View Full Version : Non choked shotgun barrel

March 18, 2011, 07:33 AM
Hi all.
I'm wanting to get a new barrel for my shotgun, a shorter one (for my 870).
But because of where I live know where sells replacement barrels because its not much less than buying a whole new gun.
But I found a place thats doing a deal on a 870 that comes with two barrels.
I'd just sell the gun with one barrel and keep the other one, the one i'd keep is a 20 inch barrel with open sights, but it has no choke and is smooth bore.

My question is, what will the barrel be equivalent of, a quite open choke or a tight choke? I'm guessing its for slugs seeings how it has sights.
Also would a gunsmith be able to alter the barrel to accept changeable chokes?

Thanks all

Old Grump
March 18, 2011, 08:20 AM
It's called cylinder bore and that is no choke at all. I sent mine in to be threaded and put an IM choke on it, more accurate with the choke than it was without.

March 18, 2011, 11:12 AM
Also would a gunsmith be able to alter the barrel to accept changeable chokes?

Possibly, if he's purchased the appropriate tools. I've only trusted a local gunsmith once, and was disappointed. It was a target barrel and he'd failed to notice that it was factory over-bored. Instead of having someone who occasionally installs interchangeable choke, look for someone who does it a lot. Ask at your local shooting club, there may be a noted choke man in NZ?

March 19, 2011, 05:38 PM
I know that its no choke at all, but what would the pattern compare to?
Would it be quite tight or an open pattern?

March 19, 2011, 05:42 PM
Cylinder will have the most open pattern.

March 19, 2011, 10:55 PM
And it's impossible to say with any certainly whether or not after-purchase screw-in chokes could be done.
The barrel walls on the Remingtons vary too much in thickness. Can't tell till you get the barrel to the mechanic.