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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by 257ack, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. 257ack

    257ack Member

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    Anybody using these? likes and dislikes
     
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  2. Fine Figure of a Man

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    My dislike for them is because cutts and similar products ruined a lot of nice old guns IMO. I understand that was the only option for interchangeable chokes back in the day and I probably would have got one myself.
     
  3. dieselchief

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    I just purchased a 1936 model 12 solid rib gun with a combination comp and polychoke. it is a older Hartford version not the later Wisconsin one. looking forward to shooting it. the gun is 98 percent. if it didn't have a comp/choke on it I could not have got it for 275.
     
  4. earlthegoat2

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    Many attest they produce better patterns than any other variable choke system, including interchangeable tubes.

    Whether they do or not is research that would have had to have been done a decade or so before I was born so I have no idea whether this is true or not.

    They do work quite well on Thompson submachineguns though.
     
  5. PapaG

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    I won many card shoots with a 97 and Cutts with the Sprfull tube. I shoot skeet even now with a M12 Skeet with a Cutts and SPR tube. Other than being ugly as sin and very noisy the work great. I shot in a black powder trap match in WI years ago (Damascus or outside hammers or pre 1898) and after each station the grass in front of the station was wilted from the downblast. This fall, one of the skeet puller/scorer kids asked me what was that thing I was shooting. I told him it was the same thing his granddad used in the 40's. I have a couple spare Cutts bodies and a whole set of tubes for down the road projects.
     
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  6. farm23

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    I have on an old 20ga pump. Ugly as sin but works.
     
  7. entropy

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    They have a certain retro charm, and they do work well. I had an Ithaca 37 that had one, gave the gun to a friend for a wedding present, and sold the choke tube box, three chokes, and the wrench for $50 at a gun show. She got the IC that was on it, she needed an HD shotgun after her ex moved out, he took his Ted Williams (Win 1400) 12 ga with him.
     
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  8. 257ack

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    I have a Rem 11-48 recoil operated that I bought with a bulged barrel. I found a barrel with a cuts on it for a hefty price. I' glad I bought it now. I have since added all the chokes and another barrel with a vent rib also with a cuts and also an original trap barrel. I have a pattern board and load my own and try a lot of combinations. I can tell you that It patterns better than any other shotgun I ever had including the trap barrel. Yes, it is loud but everyone on the line should have hearing protection.
     
  9. Nature Boy

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    My dad's old Model 11 has one. I've been told they worked well when new but wear out over time and become less effective.
     
  10. PapaG

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    Ain't nothing to wear out. Solid steel with no moving parts. The Remington, however, might get shaky after a hundred K rounds or so, since it is basically an Auto 5.
     
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  11. Constant Velocity

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    I just picked up a Browning Double auto with a Cutts compensator installed but haven't had a chance to try it out. I wanted it for a spare barrel on my Browning Twelvette to give me more options than the 29" full choke that came on it.
     
  12. tactikel

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    My Grandfather was a terrific skeet shooter winning trophy's in the '30s, '40s, and '50'. His favorite gun was a Win Model 12 with a Cutts Compensator. He felt it gave superior patterns (in the days of paper shells and felt wads). It was touted to lessen recoil and blast. He swore by it and had a case full of trophys.
    Auto Ordinance used it on their "Tommy guns" to great effect.
     
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  13. Bristol Mt.Man

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    My Dad owned a model 12, skeet grade, 12 ga, solid rib and had a Cutts compensator on it. He also had a complete set of choke tube ends in wooden case that held them. I sold it for him so he could buy an over an under. I miss that old model 12 and wish I kept it.
     
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  14. Joe fonuki

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    Not really... That is a myth. There is nothing to wear out except the forcing cone of an aluminum tube. Merely replace it with a steel tube if required.
     
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  15. spazzy

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    I bought a barrel for my 1100 with a cutts attached. I was going to chop it off to make it shorter for grouse hunting but after shooting it, I found I didn't mind it, and its reasonably short anyways at 24 inches. It came with a skeet, mod and full chokes. The skeet should serve me well for grouse this fall. I havent patterned any other of the chokes yet.
     
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  16. Rudolph31

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    As everyone has said, they work. They also add weight up front which I find smooths my swing. I don’t see how they “compensate” for recoil as unlike the Cutts on a Thompson, the shotgun variety has slots top and bottom. Also, although folks online talk about how noisy they are, I never noticed a difference, nor has anyone commented on the noise when I shoot mine. Last, like the Poly Choke, they decrease the value of the guns that wear them, making for some incredible bargains.
     
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  17. kBob

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    I love the sound of an A5 with one on it.

    -kBob
     
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  19. MacAR

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    I take you've never had one touched off next to your head while in a steel duck blind! I like them for their patterning and chokes, but positively despise the noise! A 3.5" 10 gauge is quieter in my opinion. Personally I don't like how they look on a gun, but that won't necessarily prevent me buying a nice gun with one on it and the replacing it with screw in tubes or one of the Polys in the parts box.

    Mac
     
  20. kBob

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    Nope just behind the dogs flushing quail or along the edge of a dove field or at a turkey shoot with seven other guys as losers in your flight they sound great!

    -kBob
     
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  21. PapaG

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    I'm still bidding on 1100 barrels with Cutts when they come up on eBay. I already have one with a PolyChoke but it doesn't work as well for me as my M12 and Cutts.
     
  22. DocRock

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    They're great, as long as whoever installed back in the day did it properly. Based on my, admittedly not vast, experience, there seem to have been a surprising number of botches.
     
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    I've always liked their steampunk look.
    Other than that, I've never really cared.
     
  24. .22M.R.F.

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    My deceased Bird Hunting Buddy had an old Model 11, 20 gauge that only had the attatching ring remaining on the barrel. Not sure if he bought it that way or had it occurr while he was shooting it. I thought it was suppose to look like that with only the ring left until he told me it wasn't complete but he sure could shoot that shotgun.
     
  25. ApacheCoTodd

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    I have an original Cutts on my righteous U.S Navy trainer M-11. I dig the hell outa it for a couple of reasons.

    1) I like the way it shoots, points and balances.

    2) I absolutely LOVE hearing ninnies whining about how the shotgun's value has been ruined. Regardless the fact that that's how the U.S. Navy ordered it in WWII.

    I'm still on a low intensity search for the complete set of period screw-ins.

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