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I purchased my first choke tube barrel

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by senior smoke, Mar 31, 2013.

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    After 43 years of trapshooting I decided to purchase my first choke tube barrel. It comes with a mod, improve mod, and full choke tubes.

    I will try all three choke tubes out and what ever choke I like I most likely will just leave it in the barrel. How often should I clean the tube inside the barrel so it does not stick and I have trouble getting the choke tube back out of the barrel?

    Any other information should I know about cleaning these choke tubes? Do you apply some type of grease to the threads?
    Thanks,
    Steve Balistreri
     
  2. Stl Flyn

    Stl Flyn Well-Known Member

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    If you plan on just using the one that works best, just let it get stuck in the barrel. LOL. Otherwise you will never stop changing it.

    If you want to stop that from happening, put some good quality choke tube grease on it, and loosen the choke and tighten it every once in a while, between cleanings.
     
  3. targetbreaker

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    I PUT eezox on mine. they don't stick with that on them.

    I have used most others. EEZOX DOES THE JOB.

    TARGETBREAKER
     
  4. School Teacher

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    I normally shoot an 870 fixed full choke barrel or a fixed modified choke barrel. I get very little plastic build up in the barrels and I clean them about once a month or before a shoot.

    My 870 TC has an over bored barrel with choke tubes as does my Remington 11/87 Premier Trap. I clean these choke tubes frequently (daily for a multi-day shoot) by first soaking them for about an hour in acetone and then I use a bronze wire brush rotated by a cordless drill. They clean right up with the acetone. Other cleaning products seem to take a little longer.

    There are probably better choke lubricants but a dab of Kroil on the threads works for me.

    I use Clay Buster and Remington OEM wads. Choke tube barrels to me seem to build up plastic quicker.

    Ed Ward
     
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    Double check them between rounds for awhile to make sure they stayed tight. I have one gun that loosens up after every few shots, is quite annoying compared to my fixed choke guns that I never have to worry about.
     
  6. senior smoke

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    Thanks for the info guys. I normaly shoot an 870TB with a fixed modified or fixed full choke. I was in Arizona recently and spoke to my wife's aunt's neighbor and he had a field grade 870 with a 28 inch choke tube barrel that he no longer used.

    He asked if I wanted to buy the gun which I did as the price was right. He's mailing the barrel to me tomorrow and I have the field gun in the aunt's home now.

    I got hurt in the Army and I can no longer handle a 30 inch barrel as all my barrels are 28 inch now. I have always been skeptical of Remington's choke tubes as I have always heard that should I purchase a Remington barrel place after market tubes in the barrel.

    If I don't like these Remington tubes, any other brand out there that fits Remington 870 barrels that hit the target with absolute authority? I don't like chips, I want garbage can size lids of smoke.

    Any one out there with any choke tube recommendations?
    Steve
     
  7. shrek

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    Hi Mr Senior Smoke,

    Most all of the more common aftermarket choke tube makers have good stuff.

    Trulock, Carlsons and Briley are all good stuff and relatively reasonably priced. I have used some of all of those.

    I like the extended ones, from a protect the muzzle from damage if it gets dropped standpoint,

    Seminole when you could get them, and hopefully we will be able to get them in the future again were also good stuff.
     
  8. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    SHREK:
    Thanks for giving me some brand names. Is it true that Rem chokes are not very good? I have never heard of anyone who said that they liked them. Have no idea why?
    Steve
     
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    Steve, go read the "Long Chokes Necessary?" thread. Neil Winston posted some incredible data at the end.
     
  10. shrek

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    From what I have seen....

    I have observed a fair amount of crud build up inside Rem factory chokes, not all, but a common occurrence.

    I have not had this happen in any of the aftermarket chokes I listed above. Not to say others may have observed this in some aftermarket ones.

    The other thing you may want to do is have the factory chokes you have measured and pattern them to see what they actually throw for a pattern.
     
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    Good advice. Will poi change using the same brand chokes from choke to choke?
    Steve
     
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    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    I have very good results with Perazzi and Browning factory chokes and the POI has remained constant with these. I have no first hand experience with Rem chokes but I know the aftermarket chokes can be good if the original barrel was true.
     
  13. senior smoke

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    Years ago, a friend of mine ordered a Remington 870 choke tube barrel from Stan Baker. My friend was upset with Stan as it was taking a # of months and he still did not have his new barrel.

    One day, he called Stan and asked what was taking so long? Stan told him that he purchases Remington barrels by the batch and almost every barrel he received was not straight.

    He evntually got his barrel from Stan and he liked it. Now, I did not personaly know Stan Baker, I have no idea if he was just behind reason for his barrel taking so long for him to get it, or if his explanation to my friend was true or not? Hopefully Remington's choke tube barrels are basically straight?
    Steve
     
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    Any one know roughly the constriction in thousands a Remington extra full lead choke tube in a 870 barrel is? The three choke tubes that come with my new barrel are mod, imp mod, and full.
    Steve
     
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    Steve: The choke constriction of mass produced screw chokes vary considerably from one to the next with same marked constriction. The only way to sort this out is to use a quality bore mic and measure bore and choke constriction. After you have used and owned a bore mic you will wonder how you got along in life with shotguns without owning a bore mic. Almost all factory choked barrels and screw chokes will measure greater constriction than marked and mass produced screw chokes will be quite variable. After measurement, then the fun begins at the patterning board if you wish to put the information gained to use. All the best in finding a straight 870 barrel that will smoke targets. They certainly exist; just do a little work and you'll be happy. Lyle
     
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    Thanks Lyle, a friend of mine has one. I will have him check it out. One of the gun clubs has one but the guy doesn't know how to use it. Everything he measures is always .035.
    Steve
    Steve
     
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