a Shotgun Barrel for Choke Tubes
by Roy Seifert
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regularly participate in local 3-gun matches where one of the
guns is a pump or semi-auto shotgun.
I wanted a shotgun that would reliably feed the Aguila
short 12ga. shells so I could fit more in the magazine tube.
I purchased a
1300 Defender, which came with a cylinder bore barrel.
Apparently, it was for use with 00 buck loads.
Shooting target loads with this barrel made such a wide
pattern that I couldn’t knock down steel targets at 15 feet!
I thought the best solution to this problem was to
thread the barrel for choke tubes.
Since I had a
shotgun, I decided to thread the barrel for Winchoke tubes.
four steps in the process for threading a shotgun barrel for
the barrel to see if there is enough metal for threading.
the bushing to the inside of the barrel.
the inside of the barrel to ensure it is uniform.
This also removes any existing choke.
the barrel for the appropriate choke tube.
left photo shows the necessary tooling, which I purchased
From top to bottom are the tap, reamer, and pilot
1: Measure Barrel
The instructions that came with the tooling stated that the
barrel had to have a minimum outside diameter of 0.845”.
My barrel measured 0.900” which gave me plenty of
2: Fit Bushing
The bushing helps keep the reamer and tap centered in the
purchased a universal bushing that was a bit too large.
I took the barrel and bushing over to a friend who has
a lathe and he reduced the diameter of the bushing just enough
so that it would fit in my barrel.
He offered to ream and tap the barrel for me, but I
didn’t bring the tooling with me!
3: Ream Barrel
I mounted the barrel in a padded vise and used a tap wrench to
ream the inside of the barrel.
I was surprised at how much metal was removed.
I used plenty of cutting oil to lubricate the reamer,
and removed the reamer to clean off chips regularly.
I stopped when the last step of the reamer was touching
the front of the barrel. The
reamer had removed enough metal that a step was left in the
barrel. This step
was where the end of the choke tube would set leaving a flush
seam between the barrel and the choke tube.
4: Tap Barrel
Again, I used a tap wrench and plenty of oil to tap the
threads for the choke tube.
I turned the tap maybe 1/2 turn, then backed it off one
full turn to break the chips.
the barrel was tapped I thoroughly cleaned it with brake parts
cleaner, then oiled the barrel.
I applied some choke tube lubricant to a modified choke
and installed it in the barrel.
Now, with the modified choke, those metal targets fall
ga. Winchoke tap
ga. universal pilot