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Old 03-06-2010, 03:03 AM   #1
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I have a Crack shot 26 made by J Stevens which was my Grandfathers slaughter house gun. The bore is in nasty condition and the bullet makes a large ragged hole somewhere in the target when fired. I have a Chooey barrel in good condition that I would like to convert to fit it. My question is; the Chooey barrel is 5 inches longer than the original barrel and I’m concerned about whether there would be a drastic increase in pressure on the rather primitive action. Also the bore in the Chooey seems to be somewhat tighter than the Stevens. I don’t know if the Stevens has a larger bore by design to decrease pressure or if it is because of the condition of the bore. Any input would be appreciated.



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Old 03-06-2010, 07:05 PM   #2
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Are you SURE it's .22 and not .25 rimfire or something of the like? If it's .22, the bore is likely pitted-that would account for the larger bore somewhat but it would REALLY have to be corroded badly to have a larger bore. You CAN salvage it by having your gunsmith install a barrel liner in the original barrel. That way it would look original because you're reusing the outside of the barrel.



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I read your post and scrolled down to advise you to sleeve it. Once again the good old bear has beeten me to it.

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It's definately 22, There is about .0015 difference at the muzzle. It is not a real big deal to upgrade but I wanted to keep the original barrel as is. It is more of a challenge as a machineist friend told me I couldnt do it. Any one that knows me knows that the best way to get me to do something is tell me it cant be done. I've removed the receiver from the Chooey, Cut the turned down chamber off, machined the breach end flat as it is on the crackshot and cut the extractor slot in the bottom of the barrel. I now have to make the extractor and make 1 dovetail in the barrel to accept the attachment nut which I also have to make. Rebore the chamber. Then test fire. If all that goes well I will mnfg front and rear sights to fit the dovetails already in the barrel from Chooey. SHEEEWWW! didn't seem like that much of a project til I typed it.

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Good luck with the project and you better post pictures when you're finished!

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get a bore sleeve form brownells, and the drill, bore out epoxy in place refinish the muzzle most original, but maybe have 2 bbls



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