cutting the barrel?
Would you create functional problems if you cut a 28" Remington/Browning auto barrel to 18 1/2"?
I found a nice older Remington auto (Looks like a Browning auto). It's got partial engraving and some pretty nice wood (needs refinishing) but it would make a really nice H/D gun.
It's only $399 and sitting in the back of the rack at my local gun shop. Probablly noone has even looked at it for a decade! Just one of those old 2 3/4" guns that gets overlooked because it's not flashy or got plastic stocks.
If chopping the barrel would cause malfunctions it wouldn't be worth a dime to me.