The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > The Smithy

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old November 5, 2008, 07:15 PM   #1
Join Date: May 26, 2008
Location: metro detroit
Posts: 49
Shot Gun holes in pattern

I have a 12guage 870 Remington special field vent rib fixed modified choke.A few years back I needed a skeet gun an had it drilled out,after he drilled it there was holes in the pattern I had it looked at by another smith an he said that it had been drilled out to almost a open choke.can this be fixed? dose anyone know a smith that I could send it to that would fix it.I dont know of any good gun smiths in my area.
bear300us is offline  
Old November 5, 2008, 07:55 PM   #2
Hunter Customs
Senior Member
Join Date: March 26, 2005
Location: Osborn, Missouri
Posts: 2,649
If the barrel is not to thin you might be able to have screw in chokes installed in the barrel.
It might be less expensive to just buy a new barrel or find a good used one.

As for shotgun barrels having holes in the pattern. I had a beautiful A-5 Browning that would pattern 6 shot as pretty and even as possible, try using 7 1/2 or 8 shot and there was holes in the pattern big enough to throw a ball cap through.
You might want to try a different shot size before you give up on the barrel you now have.
Bob Hunter
Hunter Customs is offline  
Old November 5, 2008, 08:00 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: February 23, 2005
Posts: 12,897
You will be money ahead just buying a new barrel with screw in chokes.
BigJimP is offline  
Old November 6, 2008, 08:39 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: June 24, 2007
Location: West Central Florida
Posts: 207
Unless the bore was mechanically wrecked in some manner as a result of the "boring", you should be able to adjust the load to the barrel. Shotguns are no different than rifles, you can't expect to shove anything you want in the back side and have it work properly on the front side. Change the powder, change the payload weight, change the wad, ect. The amount of squeeze applied by a common constriction choke often means less to degree of pattern quality than a properly built load for the gun.
"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything."
Harry S. Truman
[email protected]
FL-Flinter is offline  
Old November 7, 2008, 01:39 AM   #5
Join Date: May 26, 2008
Location: metro detroit
Posts: 49
I bought a new one on GB tonight $98 shipped to my door,I wont do that again I think I should have adjusted my load before I had it drilled out,Live an learn O Well
bear300us is offline  
Old November 12, 2008, 03:25 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: March 18, 2002
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,355
Even shotguns are not immune to the basic law of firearms:

EVERY gun/barrel/ammo brand & type combination is a law unto itself.

Case in point: Shooting Budd & I both have Maverick 88 shotguns with the 18-1/2" cylinder bore barrel. Mine throws the best patterns with Rem #4 Buck, while his works best with Win #1 Buck. Another Budd with a Mossberg 500 and the short barrel finds his is best w/Fed 00Buck.

"Slugs?" you say? Again, Your Mileage Will Vary. Mine best with PMC brand 2-3/4" 1-Oz, worthless with Rem "Sluggers". First Budd's is best with Sluggers, while 2md guys guns like the Brennekke KO slugs.
Load your weapons and 'Stand Ready'. It will be a bumpy ride.
foghornl is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.11632 seconds with 9 queries