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?