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Chopping off Shotgun barrels

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing & Repairs' started by hipshot, Feb 14, 2021.

  1. hipshot

    hipshot Sharpshooter

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    My mind is blank, I am going to chop off a couple of shotgun barrels for home defense, where do you measure from to cut the barrel to 18” ?
     
  2. Sted-E Ed-E

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    You have to measure from the breech face so the best way is to measure a wooden dowel and stick it in the barrel then just make sure it doesn’t stick out!
     
  3. Perplexed

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    Be on the safe side and make the dowel 18 1/2”.
     
  4. Sted-E Ed-E

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    Yea a little wiggle room never hurts!
     
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  5. Sted-E Ed-E

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    Oh and I always use a piece of thread tied to the original bead sight and pulled tight to the receiver to pre Mark where I’m going to drill and tap for a new bead. If you plan to do that make sure you do it before you chop! Good luck
     
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    I'm more safe than that. I measure 18 inchesmfrom the front of the receiver. Call me chicken but some folks government abilities may not include proper tape measuring. Ha ha.
     
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    What I was told by a dealer is that they have an 18" dowel that they drop down the bore. That's why he always cut the barrel off at 18-1/4 inches.
     
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    Have heard recently that the BATFE checks for legal shotgun barrel lengths by closing the action, bolt in battery, dropping a rod down the barrel, marking it, pull it out , tape measure for the required 18” minimum. From the breech face in battery.
     
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    I always just buy a factory barrel to the length i want so to keep the original in case i want to use it for bird hunting down the road, but each his own and i know some of the older guns thats not a option.
     
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    I really like 20-22” barrels over 18-18.5” barrels.
     

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