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Who should ream my Chrome Barrels?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by yvonne, Dec 13, 2011.

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  1. yvonne

    yvonne Banned User Banned

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    I'm buying a 20 ga SXS with Chromed barrels. I want to go from mod/full to ic/mod. I will not keep the mod right barrel and learn to shoot the barrels backwards....so don't suggest it. WHO would you use to ream out the barrels? I am not interested in putting in screw choke tubes.....Strickly an upland bird gun. Thanks!
     
  2. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    It isn't possible to buy a gun with the chokes you want from the get go?
     
  3. TNCoach

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    I would contact the best Jim Eyster at Heritage Gunsmiths.

    (740) 625-6131
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    TNCoach
     
  4. Pull & Mark

    Pull & Mark Well-Known Member

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    Yvonne, There are 3 things in life you just never do and that's "pull on superman's cape", "You don't spit into the wind", and you never "mess with chromed lined shotgun barrels"!!! You should be able to find some old SXS with IC/IM chokes in them. These are the older upland type guns your looking for. Good Luck with your hunting. break em all Jeff
     
  5. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    Kirby gunsmithing. So far the work he has shown here on this site has been amazing.
     
  6. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    The chrome plating on the inside of the barrels is very hard and needs to be removed before the barrel can be reamed. HMB
     
  7. Shooting Coach

    Shooting Coach Well-Known Member

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    If you must, contact Briley. Most folks in the know will say to leave the gun as is.
     
  8. kirbythegunsmith

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    Recently there was a higher grade import double (detachable sidelock 28 ga.) with chromed bores sent here to have chokes opened. In this case, there was more to meet the eye, once the initial inspection was nearing completion. The complete mechanism was sent so that any possible extraneous issues could be spotted or in case test firing was necessary.


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    A closer look found this "tidbit":


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    If just the barrels had been sent, there is a real possibility that there would have been a major stock failure soon. That external detail was part of a longer hidden crack which had cousins in a couple of other spots requiring attention to restore soundness to the furniture.


    As to the choke situation, there were residual markings left in the surface finish that could be spotted in careful examination, so the expected finish after alteration should at least match or exceed the original finish to consider the job satisfactory.

    This finish looks satisfactory for a chromed barrel after choke opening.


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    Here is a view of the residual markings in the choke area behind the altered section. Some details are difficult to optimally photograph for visual presentation, but this should give some indication of the minimal grooving from the factory vs. the lack of machining marks in the relieved muzzle section.


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    Did anyone else notice that the bead seemed offset in that muzzle view? Here is a special alignment comparison that makes the error more obvious to the eye.


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    Sometimes the job of the gunsmith is to reach beyond the intended job to help prevent a potential expensive or dangerous situation from arising. For instance, if that buttstock had cracked in a catastrophic manner during firing, injury or additional unintended discharge might have been possible. Replacement of such a piece would probably reach $1500 or better in some well-known shops.


    When I expand on a topic of discussion, I hope that the details provided seem as important to the readers as they did to the shooters that suffered the need for the additional repairs. The owner was certainly relieved to have those cracks eliminated, since he hadn't noticed them during the previous outings that had convinced him that the chokes were excessively tight for his intended shooting situations.


    Kirby
     
  9. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    When I take my car in for an oil change, they always check my battery, tires, transmission and lights...

    Good catch...
     
  10. b12

    b12 Well-Known Member

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    Chrome should be stripped before the bores are opened. Then rechrome. The type of chrome in the bores is what is cslled hard chromed not the kind you see for ornimantel looks. Hard chrome must be polished out to make shinny afterwards. I would not put the money in it. In the end it still would not be satisfied. Bill
     
  11. stokinpls

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    If Tom Wilkinson doesn't know, nobody does.
     
  12. HTSmith

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    I did what you are contemplating to a SKB hunting gun. Briley did a fine job--just get a firm quote on return shipping because they are a little greedy in this area.
     
  13. Sky Buster

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    Briley did mine. First rate job....
     
  14. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Honing stones don't care how hard the barrels are, these are Sunnen 12 and 20 ga. dia. portable hones.
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  15. sliverbulletexpress

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    Hard chrome used on guns is very very thin, it's basically a surface hardening. Anyone in the bizz knows how to get through it and then it's just regular barrel underneath. I wouldn't hesitate to do it and make the gun into what I wanted. I would not bother rechroming, because first off they would chemicaly remove the rest of the chrome which I wouldn't want to subject my gun to. Whichever of these barrel specialists you send it too will polish out the affected area and that will serve you well. My 2 cents.
     
  16. coveybuster

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    Give Stu Wright a call and see what he says.
     
  17. billyboy07208

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    If its a 12b,I would buy a set of briley sidekicks in 20b,and shoot reloads of chilled shot thru it,some barrel scrub should fill out the fringe a little better,and you`re no worse leading up a chromed bore.
     
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