purpose. Currently, I am not otherwise affiliated or associated with Kick’s Industries and have not received pecuniary compensation or incentive from Kick’s.

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