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Rem Choke question

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Mark W., Aug 25, 2012.

  1. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I bought a used 870 express. The barrel has a rem choke. If I slide a piece of hard wire with a little 1/4" bend in the end to make a 90 degree hook I can catch it on either the bottom of the rem choke or a space between the end of the remchoke and the shoulder in the barrel. Is this normal?
     
  2. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I don't own a 870 but my other shotguns with chokes are nice and smooth. Is the choke screwed all the way in? Sometimes the fine threads get dirty keeping them from screwing in all the way.
     
  3. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    Pull it out and clean the threads real well. Inspect them for any damage. Stick it back in there nice and snug and see if the gap is gone.
     
  4. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    the edge of the choke is even with the muzzle. As to removing it well thats a problem. I guess I need to make a tool. Since its really in there tight.


    I assume a 12ga bronze cleaning brush would do to clean the threads if I rotate it in the choke recess.

    I'll report back when I get it out.
     
  5. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Use a quarter for a choke wrench and break free. Good luck.
     
  6. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    This is normal and I just checked my own 870. What you are catching the wire on is actually the shoulder of the 'flat' on the inside of the barrel where the bottom of the choke sleeve bottoms out on. The diameter of the bottom of the choke is a few thou smaller than the shoulder so the shot will pass smoothly past the transition on it's way out prior to actually becoming 'choked'. Still a good idea to remove the sleeve and make sure all is well but I would recommend getting the prescribed spanner wrench as it contacts all four slots of the sleeve evenly.
     
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  7. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    This question (and the answers offered) are an excellent opportunity to show why it is important that screw-in chokes (and barrels in which they reside) be maintained regularly. They should be removed after each significant shooting session (certainly after trap or skeet), the threads cleaned and lubricated (barrel AND choke) prior to reinstalling.

    They are showing up even on economical shotguns now, and the general treatment is that they are left in the gun all the time until one decides a different choke setting is desired. This results in very difficult removal and failure to completely thread in to bottom when installed, as a result of grime (from powder, shot, or wad material). They are NOT a maintenance-free device.