How to Free a Stuck Shotgun Choke Tube

by Larry Anderson

Shotgun choke tubes alter the pattern of the shot that comes out of the gun when the trigger is pulled. Different choke tube styles are used to accomplish different patterns, so hunters often swap out choke tubes. Occasionally, choke tubes get lodged in a shotgun's barrel.

  1. Make sure the shotgun is not loaded. If possible, remove the barrel from the shotgun.

  2. Use a choke tube wrench to try and turn the choke slightly clockwise. This will tighten the tube, but may also help loosen it.

  3. Turn the choke tube counter-clockwise with a choke tube wrench. Try and remove the choke tube.

  4. Heat the gun barrel around the choke tube with a hair dryer. Use a choke tube wrench and turn it counter-clockwise.

  5. Lightly tap the gun barrel around the choke tube with a piece of wood. Use a choke tube wrench and turn it counter-clockwise to try to loosen the tube.

  6. Immerse the part of the barrel with the choke tube in a penetrating oil. Let it sit for a day or two, then use a choke tube wrench to try to remove the tube.

Items you will need

  • Choke tube wrench
  • Hair dryer
  • Penetrating oil
  • Vice grips


  • Use a vice grip or pliers for more leverage on your choke tube wrench.


  • Using pliers or a vice grip directly on the choke tube could damage the tube. Ensure the gun is unloaded before you attempt any maintenance.

About the Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.