I got a new 870 today.
My experience with shotguns is somewhat limited, so the question I have may have an obvious answer to some here. I bought a new remington 870 express magnum today, and I was wondering about chokes. On the guns I've used before there was a thread in choke on the end of the barrel to pattern the shot. The gun I bought today has nothing there, just a smooth bore. Do I need a choke? Some of the threads that I found while searching suggested that a shotgun barrel may be damaged if it is shot without a choke, or that damage can occur with certain types of amunition and no choke. I don't know if this is relevent to my question, but the gun I bought has a shorter barrel, and is intended to be for home defence. Any wisdom on this would be much appreciated.