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Old 06-05-2008, 05:27 AM   #1
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Lyman Cutts

I have an adjustable Lyman Cutts compensator on an old Winchester mod 12. Does anyome have any information on how to use the adjustable choke and do they work. I understand that Lyman has discontinued the entire cutts line and the adjustable choke long ago. Does anyone know why, was i performance or looks.
Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 06-05-2008, 06:05 AM   #2
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Re: Lyman Cutts

At one time the Cutts was the cat's pjs on skeet fields although the fixed tubes were more common than the adjustable. If I recall the adjustable tube was like a conventional right hand thread .

The primary complaint was that they were too noisy and other shooters griped if you shot one. They were dropped because they didn't sell not for any mechanical reason.

Today a vintage shotgun with a Cutts is worth considerably less than one with a plain barrel.
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Re: Lyman Cutts

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Today a vintage shotgun with a Cutts is worth considerably less than one with a plain barrel.
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Tell me about it! I have an old Remington Model 17 my father used to own which has a Cutts. A gunsmith I had examine it once told me that Cutts made it worth a lot less than if it had a plain barrel.
Oh well ... wasn't really planning on selling it anyway ...

P.S. Charlie is right about the right hand thread.
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Old 06-05-2008, 03:20 PM   #4
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Re: Lyman Cutts

I always kinda smile when I see the adjust-a-choke guns on the used rack. It usually means a deal is there to be had. Same for sporterized milsurps.
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:51 PM   #5
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Re: Lyman Cutts

The question not answered was "Do they work?" Yes, the adjustable choke works. It's a variable collet, there should be markings on the choke body showing Improved, Modified and Full. If you overtighten the choke the patterns generally get blown and you can bend the spring collet fingers. You can gently straighten the fingers to restore tension.
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Old 06-07-2008, 05:19 AM   #6
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Re: Lyman Cutts

Thanks for all the information.
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:26 AM   #7
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Re: Lyman Cutts

The Cutts with tubes or adjustable work just as well as any other choke system. The main reason they went away was the invention of the internal choke tube. I mean, if you can have a flush mounted choke tube that works just the same, who wants a contraption on the end of their barrels that looks like a goiter?

We have much the same complaints that Charlie mentions now with modern barrel porting; it's just not fun to stand beside a ported barrel.
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