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Old December 13, 2002, 03:55 PM   #1
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Trimming a barrel down

Is it legal to cut a shotgun barrel down? If so, whats the accepted length and how is it measured?
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Old December 13, 2002, 07:37 PM   #2
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Yes, it's legal, provided that the barrel is not less than 18" in length. (I normally advise going for 18½", so as to leave room for error if the crown is damaged and the barrel needs to be re-crowned.) One normally measures barrel length to include the chamber. Close the action, drop a wooden dowel down the barrel, and make a mark on the dowel at the end of the barrel. Withdraw the dowel, measure the distance between the "breech end" of the dowel and your end-of-barrel mark, and the result is the length of the barrel.
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Old December 13, 2002, 08:11 PM   #3
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Thanks. I was thinking 20" would be a good length. My 1300 is primarily a hunting gun, but the 28" barrell is in good condition and unweildy for home use. I was thinking about picking up a used cheap beatup barrel and whacking it down, primarily for home use (backup to my handgun, and barricade weapon)
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Old December 13, 2002, 10:34 PM   #4
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Ask Randy Weaver, he may have an opinion or two on this particular question. I'd go 18 1/2" as the Preacherman has suggested but be aware of the "Overall length" rule, (which when violated can get you shot by the alphabets) I believe that may be 26 1/2" but please check it out.
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Old December 14, 2002, 12:39 AM   #5
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By the book.
Minimum barrel length 18"
Minimum overall length 26"

Either dimension under those and it must be registered as an AOW.

As above stated, be safe and cut a little long.

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