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Old October 13, 2009, 08:30 PM   #1
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Would you cut a barrel down?

The two heirloom shotguns I have are 16g. As far as value, they are worthless. One a Winchester Model 12. 29" barrel, full cylinder bore choke and not a lick of bluing. My grandpa shot many a squirrel and rabbit during the lean times to feed my mom and grandma. The other is an H&R Topper 48. The H&R I simply carry it in the truck for camp varmint. I want a HD shotgun and was wondering if I should leave the Model 12 alone and keep an eye open at the local pawn shop for a 12g or 20g pump. I have hunting 12g and 20g's. Maybe I should try my hand with the Model 12 in the dove field and leave the old hunter intact. What about cutting the H&R down?
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Old October 13, 2009, 08:34 PM   #2
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I'd go get a mossberg 500 with a 18" barrel or find an 18" barrel for one of the 12's you have already and leave the old 16's alone.
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Old October 13, 2009, 08:36 PM   #3
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leave the old guns alone. If you want a HD gun, go buy one...
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Old October 13, 2009, 09:53 PM   #4
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Agreed- leave the M-12 stock. Shoot it, for sure, but leave it stock.
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Old October 13, 2009, 10:13 PM   #5
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Cut the H&R.
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Old October 14, 2009, 11:14 AM   #6
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Read post wrong, woops.
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Old October 14, 2009, 06:08 PM   #7
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Please don't cut the Model 12
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Old October 14, 2009, 07:05 PM   #8
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Don't cut them, go and buy a Mossberg 500, they can be had the way you want. What you have now is family history, don't destroy it by cutting them down.
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Old October 14, 2009, 07:13 PM   #9
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Count me in the don't cut it crowd.

Used or police trade-in guns are plentiful and inexpensive.
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Old October 14, 2009, 07:29 PM   #10
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I won't. I'll stop by the pawn looking for a 500 or 870. I'd leave the barrel alone and buy a short one. It could also serve as a back-up for my Beretta on my trips. Now that I think about it a 500C comes with an HD and a hunting barrel for sub $300.
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Old October 14, 2009, 07:48 PM   #11
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You know the 500C is a 20 ga right?

The letter denotes the gauge with the A being 12, B=16, C=20 and so on......

Edit: read your OP in that you are looking for 12 or 20.
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