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Chris Davis 07-12-2021 11:53 AM

DHE Questions
I recently bought a pair of reproduction DHE shotguns - a 20 and a 28. Both are double trigger 28 inch guns choked M/F. They are not mint - showing normal wear from typical use. Since they are not collector pieces I would like to open the chokes so they are more useful. I'm in Texas and can get this done at Briley in Houston. Is there any reason I should not do this other than not altering the original factory configuration for collector purposes? Also the DHE 20 has a broken right ejector. Are there any recommendations for a gun smith who could fix it? Maybe open the chokes too? I appreciate any insight. best regards, Chris

John Safranek 07-12-2021 12:31 PM

I was looking at Kody Kearcher’s website and he fixes broken ejectors.

Dean Romig 07-12-2021 12:44 PM

It’s not uncommon for the right ejector on Repros to break.

I would recommend you test pattern both guns before opening the chokes. You may learn they might do the job nicely on wild birds… unless you’re shooting woodcock in tight cover.


Chris Davis 07-12-2021 01:55 PM

John, Dean - thanks for the responses! Chris

Gary Laudermilch 07-12-2021 03:49 PM

I opened the chokes on my go-to grouse repro and have never regretted it. I am sure Briley could do a good job. An alternative might be to have Briley thin wall choke tubes installed. I have a 20 with them and have no complaints. I have heard that they will not install them in a 28 due to lack of barrel material.

As for the ejectors, your problem is likely the ejector hammer. I've broken two of them. Joe Breda markets a quality replacement. It does require some fitting and that means a smith familiar with Parker ejectors. Sorry I do not have his contact info but he advertises in Parker Pages.

tom tutwiler 07-12-2021 04:24 PM

Not mint then open them up to what fits your needs. I'm guessing your 28 gauge is tight as tight can be, but putting them on paper is always a good thing to do.

Phillip Carr 07-13-2021 08:32 AM

I believe Joe will be posting something shortly on his Ejector hammers.

Dean Romig 07-13-2021 08:43 AM

Or you can shoot Joe Breda a PM from here.


joe breda 07-13-2021 12:39 PM

Joe Breda here.
Yes, I do have a new stock of Ejector Hammers and ready for shipping!
Give me a call. 661-902-1602
Email, call, or text me and I can tell you more about them.

Mike McKinney 07-13-2021 08:39 PM

Joe, Sure would like for you to be a PGCA member, I know you advertise in Parker Pages.

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