The vented supposedly acted like a muzzle brake to reduce recoil. Not sure it did much. I put one one a Browning A5 with the vent. I was worried the vent would retard the barrel in recoil and cause malfunctions. Never did, which makes me believe they don't do much for recoil. They do look better, though.
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The vented polychoke weighs more than the non vented, personally I believe that is the only recoil reduction that it provides. Adding more overall weight to a gun.
An advantage the vented does provide is that you can glance at the end of the barrel and tell if you packed any snow in there. Or heaven forbid mud. Never had it happen to me that I know of but have listened to some "old timers" mention that when I was young.
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Thanks for everyone's comments. I took a photo of the OD threads on mine and compared it to a photo of the threads on the used vented one that the seller emailed to me. They appear to be "similar" so, knowing there is a 50/50 chance that it will be interchangeable, I went ahead and ordered it ($29 incl. shipping).
The seller did say I can return it for a refund if it doesn't work.
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