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 Post subject: Browning Citori Fixed Bore to Choke Tube modification?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:28 pm 
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Do you have any experience cutting a smooth bore for choke tubes on a Browning Citori in 12ga? If a Citori is full/modified choke will it have enough meat in the barrel to accept threads? What brand chokes would you consider if you did this? Could it accept Invectors?
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 Post subject: Re: Browning Citori Fixed Bore to Choke Tube modification?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:36 am 
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I know Briley can do it and do a fine job. They did a BSS for me and another SxS with their thinwall system. I don't know if anyone else that I would trust like Mike Orlen has the tooling to do that.

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 Post subject: Re: Browning Citori Fixed Bore to Choke Tube modification?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:40 pm 
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That's good advice, thanks. I also learned today that post 2000 or thereabout barrels have a chrome finish and can't be cut for chokes. I'll look into Briley.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning Citori Fixed Bore to Choke Tube modification?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:00 pm 
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groq wrote:
That's good advice, thanks. I also learned today that post 2000 or thereabout barrels have a chrome finish and can't be cut for chokes. I'll look into Briley.

That’s interesting. I wonder why the chrome can’t be cut. I wouldn’t have thought so. It is just a thin plating. The cutting tools should certainly be able to handle that as compared to 4140 steel. Maybe what is meant that you can’t cut the barrel for chokes without losing the plating. But even so, the newly cut area could be replated at the end.

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 Post subject: Re: Browning Citori Fixed Bore to Choke Tube modification?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:35 pm 
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groq wrote:
That's good advice, thanks. I also learned today that post 2000 or thereabout barrels have a chrome finish and can't be cut for chokes. I'll look into Briley.


You have a post 2000 year fixed choke Citori?


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 Post subject: Re: Browning Citori Fixed Bore to Choke Tube modification?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:27 pm 
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I wonder what the economics are of selling your gun and buying a Citori with factory choke tubes


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 Post subject: Re: Browning Citori Fixed Bore to Choke Tube modification?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:28 pm 
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Rooster booster wrote:
groq wrote:
That's good advice, thanks. I also learned today that post 2000 or thereabout barrels have a chrome finish and can't be cut for chokes. I'll look into Briley.


You have a post 2000 year fixed choke Citori?




I am eagerly awaiting the answer to Roosters question myself.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning Citori Fixed Bore to Choke Tube modification?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:52 pm 
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The one I'm looking at turns out to be an 1985 with fixed chokes, not post 2000. Smith just made comment that if it has Chrome Barrel it can't be drilled, probably because it would have to be replated. Because I haven't seen the gun in person and the guy on the other line doesn't know chrome from cro-moly I asked the Smith when they started chroming the barrel. He said "only on the newer guns" so I asked if it was before 2000 that would be an older gun? He said yes. So I'm using that arbitrarily to determine chrome date. Sorry for any confusion there...
Price was $85 a barrel for tapping for choke tubes on the '85 citori.




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