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Old 07-16-2002, 08:04 AM   #1
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Can a fixed shotgun barrel be made to accept choke tubes?

One more question. Can a fixed smoothbore Winchester 120 Ranger 12ga deer slug barrel be tapped on the end to accept choke tubes? If so, could it be tapped to accept chokes other than the Winchoke system. For example, could it be tapped to accept Browning chokes or Remington chokes instead. Would be nice to use same barrel for deer and turkey- being able to use rifled choke or xfull choke would be great. If possible, is this a very difficult thing to have done? Also, what would a reputable gunsmith charge for this service? Anyone had good results with a particular gunsmith or have recommendations for a good gunsmith? Thanks.
 
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Old 07-16-2002, 09:25 AM   #2
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Look at www.briley.com under their shotgun services. They have been doing it for years.
 
Old 07-16-2002, 11:34 AM   #3
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Yes it can. The end of the barrel is reamed and threaded for a choke tube. As mentioned, Briley has a very good reputation for this. If your slug barrel is rifled, it won't be accurate with anything but slugs. If it is a smoothbore, it will work fine.
 
Old 07-16-2002, 01:56 PM   #4
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WHAT KIND OF CHOKES???

Anyone had this done by Briley? I called them and was a little confused. They offer two packages(one is they ream and thread the barrel, the other package is ream, thread, and throw in 3 choke tubes for a little more). I get the drift that once this is done, the only chokes that my barrel will accept will be Briley brand choke tubes, as this is their own choke system. Am I correct? If so, I guess you would call this the Brileychoke, and not Winchoke? If the barrel will only accept Briley choke, then why would someone only have them to ream and thread the barrel? Would you be able to find the Brileychoke tubes cheaper elsewhere after having the barrel job done? I want this barrel for deer, turkey, home protection, but do not want to lose my shirt in the process. Thanks.
 
Old 07-16-2002, 03:51 PM   #5
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There are other 'smiths that will install Winchokes or whatever brand you like. I didn't know that Briley only installed their own tubes (which are very good but expensive). You might try Ballistic Specialties:
http://www.angleport.com/default.asp?C=35910
There are others as well. Maybe Ted Yost can help you or recommend a 'smith that can.
 
Old 07-16-2002, 05:53 PM   #6
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Question on Chokes

Do most smiths ream and thread the barrel to accept chokes, or is the standard procedure to ream and install a threaded insert? Which is the best way to go?
 
Old 07-16-2002, 06:04 PM   #7
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Usually they will ream and thread so you can use interchangeable choke tubes. It gives you more options that way.
 
Old 07-17-2002, 12:08 AM   #8
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Briley

Briley does it the way they do so you can use the Briley thinwalls you already own or get three of them when you have the service done. The reason Briley uses their own choke design is that they are thinwall chokes, they keep you from having the barrell reamed out to be too thin. I have not personally had this serivce done, but I have shot with over a dozen other people who have had this done to many guns. All of them have been happy with the work.

I would suggest looking into a second barrel with screw in chokes for your shotgun. It would cost near the same and your problems would be solved. You would also be able to have two different length barrels.
 
Old 07-17-2002, 07:49 AM   #9
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Briley's work is excellent, and their choke tubes are among the best, IMO. They're not the cheapest game in town, though and they shouldn't be. On a less expensive gun, you probably wouldn't want to spend Briley money. I ream and tap for both Rem-choke and thinwall tubes. The deciding factor of which one is used depends on the barrel wall thickness and bore diameter of your barrel, as they vary greatly. As for cost of tubes, quality choke tubes are available for just under $20 each, and should serve you well.
 
Old 07-17-2002, 11:06 AM   #10
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DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ON THE REAR SIGHT RAMP??

This is a factory model 120 deer slug barrel with factory sights. Only one thing, the rear sight ramp is missing. I've been told that the models 120 and 1200 use the 3C elevator ramp just like some model 94 rifles. I'm not sure what this means, but would you happen to know if this is the same ramp that winchester currently uses on the rear sight of its model 1300 shotgun? I am looking to repair/update this sight. I guess that I always pick up the oddball stuff. I believe that I have found a local gunsmith that is experienced with converting fixed barrels to choke tube barrels. He's going to have to put a dial caliper on the barrel to determine which style of choke tubes to thread for. Oh well, any sight info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all the information.
 
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