jc higgin 12ga

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Oldfart, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Oldfart

    Oldfart Member

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    has any one taken off the cutts compinsator off I here it is sweated on thanks
     

  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    The best way to fix your shotgun is to cut the cutts of as close the the choke and buy a tap for
    the removable chokes, thread the barrel and use the extended choke tubes. you will only lose about 1/2 inch of barrel .

    J E CUSTON
     

  3. shortgrass

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    Machining for choke tubes requires much more than just the "tap". It, also, requires the proper stepped reamer. The bore will need to be measured to .001 of an inch, so a bore gauge is needed, too. Not all shotgun barrels can be threaded for tubes. O.D. and I.D. must fall between set perameters so as the shot column/wad can clear the I.D. of the choke tube 'skirt' and there remains enough wall thickness for the threading to be correct (100% thread). All in all, we're talking $400+ for the measuring tools, cutting tools and don't forget the pilots for those cutting tools. The "step reaming" is best accomplished on a lathe, which opens a whole new "can of worms". Turning the tap is best accomplished by hand, with the appropriate tap wrench (another $50 or so) not a Cresent wrench. Now, add another $16-$18 for a gallon of Ridgid Dark Threading Oil and it should become obvious why this isn't a "home gunsmithing task".
     
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ted.
    I should have expanded on my suggestion like I normally do (Long winded) On one of a kind
    installations I normally use my lathe to save the tooling cost and bore and thread with it.

    To the OP. Have a good gunsmith like TED do it and avoid any problems if you are not sure
    and don,t have the proper tools.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  5. shortgrass

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    Cutts Compansators are soldered on . The proper heat will remove it. Most of the time a 'step' has been machined on the outside of the barrel where the solder is. You, almost certainly, have to cut off the device, like J.E. said in his post. Now, you're left without a bead, because it's on the comp! and maybe, no choke in the barrel. I don't know what was going through minds when these devices were popular, but I've got a big box of 'um that I've cut off.