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HKSlinger 10-17-2010 06:02 AM

Shortening a Barrel
 
Hey folks. I was wondering,would it be legal for me to cut a shotgun barrel down to 18 1/2 in. myself,for HD? Or,would it be considered an illegally altered weapon? Thought I'd ask before breaking out the old hacksaw and cold blue. :D

M14sRock 10-17-2010 06:24 AM

Keep it over 18" and you are fine. Shotgun barrel length is measured from the bolt face (when in battery) to the end of the muzzle.

diggsbakes 10-17-2010 06:48 AM

Nothing wrong with doing it yourself (legally), but the quality of product will suffer if you make a bad cut.

If you already made up your mind that you are gonna do it with a hacksaw, make up a jig consisting of a couple 2x4s with the centers cut out in a triangular shape with the outside corners measuring the same as the diameter of the barrel. Clamp them on top of the barrel with your saw in the center of cut line as it sets on the table.

I let a gunsmith do my first one, but he was kind enough to let me watch. Although he had equipment that I don't at home, I could adjust for it.

Also, instead of cold blue, consider polishing the muzzle up real nice. Looks great! :)

Highpower 10-17-2010 12:05 PM

Inquiring minds want to know......

What kind of shotgun are you wanting to cut down?

Jay 10-17-2010 02:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by M14sRock (Post 369538)
Keep it over 18" and you are fine. Shotgun barrel length is measured from the bolt face (when in battery) to the end of the muzzle.

if you use a dowel to measure, be sure the firing pin is not protruding ...and the overall length must be in excess of 26 inches.......

danf_fl 10-17-2010 04:28 PM

How or what are you doing for choke?

HKSlinger 10-17-2010 04:56 PM

Thanks for all the help. 1st,the hacksaw and blue were a joke. I'm thinking band saw. Its an old Remington 1100. And,I guess it will be a full choke. I could always put a poly on if I felt that strongly about it,however,it'll have slugs or buckshot in it. I'm just setting it up for a "bump in the night" gun.

Highpower 10-17-2010 05:52 PM

For home defense you would want a cylinder bore (no choke) anyway. However I could never bring myself to cut down a Remington 1100 personally.
Maverick 88's are way too cheap and plentiful. ;)

Even using band saw is going to leave a rough cut and the muzzle should be faced to an even 90 and de-burred afterward.

CLYMER : SHOTGUN BARREL FACER - World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools

HKSlinger 10-18-2010 03:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Highpower (Post 369683)
For home defense you would want a cylinder bore (no choke) anyway. However I could never bring myself to cut down a Remington 1100 personally.
Maverick 88's are way too cheap and plentiful. ;)

Even using band saw is going to leave a rough cut and the muzzle should be faced to an even 90 and de-burred afterward.

CLYMER : SHOTGUN BARREL FACER - World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools

Your right,I got my chokes mixed up. The shotgun is in rough shape and besides,it once belonged to my d!(k h#^d, ex father in law. He really loved that gun. I'll be sure to let him know how it ended up. :D

Highpower 10-18-2010 03:22 PM

Oh! Well then... why didn't you say that in the first place?
That explains a LOT. :)


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