How often do you clean the choke tube?


June 19, 2005, 09:23 PM
I just pulled the choke tube off my M1Super 90 after about 700 and it was filthy!! I gave it a 2 hour bath in Hoppes just so the gooooo would break loose. There has gotta be an easier way to cut the gooo off the choke.

Any suggestions? (Other than shoot an 870 :) )

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Andrew Wyatt
June 19, 2005, 09:34 PM
why do you need choke tubes? or an auto for that matter. get an 870.

why do you even take the choke tube off? why not clean it when you clean the barrel?

Why am i asking so many questions?

June 19, 2005, 09:41 PM
Hey Nelson! :)

I am digging unsuccessfully in memory banks for what someone mentioned for this. I am assuming this is mostly that yukky polyethylene crud that just wants to stay stuck on!!

I know there's a trick somewhere - someone?? I need reminded! :rolleyes:

June 19, 2005, 10:29 PM
I (of course :banghead: ) can't find it now, but I've seen choke tube brushes for around $10. They look like a crank with a brass brush on the end. I've never used one but I've heard they work well. A boresnake with some CLP seems to do a decent job of getting the plastic wad residue out of the choke tube though. An old electric toothbrush also works well.

btw, what does an 870 have to do with this? All the ones I've seen used choke tubes

Doug G.
June 19, 2005, 10:30 PM
This is the stuff I use. It really stinks, so use it outdoors, makes the plastic wad build up ball up. I also like the Tornado stainless brushes. I clean my bore and tubes after 1000 rounds. I shoot 200 rds of Sporting Clays a week so cleaning it after every time I shoot would be too much of a pain. Also pay attention to the brand of shells you use. Some leave more fouling than others.


Dave McCracken
June 20, 2005, 04:01 AM
The folks who make SLIP 2000 gave me a jar of their choke tube cleaner to try out a couple years back. Works.

So does elbow grease and a brass brush. Or, the 4/0 steel wool on a dowel chucked up in a drill.

June 20, 2005, 08:59 AM
CHLORINATED brake cleaner, it melts the plastic right out. No more than 10 seconds and zero elbow grease to clean a choke. About a buck a can if you watch for the sale price, one can lasts for several cleanings.

Take the barrel outside, spray it out there because it stinks. Also be sure not to get it on the wood or synthetic furniture, some finishes can be damaged.

June 20, 2005, 12:56 PM
About a minute or two with judicious use of CLP and an old (non-electric) toothbrush and a final wipedown with a cloth damp with more CLP has always worked for me.

June 20, 2005, 03:02 PM
The chokes tubes stay in the gun when I clean the barrels. After the barrels are clean the choke tubes are removed and the threads are cleaned with solvent and brushed out. The tube threads are regreased and I put the tubes back in the gun. I'm not worried as much about build up inside the tube as wear or damage to the threads.


June 20, 2005, 07:20 PM
You might try Brownell's Wad Solvent. This disolves anything including the poly-ureathane finish on your nice wood stock. I haven't cleaned a choke tube in years and the targets don't seem to notice.

June 20, 2005, 07:30 PM
Thanks for all the nice replies. The carbon build up on the choke tube was caked on rather thick so I gave it a Hoppes bath for a few hours. It took 2 hours for the stuff to loosen up and I was able to get some work done with a brush.

On the nice side of things, a nice fellow came by the office and gave me a box of .38s and 5 boxes of 12 gauge in the 7/8oz flavor :)

June 20, 2005, 08:01 PM
My firearm gets cleaned when I return home after each shooting session, whether it be rifle, pistol, or shotgun. I don't have leading or plastic buildup in my shotgun, nor leading in my pistols, nor copper buildup in my rifles. Think maybe there is a relationship here?

Good shooting and be safe.

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