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Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by LaineC, Mar 20, 2012.
What's the best way to cut a shotgun barrel down?
I would research that thoroughly before doing anything. There are laws as to how short a shotgun barrel can be.
Here's a previous thread on the same subject. Read it!!
Also just a heads up, not only is that going to give a wider spread, but it's going to give you a louder pop when you pull the trigger.
Do it wrong and your pattern will go to crap.
my question is for what purpose? why would you want to make the barrel shorter? if it has a screw in choke, you will lose that, if not, all the choking is done in the last 2-3 inches of the muzzle, you would lose that. if the shotgun were old enough, it could lose value due to cutting the barrel. and as WOC said there is a legal limit to how short a barrel can be cut down to. go below this, and there could be some very intense agents giving you a visit.
I guess you mean to shorten.........If you don't have the tools and the know how let someone that does do the job. e.g. gun smith and keep it legal.........Oh by the by don't attempt to shoot mag. loads after you cut the barrel.... It might go boom in your face......
Sawing off a shotgun barrel is easy. Measure twice cut once, with a tight, stiff hacksaw with new blade, make sure to cut straight across, not at a angle. I suggest cut a lil longer than minimal length legal.
Now, make sure you really want to do this, as it will surely ruin the value. If it is a older, classic shotty,, I wouldn't do it.
18 inches is the minimum length round here,, check local laws as mentioned above, mismeasure and you can end up with a felony, and loose all current and future guns.... be careful.
I have a Remington 870 that I sawed off to 18 1/4", and she works fine, kicks alil harder now but that was expected.
One more thing the end where you cut the barrel will be more susceptible to rust/corrosion so be sure to take some fine sandpaper and sand edge every no and then, oil accordingly. ..
Why would one want to cut a barrel on a shotgun?
A lot of guys I know take old interarm shot guns (about $50 at your local pawn shop) and cut them down to 20". They use it as their home defense weapon. You don't have to worry about aiming in the dark with those.
If you have a pipe cutter you can put it on your shotgun barrel at the desired length tighten it slightly on the barrel but do not crank it down, go around the barrel a few times then remove it, you will have a line all the way around the barrel to use to keep you cutting even and straight. Do not try to cut the barrel off with the pipe cutter as the barrel will end up slightly deformed on the end only use this for marking purposes.
That sounds like a pretty good tip. Don't think I would have thought of that one.
The BEST way is to hand it to your gunsmith, who will likely chuck it in his lathe, and cut it with the lathe.
DIY, use the pipecutter trick to mark, use a fine toothed tight hacksaw (assuming you do not have a power hacksaw) and use a square to keep your cut square. You should recrown muzzle.
Man was absolutely correct- using a rotary pipecutter to sever barrel is BAD idea. To mark- OK. To cut off- no.
I was just curious, I know people shorten their barrels for home defense guns, I just wondered what's was the best way!
the best way is to buy another barrel or a shotgun that already has a barrel in the length you want from the factory. second best way is to take it to a gunsmith and have it done correctly. i have done a couple in the past, but age and wisdom have taught me to leave such things alone and to buy what i need or want instead or buy the proper tools and equipment and do a job correctly, or outsource it to someone who does. if you don't possess the proper tools and experiance, it will look like crap and decrease the value by a large margin. i look for home brewed crap done by so called "gunsmiths" to fix up and return them to their original state. many times they can be bought very cheap.
DO NOT use a saw-zaw! It will cause too much heat and the barrel will splinter. Now, you won't notice these little "cracks" but when you shoot it its gonna look like Elmer Fuds gun after Bugs stuck his finger in it.
If your gonna DIY put it in a pipe vice, mark it with a pipe cutter, use a new hack saw with a fine tooth blade to cut, and recrown it.
I've done this a few times, and if you do it correctly it will look almost factory made.
The best way to do it is to take to a gunsmith who has proper tool, hands down. A gunsmith can even tap it for choke tubes or reorient and refinish the end of the barrel all of which help you retain the guns value. If you are going to DIY whether for hobby or lack of funds research your projects, have the right tools for the job, stay in your experience comfort zone and take your time. Do realize if you make a mistake and don't take a chance if you think you've done something that might make the firearm unsafe. If there is any question of the safety of the gun have it checked by a pro with the proper equipment to test/check it out.