I have a late model Winchester 1885 in 270WSM that I like a lot, but it's pretty heavy, 8.5 pounds with no scope and the 28" barrel makes it kind of ungainly. - Not the best handling firearm with that long barrel.
So, I took a hacksaw to it, reducing the barrel to 24". ( Click image to see it larger. )
While I cut, I made Bubba-like Hyuk hyuk noises.
I didn't get it quite square, so I filed on it a bit. Then I used a 11 degree muzzle crowning tool I got from Pacific Tool and Gauge to clean it up, and give it a target crown.
Here it is after cutting, and smoothing up the bit of chatter with 220, then 320 grit wet paper. At one point I got tired of cranking it by hand, and briefly had it hooked up to my electric screwdriver.
Then I cold-blued it. Now, the 1885 is shorter, lighter by about a pound, a lot handier and a bit more accurate. Just before dark, I tried a quick group at 50 yards, and put five rounds into .310" with it from a cold, clean barrel.
This is my first try with a hand-cranked muzzle-crowner. It worked OK. Compared to setting up a lathe it's about the same amount of work. If you don't have a lathe, this is the way to go. Pacific Tool and Gauge makes muzzle crowning tools for all calibers, in a variety of crown styles. - I like the 11 degree target crown, but that's just me.
The tool I got does 25, 270 or 7mm barrels with different pilots for the end of it. - It only comes with one pilot that you can specify though... I ordered all three that work with this tool, just in case.
As you can see from the images above, any Bozo with a hacksaw, a 1/4-3/8 drive adapter, a tap handle and some wet-or-dry paper can do a good job with one of these gadgets. If you have an electric screwdriver, it goes quicker and easier but it's not entirely necessary.
If Winchester would offer these guns with 24" barrels to start with, they'd sell a lot more of them. - It really makes a difference!