I have a winchester 1897 takedown I am doing some work to and was wondering if anyone could help answer a few questions. The gun looks like it was carried a lot but not shot to often. I have stripped it down to bits and pieces and I will be doing a strip and re-blue here next week. I am actually not re-bluing but using Birchwood Casey plum brown to give it a neat patina look. The stock looked ok but not great but its staying as is for now. I am replacing a few odds and ends such as a new butt plate with new screws and whatnot. Being a takedown I figure if I cut the barrel to 20" and have it tapped for chokes it would truck/camp/travel gun. I plan on cutting the barrel from 30" to 20", but wanted to send it off to get tapped for chokes. Should I just have the place that taps the barrel do the cut and add a bead? If i do the cut and bead myself I am worried it will interfere with the choke install. Does anyone know of someone in the PNW that does good work as far as tapping a barrel for chokes?