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old gun with steel

Postby KGB68 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:23 am

I have a semi-automatic 12 gauge(shoots 3 inch shells) old shotgun with a full choke.
there is no way to screw in a choke tube and it is my understanding I shouldn't shoot steel thru it.
what are my options here?
1 - bore out current barrel(cheapest?)?
2 - buy new barrel with choke tube options(middle $$$ option?)?
3 - buy a new gun(most expensive option?)?

any thoughts?

I only hunt a few times a year so a $1000 new gun isn't really an option or needed here.
thank you
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Re: old gun with steel

Postby mauserfan » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:49 am

What shotgun is it? I may have some ideas. Thanks...mauser
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Re: old gun with steel

Postby z51 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:15 am

As little as you hunt I would bore it out to modified or lite modified choke and call it a day. It will make the better gun all around anyway. Remember most modified chokes shoot near a full choke pattern with steel shot.
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Re: old gun with steel

Postby foldinducks » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:29 pm

google nice shot
it didnt smell like that when i ate it
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Re: old gun with steel

Postby waterfowlhunter » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:23 am

Depends on the gun, You can most likely shoot smaller steel thru It like #3 and #4 just stick to the standard velocity stuff. I shot everything including BB thru my Browning auto 5's with fixed full chokes and they patterned ok and never suffered any damage at all. and I am talking thousands of rounds through each.
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Re: old gun with steel

Postby KGB68 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:33 am

Mauser - it is a Remington 1100.
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Re: old gun with steel

Postby z51 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:28 pm

Remington recommends modified or more open for fixed choke guns made after 1950. Just have it opened up to around .720" and you should be fine. That's a good solution and inexpensive.
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Re: old gun with steel

Postby Smith » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:58 am

I have a Remington 870 I bought new in 1976. I also have an ancient Remington model 11 from the late 1920's. Both have fixed full choke barrels. These are the only guns I hunt ducks with. I have been shooting steel through them for as long as steel has been required. They both work fine, kill ducks dead, and have not suffered in the least for it. I don't plan to change. Ever. I suspect you could do the same.
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Re: old gun with steel

Postby Swamp Gas » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:27 pm

I have three mid 70's to early 80's fixed choke 870's. Some might consider them old but puff i could only pick one shotgun to go on a trip it would be one of them before any of my benellis.

This year is going to be different. I'm gonna shoot mainly guns that are older than me. My late 30's model 12 is gonna get some use.
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