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 Post subject: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:13 pm 
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I noticed that one of my shotguns has what looks like a sanded area in the end of the barrel. The sanded area is about 1-1/4” deep, starting at the muzzle. Since I’ve never had choke work done, I don’t know how far in the reamer would go or what the job should look like afterwards. I’m guessing that what I’m seeing is the work of a guy with a working knowledge of power tools but a lack of gunsmithing skills. Other than this, the gun doesn’t have anything buggered up.

I’m hoping someone that has seen a reamed choke in a fixed barreled gun can comment and describe what a decent job should look like.

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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:57 pm 
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I have had chokes opened up on several shotguns. The only evidence that it was done was when I put the micrometer into the barrel to detect the amount of metal that was removed. In other words, there should be no evidence of any work performed.


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:59 pm 
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Just as I suspected.


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:22 am 
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Choke reduction should be done by a huge long reamer from the breech or a set of oiled stones from the muzzle.
Bet the previous owner used a barrel sander in a drill.

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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:48 am 
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There is a school of thought that leaving cross hatching in the choke area will help retard the was/shot cup and produce better patterns.

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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:39 am 
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Virginian wrote:
There is a school of thought that leaving cross hatching in the choke area will help retard the choke tube and produce better patterns.


It’s a fixed choke gun. Not sure I’m understanding. Do you mean the wad?


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:54 am 
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Yes, I think Virginian was referring to the wad. If the gun shoots to POA properly you can get rid of that rough patch easily with some Brownell's sold Flex Hones. They do a terrific job and would benefit the entire barrel to polish it with them. You also can't do any harm if used per instructions. They are a bit pricey but if stored with the hone portion covered up they will last for many barrels.

The medium coarse (red tip) followed by the fine grit (blue tip) will impart a really high polish to the entire barrel and make plastic and other crud easier to remove in the future. Check it out below.

https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tool ... od647.aspx

https://www.brownells.com/UserDocs/Misc ... mation.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:56 am 
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Good info. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:00 am 
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So, how does it shoot?

And do you need Mike Orlens address?


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:12 am 
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Bill M. wrote:
So, how does it shoot?

And do you need Mike Orlens address?


Haven’t shot it yet.

No.


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:36 am 
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Shoot before you complain, it my be just fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:47 pm 
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chairman wrote:
Shoot before you complain, it my be just fine.



Complain? Read my post. I asked a question.


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:58 pm 
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Sorry, shoot first to see if there problem


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:44 pm 
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I’d also suggest seeing how it shoots before planning anything else.


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
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Rooster booster wrote:
I’d also suggest seeing how it shoots before planning anything else.


I wasn’t planning anything. Just wondering what a reamed choke should look like.

I do appreciate the good feedback I’ve gotten and the tips regarding flex hones. Good stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:17 am 
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What gauge?


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:29 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
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The 3 chokes I have had reamed looked just a bit rougher than they did before reaming. Certainly not sanded cross hatched.


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 Post subject: Re: Bubba’s choke work
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:25 pm 
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I’ve got a fine brake cylinder hone, they don’t cost much. I use it on the chambers when they get a little sticky. You’re not going to have to worry about taking much metal off with a fine stone. Make sure you get one that will go small enough. A “cylinder” hone might be for the block, won’t go small enough. Small ones generally only have two stones.

eBay has them.

Maybe wrap some 600 grit wet/dry paper around a bore brush.




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