View Full Version : Installing choke tubes
08-23-2002, 02:16 PM
Anyone know somebody in So. Cal. who installs choke tubes? ###Also do you know how much the process costs? ###
09-04-2002, 06:32 AM
Most choke tubes are installed by the shooter with a small wrench made just for that shotgun as it depends on the game you are after as to what tube to use. Most shotguns have replaceable tubes however I have seen some older shotguns that don't have the ability to change. The chokes can be found for specific shotguns that range from $10 up to $40 depending on the shotgun and type of choke you want. Each choke is different. Typically on a 12 ga. with a 28 inch barrel a Full choke at 45 yards will get about 70% of the pellets in a 30 inch circle, a Modified will do the same at 35 yards and an Improved will do it at 25 yards. Each is for different types of hunting. Remington has a really good write up on it on thier web site. www.remington.com
09-04-2002, 07:43 AM
Thanks for the reply Shadow. Slight misunderstanding here. I was asking about having a standard barrel machined to accept screw in chokes. Gun Doc was nice enough to contact me with information and labor costs. If anyone else is interested in having their plain barrel machined to accept screw in chokes get in touch with Gun Doc.
09-04-2002, 07:58 PM
I got a quote to do a older Auto-5 of $150 bucks to have the barrel sent out by the gunsmith to have screw in chokes done.
The problem you may have is if the gun is older, the barrel wall will be too thin for safe modification..............this is the very reason I left my Auto-5 factory stock with fixed chokes(it is also more collectable this way).
Most gunsmiths send the barrel out to be worked on. I think on a relatively newer gun you would have no problems.
Try Bolsa Gunsmithing in Fountain Valley or Mike's Gunsmithing in Long Beach/Lakewood. I have had work done by both with no problems. They are in 411.
09-05-2002, 07:10 AM
Americhoke in La puente also does choke work. I believe their address is www.americhoke.com or you can call information for their number sorry I don't still have it.
09-05-2002, 11:29 AM
Jesse Briley in Houston is absolutely world class. He's got a web site, but just search (Briley gunsmith) and I'm sure it will load. Although he's doing lots of stuff for all types of shooters, he really pioneered choke tubes over the last 20 years. He's neither cheap nor expensive - quality work for a fair price. I don't want a cheap doctor or gunsmith. Both can hurt sensitive stuff.
09-13-2002, 04:22 PM
I too have herd good things about Bob Day. Here's his we site.
09-14-2002, 10:37 PM
shufigo is absolutely correct. Briley is one of the very best, if not the best on after market tubes. I have Briley in my old Wingmaster.
However, with that said, I have heard of other folks having it done for somewhat less money by other outfits. However, I have never seen my friends pattern their shot after the tubes were installed, so do not know their "true results". On the other hand my Wingmaster prints (almost) the prettiest little patterns you ever saw and right were you point it too. If your into that sorta thing!
Anyway, it doesn't take much for tubes to be installed improperly and throw your point of impact completely off (not to mention lousy patterns), so using someone reputable would be important.
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