View Full Version : Cutting barrel down for defense?

June 4, 2002, 01:24 PM
I have a single shot 12 g that currently has a 22" barrel. I was considering having it cut down to 18 1/2" for ease of storage and to increase it's ability to move around with, What will this do to recoil, pattern spread, etc....Can you still fire a slug through an 18 1/2" barrel? Thanks..

June 4, 2002, 01:36 PM
That small difference wont change recoil a bit, even with buckshot or heavy loads. I wouldnt worry about patterning either out to around 25 yrds. Slugs may loose some accuracy at longer ranges..

Dave McC
June 4, 2002, 02:40 PM
A single with a 22" bbl is several inches shorter than a 18 1/2" bbled punp or auto. I doubt you'll pick up much by bobbing it. You will lose the choke and increase blast and flash.

I'd leave it be....

June 4, 2002, 03:15 PM
Agree. Leave it. 22" is pretty handy, especially in a short action gun like you're describing.

June 4, 2002, 05:21 PM
Just threw a few on a bed. With guns of same length of pull.....
22" barreled singles same overall length as
18" pumps.
+/- ΒΌ"

Ergo....like Dave says, leave it alone.

Very difficult to cut em off longer later.


June 5, 2002, 08:19 AM
Leave it as is. A cut-down barrel was what started the whole Randy Weaver/Ruby Ridge (insert description of choice here).

June 5, 2002, 08:24 AM
Very difficult to cut em off longer later.

But I cut it off three times and its still too short!:D