View Full Version : XavierBreath and everyone else that has cut their SG barrel

May 25, 2005, 11:02 PM
i was just wondering what did you use to cut the barrel?

is the pipe cutter that you have to spin around the barrel(or pipe)?

how do you determine if the barrel is a smooth or not?

how does it work with the buckshots and slugs?

XavierBreath and everyone else i am going to buy a used one. thanks guys
and will get another barrel for bird hunting. very imformative :o

May 26, 2005, 01:43 PM
You're better off using a saw to make the cut.
While you can use a large pipe cutter, it tends to roll the end inward, and it takes a lot of filing to remove the rolled edge.

The best method is to mark the barrel where you want the cut to be.
Use tape wrapped around the barrel, or a small pipe cutter to LIGHTLY score a line around the barrel. Either gives you a cutting guide that's square with the barrel.

Use a fine-tooth hacksaw to make a light cut, then rotate the barrel and make another cut.
Continue rotating and making light cuts, until you have a shallow line cut all the way around the barrel.

Then continue rotating the barrel and making light cuts until the barrel is cut through.

This method keeps the cut square with the barrel, and eliminates having to do a lot of filing to square-up an uneven cut.

Then use a fine cut file to lightly bevel the sharp outer edge of the muzzle.
Use fine sand paper over the ball of your thumb to lightly bevel the inner edge of the muzzle.

Once the barrel is cut, there is NO choke left, and the gun is then a open Cylinder Bore.
The Cylinder Bore shoots slugs and buckshot nicely.
Older so called "riot" guns were Cylinder Bore, but newer guns usually have Improved Cylinder chokes which usually shoot slugs and buckshot a little better.

Of course in cutting a barrel down, you MUST be careful to keep the finished barrel AT LEAST 18" long, and better, make it 18 1/2" to prevent any chance of coming up short.

May 26, 2005, 02:52 PM
Dfariswheel gives good advice.
Some people use a chop saw, others use a hacksaw, and still others, like me, use a pipe cutter. I use a pipe cutter all the way through, and then polish things up with a piece of emery cloth. Once smooth, I finally burnish the muzzle with a large piece of steel, such as a ball peen hammer head. (Burnish, not hit! ;) ) The burnishing is probably not really necessary, but making sure there is not an inside ridge is. Both ways work, the pipecutter just works better for me. Go slowly, and don't try to take to big a bite if you try a pipecutter. That will minimize the inner lip.

It is imperative that you do not cut the barrel to short. Take a wooden dowel, and insert it in the barrel with the SG in battery, empty, bolt forward. Mark the dowel at the end of the barrel. Remove the dowel. Measure the marked distance. This will be the true barrel length. Suppose it's 26 inches...... then you subtract 7.5 inches from the muzzle to achieve a 18.5 inch barrel. Use the dowel to assist measuring. DO NOT GUESS! :eek:

I have found that for my purposes, a sight is not necessary, so I did not resight the Winchester. I just use the end of the barrel itself. A gunsmith can reinstall a bead if you are concerned about the sight though. I've never asked a 'smith how much a barrel cutting would be, but it can't be much if you would like to just have it done.

edited to add: keep an eye on ebay for a bird barrel, and heed the advice regarding magazine capacities for migratory birds... it might actually be cheaper in the long run to buy an old side by side or O&U for the bird hunting..... See how they multiply? :D

May 26, 2005, 07:44 PM
thanks wheel, and xavier

May 26, 2005, 09:18 PM
Oddly enough, I had just been thinking of getting one of those single shots at Walmart and cutting it down. My question is how hard is it on the hacksaw blade to cut the barrel?

May 27, 2005, 01:37 AM
My question is how hard is it on the hacksaw blade to cut the barrel?

It's a buck-fifty for a hacksaw blade.... so... well I think you know what I'm driving at. ;-)

I cut my Mossberg barrel with my Horror Fright $99 bandsaw and faced the muzzle smooth on my Horror Fright $299 lathe, hah hah!

It actually turned out pretty nice!

Blue Heeler
May 27, 2005, 03:07 AM
Cutting Barrels is the work of barbarians.

May 27, 2005, 08:53 AM
Cutting Barrels is the work of barbarians.

May 27, 2005, 01:46 PM
Thanks Xavier, I was wondering how to measure true barrel length, but you beat me to it.

May 28, 2005, 12:03 PM
I always have used the pipe cutter to score a line around the barrel, then used the hack saw to finish the cut.