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Old August 13, 2007, 09:46 AM   #1
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Advice on converting SxS to Lupara/Where I live it's legal.

I am looking for expert advice on converting a coach gun to a Lupara, shortening stock and barrels. I live in Costa Rica where there are no legal restrictions on the length of shotguns. I want an intimidating, powerful weapon small enough to carry and use in a car. It may have to be used by women. With that in mind I'm considering converting a .410 instead of a 12 gauge. Any advice?
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Old August 13, 2007, 09:52 AM   #2
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How about a 20 gauge? The recoil is less and you would have a choice between standard loads and 3" Magnum, plus a more effective shot charge.

IMHO, the .410 is too light and it has little in the way of intimidation effect.

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Old August 13, 2007, 04:59 PM   #3
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consider the .410 has only 3 000 buck in a load. you might consider a 16 or a 20 ga.
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Old August 13, 2007, 05:25 PM   #4
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I think the buckshot load for the .410 is 5 000 pellets, but even so, for short range I would think along the lines of No 4 shot in a 20 gauge. Believe me, anyone hit in the head or chest with that load at under five feet will immediately cease being a danger to anyone.

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Old August 13, 2007, 11:54 PM   #5
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why dont you try a 16 gauge? i think a 20 is pretty small even for a woman (if she is used to it) and you should be able to get 16 gauge ammo there pretty easy. By the way you can always get 410 slug ammo.
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Old August 15, 2007, 08:29 PM   #6
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Don't shorten it TOO much.

The classic, Sicilian-style Lupara, doesn't usually have extremely short barrels. Those I've seen illustrated seem to have 22 to 24-inch barrels. Even so, the very short action of the double gun is still much shorter than a pump or autoloader of similar barrel length.

I keep thinking I'll one day make up my own variant - - 20" barrels, sling swivels, and some low mount sights so I can shoot slugs accurately, from at least ONE barrel.

Of course, if concealability is a factor, then perhaps very short tubes might be indicated.

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Old August 24, 2007, 11:29 AM   #7
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I am looking for expert advice on converting a coach gun to a Lupara, shortening stock and barrels
Here is a special tool for getting the ends of the shortened barrels squared off properly:

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/sto...N+BARREL+FACER
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Old September 6, 2007, 04:35 AM   #8
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The 16 ga kicks almost as hard as a 12 ga. IMHO.
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