Originally Posted by Einstein
If you are going to make a sawed off shotgun, do you basically just take a saw and saw off part of the barrel? At what point is the best place to start sawing?
I sawed off an old Meridin 12 gauge double to 22 inches finished length from 32 inches (bulge in the right barrel 10 inches from the muzzle when i bought it) If you use a saw, cut about 1/8 to 1/4 inch or so above your intended length, so you can square the muzzle, and go s - l - o - w when you cut.
Unless you want cylinder choke, take the barrel to the gunsmith and have it threaded for screw in chokes. (I had mine install rifle sights on that old Meridin, since I intended it for slugs and 0000 buck. Was plenty accurate for deer to 75 to 80 or so yards, I lucked out both barrels put a slug in the same hole at 65 yards.)
A couple questions do come to mind though. What brand is your shotgun? How old it it? Replacement/spare barrels are available for Remington, Winchester, Browning, Mossberg, and every other major brand pump or semi auto that has a removable barrel. If one is available for your gun, why not just buy a new barrel the length and choke you want?
While 18 inches is the minimum legal length, I would suggest you keep it at 20 inches or longer. 18's may not stay legal - even though several major makers (Mossberg, Remington, Winchester, Rossi, to name a few) have built them.