Chopping up a shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by aandabooks, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

    1,598
    0
    0
    FIL gave me a shotgun he picked up on a Black Friday sale several years ago at Dunham's for just under $100. He has never liked it and I have never shot it. It is a Chinese knockoff of an Ithaca 37. Has a screw-in choke and the barrel says not to shoot steel out of it.

    I don't need it but he insisted that I take it. I was thinking about chopping it up and turning it into a short barrel pistol grip pump. Anything I would do to it would stay on the legal side. Would I be ok to cut down the barrel with it saying lead only and losing the choke? Would the barrel be likely to split?

    Or, should I take it to my LGS and use it as trade fodder towards my next gun that I want?
     
  2. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

    1,931
    0
    0
    As long as you keep the barrel at a legal length you should be okay. I'm not sure about Illinois gun laws, but I'm from California so our laws should be similar.

    As far as I know pistol grip shotguns are legal in IL.
     

  3. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

    1,931
    0
    0
    So I found out that the overall length of the gun must be 26" and the barrel length must be 18". The pistol grip should be fine. I would double check me though, just be sure.
     
  4. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Member

    851
    2
    18
    Think long and hard before you cut the stock to a pistol grip. You can't put it back. If you cut the stock, you will have to deal with the stock bolt-which will be too long for the pg, and will have to be shortened and rethreaded. Then, you will have a large hole in the grip.
    The barrel will be fine with lead shot.
     
  5. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

    9,782
    252
    83
    I would keep the stock too. I've never shot a pistol grip, but people that have say it isn't too pleasant. The stock with the short barrel would be almost carbine like, imho.
     
  6. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

    5,359
    574
    113
    I put a pistol grip on my HD shotgun. It did not stay on there very long before I replaced the wood. The recoil of a shotgun begs for a shoulder to rest it on. I found that the trade in size was not worth the lack of ability to aim.
     
  7. Underdog

    Underdog Member

    74
    0
    6
    I would use it towards a trade for something you do want. A PGO shotgun is fun for all of 5 minutes, it will hurt you. They are cool to look at but no fun to shoot.
     
  8. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

    6,932
    0
    0
    Trade it in-
    Even a cheepo full shotgun is better than a cut up POS :eek:
     
  9. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    8,409
    1
    0
    Please don't bubba another gun for us to wade through at the hock shop.

    Those cut-downs all look great in the movies, but the recoil is punishing,

    and, in the end, you pretty much have a useless gun.
     
  10. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

    4,280
    46
    48
    The guys above have sound advise. If you cut the barrel and dress it up nice, it will not effect trade-in value. Most(even in gun shop) would not know it was cut(or care as short barreled shotguns sell good).
     
  11. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

    3,617
    0
    0
    Trade it in at the next gun buyback, laugh at the leftwing antigun idiots, make a profit, and get the Chinese POS off the market. Win-win-win.
     
  12. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

    1,598
    0
    0
    Not a bad idea. I'm not near a big city where these things happen.
     
  13. gvw3

    gvw3 New Member

    152
    0
    0
    Use it for your next trade. It may be a 1st gun for some kid starting out if you do that.
     
  14. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

    3,617
    0
    0
    Oh come on -- it'll pay for the room for the first night outside The Loop. Go take in a coupla blues clubs courtesy Rahm Immanuel and his party -- you're gonna pay for it anyway.
     
  15. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

    1,598
    0
    0
    I refuse to spend a penny inside Cook County. I may live in Illinois but I refuse to support the stupidity that takes place in Chicago with any of my money.
     
  16. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

    6,932
    0
    0
    Well, if you feel that strongly all i can say ---
    Stick to your guns my friend;)
     
  17. jb8815

    jb8815 New Member

    25
    0
    0
    ...


    I have an old wichester ranger model 150 that has a cut pistol grip handle and the recoil is nothing. I can honestly shoot it one handed (not safe I know) and it dont kick hard. I had a 870 with a tactical pistol grip from Cabelas that feels like a true pistol and I loved it.
     
  18. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

    16,574
    674
    113
    Shortening the barrel is a good mod. But have a gunsmith do it. and leave the stock as is.
     
  19. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

    6,366
    34
    48
    the idea of enjoying a cheap gun is not to put money into it. once you sink money in it, youll want to take care of it.
    leave it as it is and beat the daylights out of it having fun.
     
  20. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

    6,624
    1
    0
    To have the barrel cut off and recrowned would cost more than the gun is worth. I would trade it or use it for a truck/barn gun. I would like to find a throw away pump like that to leave in my barn. Every time we get a chicken killing critter hanging around I end up killing it with one of the luckiest pistol shots I have ever seen. I couldn't duplicate the shot with a case of ammo.