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Cleaning a New Choke Tube

Advice for the Shooter

I have used several methods over the years to clean new chokes. They all worked but each, it seemed, had some drawback.

This is the procedure that I use now. This is for the initial cleaning of the SSX or any other new unfired turkey choke. After I've performed this initial cleaning, I clean a choke tube like I clean a barrel that's been shot.

Materials and Supplies

I use a plastic tray about 1" deep and wide enough to hold the choke. A "T.V" dinner tray works very well. Anything will work but it can be important to contain the excess liquid. It is reusable and you don't want to make any more mess than is absolutely necessary.

One (1) good brass/bronze bore brush of the appropriate gauge, another brass brush, this one can be old and worn, you'll just use it to wrap some patches around; a short cleaning rod; several good cotton patches (gauze bandage pads are great); two (2) cotton (or other absorbent cloth) rags; a spray can of WD-40; a couple of old (or new) soft toothbrushes and a bottle of Windex.

Incidentals and extras

A warm place to work is nice but not totally necessary. A big towel under the tray to soak-up any over-spray or mess is also a good idea.

The Procedure

Place the choke in the tray and spray it inside and out with Windex. Let it soak for a few minutes and then scrub the outside of the choke that has been wetted with Windex with 1 of the soft toothbrushes, until it's clean. That will remove any grease, packing material, oil and other gunk that may be there after the manufacturing process, bluing, etc. Pay special attention to the threads, any ports or other grooved outer areas. Use the toothbrush to clean the muzzle area of the choke.

Spray more Windex on and in the bore of the choke then spray some on your new  (good condition) brass bore brush. Use the bore brush to scrub the bore, back and forth and also turn it in the bore in a scrubbing motion. Remove the brush, spray some more Windex in the bore of the choke and on the brush and repeat.

Wipe the outside of the choke with one of your clean rags so that it won't slip out of your hand. Place a cotton patch over the end of you old brush, insert it into the breach end of the choke and make several passes to remove most of the Windex and the gunk. Place another clean patch over the first one and repeat that process.

Spray the choke, inside and out liberally with WD-40. Use your dry cotton rag to polish the outside of the choke. The WD-40 will drive out any other liquid and will remove any residual from the gunk or Windex. Use the other soft toothbrush to brush the threads, etc. to be certain that the WD-40 gets in all the nooks and crannies. Wipe it down again.

Put a clean and dry cotton patch on your old bore brush and make several passes through the interior of the choke. Inspect the inside of the choke to make sure there is no remaining gunk of any kind. Look very closely at the grooves. Spray another patch with WD-40, place it on the old bore brush and run through a couple of times.

If you are going to shoot the choke soon after this procedure, dry the bore.  If not, leave the WD-40 in it and run a dry patch through it before you shoot it.

Obviously, there's no magic to this procedure but after trying many different cleaners and procedures, I found one that works, doesn't use any "bad"  products and is very economical.

Once you have all your "tools" for this, it's pretty easy, pretty simple and pretty quick.


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