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I have an 870 that I haven't used in quite some time. I bought it when I was new to guns because it was a great deal ($100). Now I'm more into shooting and had a question about the choke tubes.

Is it ok to shoot without a choke tube in? I guess I'm just thinking it will mess up the threads, but I'm not sure. I really don't want to mess up the threads and not be able to put a choke in if needed.

Also, does anyone have a good link describing the different chokes and their patterns?
 

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Do not shoot without a choke in!

Just curious as to why you would want to shoot it withuot a choke in the barrel?

Cylinder is most open, then skeet, then IC, then Mod, then IM, then full.
There are some others in there, and then you get your turkey chokes and super tight chokes, but those are the basics.

Here is a wiki link about chokes.
 

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Do not shoot without a choke in!

Just curious as to why you would want to shoot it withuot a choke in the barrel?

Cylinder is most open, then skeet, then IC, then Mod, then IM, then full.
There are some others in there, and then you get your turkey chokes and super tight chokes, but those are the basics.

Here is a wiki link about chokes.
Why not with out a choke in? I have two chokes now, Modified and Skeet. I have shot it a few times without a choke in, but I was recently able to still get a new choke in it, so I'm guessing I was lucky and didn't damage it. Guess I need some more.
 

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You can shoot it without the choke in, but it could cause damage over an extended period of time.
The threads could become gummed up with plastic, which would open the "choke" up to a cylinder bore.
It also would wear down the threads, so that if you wanted to use a choke in the future, the threads may not hold the choke as securely as designed.

If you want a chokeless gun, get a cylinder bore barrel.
 
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