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Old October 20, 2008, 08:25 AM   #1
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Pic please, coach vs. pump HD 18.5"

Could someone who own a short double barrel coach gun and a pump shotgun with 18.5" barrel post a pic comparing the 2 side by side? I would like to see how much shorter the coach gun is. Also does anyone know why you can't get a double barrel shotgun from the factory with an 18" barrel? Everyone I've seen has a 20" barrel.
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Old October 20, 2008, 09:01 AM   #2
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I dont have a coach and my short barrel pump is 20", but I would say that the reason for the 20" coach gun barrel is that the receiver is much shorter than a pump giving it a much shorter overall length. My pump gun with the 20" tube on it is only a few inches shorter than my 28" over under, not a huge difference.

Im sure others will come along with pics for you.
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Old October 20, 2008, 07:21 PM   #3
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not sure if there is a difference

in overall length to speak of. Check overall length, 20" barrel vs 18" barrel less receiver. Then of course you have but two shots, and no cool RACKING tune *chuckle* I thought about it but personally I like having more rounds available to me, the idea of firing a around up in the air (depending on the circumstances of course!) appeals to me in a "holds a lot" type gun. I think you'd be well defended with either, I think it depends on what one expects as relates to possible trouble and what one is more comfortable with. I'm sure more in here that are more qualified to answer your question, will. While I opted for a pump action home defense model, I wouldn't feel under powered with a double barrel 12 gauge, unless wide spread looting or riots were in the picture. I do go a lot for simplicity, simplicity of design, simplicity of my choices to operate, so in some respects a double barrel may have an advantage here.
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Old October 21, 2008, 04:13 PM   #4
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Sorry, I don't do pics (I'm TRULY HORRIBLE). I did get out my tape thoughto measure OAL!
  • maverick 88 w/ 20" barrel and pachmayr vindicator= 31"
  • 16ga coach gun w/18.25" barrel=35"
  • ithaca DS police w/18" barrel=39"

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Old October 22, 2008, 05:28 AM   #5
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Thanks. A side by side with 20" barrel is gonna be about 37" and a standard pump with 18" barrel is gonna be about 39". Not much difference. For some reason I was thinking a double barrel coach gun was going to like 8" shorter without receiver/action.
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Old October 22, 2008, 06:09 AM   #6
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dchi, I gotta tell you...the SxS "feels" smaller than the pump!
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Old October 22, 2008, 11:54 AM   #7
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theres always that old hacksaw in the garage for the SxS. but that illegal and irresponsible gun ownership
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Old October 22, 2008, 01:00 PM   #8
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There is nothing illegal or irresponsible about cutting shotgun barrels. If they are over 18" they are generally not regulated.
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Old October 22, 2008, 01:34 PM   #9
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18" barrel or 18" overall?
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Old October 22, 2008, 01:44 PM   #10
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18 inch barrel is legal and can be cut with a hacksaw by anyone who owns both.
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Old October 22, 2008, 09:48 PM   #11
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And that's 18" measured from the face of the closed bolt/breech face. It's best to go a little bit over just for the sake of insurance.

Also, your shotgun still has to be 26" in overall length. It might be possible that cutting the barrels back to 18" might drop the overall length under this, which would be a Bad Thing.
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Old October 23, 2008, 03:37 AM   #12
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Well the coach guns come from the factory with 20" barrels. Im not going to cut off 2" to make it 18". I like having the factory bead on there.
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Old October 23, 2008, 06:59 AM   #13
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I chopped off ~ a foot on my 16ga. When I picked it up for $40 ~ 15 years ago. It had a 30" barrel that had "issues" (someone had tried to solder the left barrel back to the center rib!). I would NOT cut off 2" for a brand new SxS! If you can find one used, I believe that the older Rossi overland coach guns came with 18.5" barrels.
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