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Can you remove a choke tube and shoot steel shot from a shotgun without damaging the threads?

Question by vasportsman. Uploaded on January 02, 2013

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from woolf1987 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

you can the wade should protect the threads but your pattern will be very open.

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from allegnmtn wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

No. You can't shoot anything - lead, steel, bismuth, slugs without the choke tubes in. You will damage the threads, ruin the barrel in terms of putting the choke tubes back in, and ultimately it's not safe.

A steel shot choke tube is a lot cheaper than a new barrel (and safer for you). Besides, if you shoot without a choke, you'd basically have an open choke (really wide)pattern which would be just about useless for waterfowl unless you're shooting them at a distance of 10-12 feet.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

NO!
Period.
Buy a choke made for steel shot.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

This is easy. NO!

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Allegnmtn- why the not safe? I fully agree on the 'NO's and I'm not disagreeing with ya, but what's the reason for lack of safety?

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Ditto~Hoski...No replace the choke with one made for Steel Shot..some are as cheep as $14.00, Why take a chance on damaging your Shotgun??

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from allegnmtn wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Why unsafe: You're basically shooting out of a weakened barrel. It would be under a lot more stress than it's designed for. Why take the chance?

I wouldn't sit in the blind or stand at the range with someone shooting without choke tubes. Why take the chance?

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Yeah it would mess the threads up and damage the barrel. Like everyone is saying buy a steel shot choke tube. Just curious why would you not want to use a choke?

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Best case: you would get the threads packed with plastic.
Worst case: the wad case would open up and the steel shot would damage the threads.
It's a lose-lose proposition.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Go ahead and do it. Just plan on a split barrel and/or ruined threads. Also, listen to the childish numbnuts that think such a thing is OK. You'll keep the gunshops in business for the long term.

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from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I don't believe anyone deliberately wants to be mean, but man; where do these questions come from?

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

ITHACASXS: It comes from a young hunter with NO adults with any hunting knowledge is my guess? as dumb as it my seems not every one grows-up in a hunting family,so he asks the boys on F&S for an Answer!

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I would tend to say the only numbnuts are the one's that would slur someone else for asking a question... IMHO

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from Amflyer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

You'll have to forgive the Mtnhunter... Sometimes he just blurts out the truth, which doesn't seem to fit today's society. Poor sap probably doesn't even have a shrink or support group. (Bet he drinks alcohol and uses profanity too)

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

At times WAM may exhibit a bit of a rough edge.
However, he means well and would never intentionally advise anyone to do anything that would result in injury.
Cut him some slack...he went a whole year sticking to a New Year's resolution to be kinder and gentler with the puppies...glad to see it's a new year. :)

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Jeez, I was just wondering, was not planning on it, had just never heard a cogent answer on the subject. And obviously there are a few people like me that had never heard one either. I apologize for my ignorance and submit myself to your expert opinions of my character.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Bring on the minus -1's! LMAO

Not a dumb question....just some DA reponses by some that don't know anything but answer anyway.....woolfie!

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

VA- I'm in the same boat as you, I knew it was a no-no and that you would screw up your threading, but I guess I never knew there was safety concern...
WA M- you'll have to excuse me, my daddy didn't play with me much when I was a kid. However my mother did teach me manners...

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

It seems to me that this was a hypothetical question that would be of general interest (or a project for Mythbusters), and not actually a proposed course of action by a shooter who is too lazy to screw in a choke tube. Just sayin.'

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Pray-hunt-work,maybe he should have tied a pork chop around your neck so the dog would play with you!

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Maybe he did, could be I ate that too!!

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

So far nobody has claimed to KNOW what would happen based on actual experience. This discussion is therefore theoretical, and no one of us is more RIGHT than any other.
I wish Phil Bourjaily would chime in on this.

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from capt.seagull wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

be safe I would get what i need to be safe

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from country road wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Y'all cut WAM some slack. He taught me the basics of being a C.O.F. and I've learned the rest by myself and have been practicing hard.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Hoski, that's right!

Happy New Year!

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

WAM,
Happy New Year to you and yours too.
How's the yellow dog progressing?
No need to bring up Monday...right?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

The little yellow girl found a goose yesterday in a pile of cattails that the big dawg could not locate. Shee has a good nose! Her obedience needs a lot of work, but field work is coming along fine.

Just be prepared for some unhappy campers in South Bend and elsewhere among the Irish faithful..... The Tide by 15.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

WAM,
If memory serves, seems to me it took about 2 years for my girl to settle down on the obedience front. Most days upon arrival home from work I had to even out 3 legs on a chair or the kitchen table, finally ended up being a squat coffee table. Bought many pairs of new shoes for the wife, never could teach either one where to put shoes when they were done with them!

15? A little generous I think, but I know you're partisan. I must admit to the SEC dominance of late though.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Hoski,

She knows the command "Here" and has selective recall when something else has her attention. My black dawg will come, heel, sit, cast left/right, etc. on hand signals usually without fail. She has been a blonde challenge to say the least! Pointing and flushing lab stock.... She is tough in the cold and wet though.

LOL on the shoes! I gave her an old pair of my old shoes that she still chews on. Leaves the rest alone, except the wife's shoes! Ditto on putting them away.

I might be wrong about Monday night, but don't believe so.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

WAM,
My "theory" about chewing the wife's shoes only?...
Jealousy!

Don't have a dog in Monday night's fight but should be a good one, hope it's not a blowout.

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Ditto~Hoski...No replace the choke with one made for Steel Shot..some are as cheep as $14.00, Why take a chance on damaging your Shotgun??

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

ITHACASXS: It comes from a young hunter with NO adults with any hunting knowledge is my guess? as dumb as it my seems not every one grows-up in a hunting family,so he asks the boys on F&S for an Answer!

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from allegnmtn wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

No. You can't shoot anything - lead, steel, bismuth, slugs without the choke tubes in. You will damage the threads, ruin the barrel in terms of putting the choke tubes back in, and ultimately it's not safe.

A steel shot choke tube is a lot cheaper than a new barrel (and safer for you). Besides, if you shoot without a choke, you'd basically have an open choke (really wide)pattern which would be just about useless for waterfowl unless you're shooting them at a distance of 10-12 feet.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Best case: you would get the threads packed with plastic.
Worst case: the wad case would open up and the steel shot would damage the threads.
It's a lose-lose proposition.

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I would tend to say the only numbnuts are the one's that would slur someone else for asking a question... IMHO

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

At times WAM may exhibit a bit of a rough edge.
However, he means well and would never intentionally advise anyone to do anything that would result in injury.
Cut him some slack...he went a whole year sticking to a New Year's resolution to be kinder and gentler with the puppies...glad to see it's a new year. :)

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Jeez, I was just wondering, was not planning on it, had just never heard a cogent answer on the subject. And obviously there are a few people like me that had never heard one either. I apologize for my ignorance and submit myself to your expert opinions of my character.

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

VA- I'm in the same boat as you, I knew it was a no-no and that you would screw up your threading, but I guess I never knew there was safety concern...
WA M- you'll have to excuse me, my daddy didn't play with me much when I was a kid. However my mother did teach me manners...

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

It seems to me that this was a hypothetical question that would be of general interest (or a project for Mythbusters), and not actually a proposed course of action by a shooter who is too lazy to screw in a choke tube. Just sayin.'

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

NO!
Period.
Buy a choke made for steel shot.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

This is easy. NO!

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Yeah it would mess the threads up and damage the barrel. Like everyone is saying buy a steel shot choke tube. Just curious why would you not want to use a choke?

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from Amflyer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

You'll have to forgive the Mtnhunter... Sometimes he just blurts out the truth, which doesn't seem to fit today's society. Poor sap probably doesn't even have a shrink or support group. (Bet he drinks alcohol and uses profanity too)

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Maybe he did, could be I ate that too!!

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

So far nobody has claimed to KNOW what would happen based on actual experience. This discussion is therefore theoretical, and no one of us is more RIGHT than any other.
I wish Phil Bourjaily would chime in on this.

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from country road wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Y'all cut WAM some slack. He taught me the basics of being a C.O.F. and I've learned the rest by myself and have been practicing hard.

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Allegnmtn- why the not safe? I fully agree on the 'NO's and I'm not disagreeing with ya, but what's the reason for lack of safety?

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from allegnmtn wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Why unsafe: You're basically shooting out of a weakened barrel. It would be under a lot more stress than it's designed for. Why take the chance?

I wouldn't sit in the blind or stand at the range with someone shooting without choke tubes. Why take the chance?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Go ahead and do it. Just plan on a split barrel and/or ruined threads. Also, listen to the childish numbnuts that think such a thing is OK. You'll keep the gunshops in business for the long term.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I don't believe anyone deliberately wants to be mean, but man; where do these questions come from?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Bring on the minus -1's! LMAO

Not a dumb question....just some DA reponses by some that don't know anything but answer anyway.....woolfie!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Pray-hunt-work,maybe he should have tied a pork chop around your neck so the dog would play with you!

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from capt.seagull wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

be safe I would get what i need to be safe

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Hoski, that's right!

Happy New Year!

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

WAM,
Happy New Year to you and yours too.
How's the yellow dog progressing?
No need to bring up Monday...right?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

The little yellow girl found a goose yesterday in a pile of cattails that the big dawg could not locate. Shee has a good nose! Her obedience needs a lot of work, but field work is coming along fine.

Just be prepared for some unhappy campers in South Bend and elsewhere among the Irish faithful..... The Tide by 15.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

WAM,
If memory serves, seems to me it took about 2 years for my girl to settle down on the obedience front. Most days upon arrival home from work I had to even out 3 legs on a chair or the kitchen table, finally ended up being a squat coffee table. Bought many pairs of new shoes for the wife, never could teach either one where to put shoes when they were done with them!

15? A little generous I think, but I know you're partisan. I must admit to the SEC dominance of late though.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Hoski,

She knows the command "Here" and has selective recall when something else has her attention. My black dawg will come, heel, sit, cast left/right, etc. on hand signals usually without fail. She has been a blonde challenge to say the least! Pointing and flushing lab stock.... She is tough in the cold and wet though.

LOL on the shoes! I gave her an old pair of my old shoes that she still chews on. Leaves the rest alone, except the wife's shoes! Ditto on putting them away.

I might be wrong about Monday night, but don't believe so.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

WAM,
My "theory" about chewing the wife's shoes only?...
Jealousy!

Don't have a dog in Monday night's fight but should be a good one, hope it's not a blowout.

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from woolf1987 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

you can the wade should protect the threads but your pattern will be very open.

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