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C-Lect adjustable chokes were used by Mossberg on a wide variety of their shotguns. Acquiring a Mossber 190C with a cracked inner tube, the one that attaches to the barrel, necessitated its removal. I had never done this before and studied all I could find on the internet concerning adjustable chokes of different brands. What I found was that these chokes were either threaded on or silver soldered and sometimes both. Soldered seemed to be the prevailing thread. It was generally recommend to have a gunsmith remove it, by cutting if necessary. Since mine was broken and I could do little more damage to it or the gun I decided to try to remove the inner tube from the barrel myself. I first removed the sight from the tube which holds the indexing plate in place. Preparing to apply some heat to loosen the solder, I padded a pair of vise grip pliers and clamped them on the inner tube. To my surprise, before even lighting my propane torch, the tube screwed off with almost no effort. It was threaded on, with the sight bead acting as a set screw to hold it in place.

I cannot say this mounting is typical of Mossberg installed chokes but if you need to get one off it is worth a try before you pay a gunsmith. It may work and may not depending on how it was installed. First look to see if you see any tell-tale remnants of solder around the tube that might give you a hint of how it was attached. If you don't see any then remove the sight bead by unscrewing it. It has a hex collar at its base that will easily accept a small wrench. Remove the sight and the index plate. With this done, first try unscrewing it by bare hand. If that doesn't work then wrap the tube, forward of the threads, with tape and try a pair of pliers of vise grips to unscrew it. Be careful not to smash the tube or bugger the threaded part. You might even insert a wood dowel through the tube to keep from bending it. If that doesn't work, then don't give up just yet. Lean the barrel with muzzle down and apply some penetrating oil around the tube and barrel interface and let it set over night. Apply additional oil. Next day, wipe the oil off and try the pliers again. If these measures fail to remove it then I recommend you take it to a gunsmith.

You may get lucky like I did.
 
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