everythings ducky wrote:Here we go again. Without pictures it didn't happen. Tough to tell without looking at it. People are amazing in that most on here will be quick to blame the company and want a replacement when it was owner caused. High majority of the time, it was an obstruction that caused it. Stuck wad then fired, bridging shot, mud in the barrel, loose choke, choke failure etc. Nice of them to offer you a discounted barrel. Check out NJonsey's thread regarding his blown barrel in the repair section. Good reading. It's long.
My apologies about the length of that topic.
If there is anything I learned in my experience, it is to be very considerate of the muzzle. Whether that's watching what ammo you put through a particular choke tube, checking often for a loose choke or obstructions in the muzzle or barrel (stuck wad). In my incident, I had fairly decent documentation and still very little was able to be determined.
In addition, I learned that Benelli would have replaced my barrel if I had been shooting their factory chokes. Just something to consider for the future.
The only observation that I'll offer on this thread is that the full choke raises a red flag.
I definitely feel for your buddy. Its a difficult situation for sure.