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November 19, 2001, 08:13 PM
Can you just hacksaw one of these suckers?
Square, of course, and clean, but is there more to it?

James K
November 19, 2001, 08:35 PM
There is not much more to it (as long as the remaining barrel(s) are at least 18"). If the gun is a double, you may find that the ribs come loose, but they are easily soldered back and the hole can be plugged the same way if you want, or with some steel filler. If the barrel is single and ribbed, make the cut in front of a rib support.

You will likely want to file the ends of the barrels smooth and even and maybe use some emery cloth to round the ends.

Of course, you lose any choke that was in the tubes.


November 21, 2001, 12:49 PM
If the shotgun is a sinble tube without a top rib, try a clamp type pipe cutter. A time back I did this on a 24" Mossberg and cut it down to a 19". The was clean and only need a couple of swipes with emery paper to clean up some fuzz. Don't use too much pressure or you'll distort the metal and leave a ridge thatneeds to be filed out.

If you must use a hacksaw, use the finest teeth you can for a cleaner cut.

November 26, 2001, 12:24 AM
A pipe cutter!
Why didn't I think of that?
This'll be easy.

Thanks SAW!

November 29, 2001, 06:09 PM
Don't you change the barrel choke when you cut it? I had my bird gun cut from 28" to 26" a few years ago, but I had the smith thread the barrel for screw-in chokes. if you just cut it, your pattern will change drastically and you might not hit what you are aiming at.

Keith J
November 29, 2001, 06:40 PM
Yes, you remove the choke. If you used the pipe cutter, you will get a new choke if you feed it too fast :). Ream it out to your desired pattern with a cordless drill and a brake cylinder hone.

James K
November 29, 2001, 09:37 PM
Putting in a "jug choke" is basically doing that, but not as simple or easy as it may sound. If you want a choke in a sawed-off shotgun (not a common desire), get the right tools from Brownell.