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#6496406 - 10/15/16 11:02 AM Cutting off shotgun barrel
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I have been paying a gunsmith to do them for me for years but quail season opens in two weeks and i dont have time to wait on him. I want it cut down to around 22 inches and know i have to cut it on a rib support. Any tips or sugestions before i get started. Its a new browning maxus and a new a5. Thanks

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#6496422 - 10/15/16 11:14 AM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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Use a new hacksaw blade, and a hand saw. Get your wife or kid to hold it for you....
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#6496423 - 10/15/16 11:14 AM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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This is bad advice by the way...
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#6496497 - 10/15/16 12:37 PM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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Are you going to hunt without a front bead?
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#6496536 - 10/15/16 01:20 PM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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Woodsman

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Yes sir. No beads for me. They get in the way

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#6496557 - 10/15/16 01:55 PM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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Hacksaw, then smooth, even and square with a file, then de-burr with a light touch of a small file around the outside, a sharp knife around the inside. Then there is the cold blue option to consider.

A drop or so of oil and you are all done.

The way that I do it is a bit more elaborate and requires special tools - but this method will get you by.

When you have time, a gunsmith can pretty it up for you, especially if you cut it 1/16" or so too long - so that he has a little bit of metal to work with.


Edited by charlesb (10/15/16 01:59 PM)
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#6496559 - 10/15/16 01:58 PM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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Rose action sports does quick shotgun barrel work. They can cut it down and thread for chokes for $75. Last few I had done were 1 week turnaround
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#6497047 - 10/15/16 07:55 PM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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No issue hunting with no choke? I'd imagine cylinder bore could be a little unpredictable.
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#6497305 - 10/16/16 12:31 AM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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When I have hunted quail, ranges have been short and time to react has been minimal at best. That is at least half the fun of it, the other half coming later on when it is time to eat.

The gentleman doesn't care about the bead for example, because it is strictly a point and shoot proposition. Right up close. Shotgunning in its purest form. Using a choke will only insure that you either miss - or tear up the bird if you hit.

The terrain might have something to do with that... Where I have hunted quail, they can ghost off into the brush pretty danged quick.

It is more exciting and fun than dove hunting, in my opinion. - But that's just me.
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#6497415 - 10/16/16 08:11 AM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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"Using a choke will only insure that you either miss - or tear up the bird if you hit."

That's ridiculous, Charles. I can't believe a 'gunsmith' would make such a statement. P_102
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#6497460 - 10/16/16 09:02 AM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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Add it to the list.
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#6497542 - 10/16/16 10:08 AM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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You better do a little research on how shortening the barrel will affect how it cycles, especially lighter loads like are normally used for quail. I knew a fellow who cut a barrel off to 22" and the gun would not cycle reliably while it had never given a problem with 26" factory barrel. He had to send the gun to a place that could open up the gas ports and it helped a lot but it would still not handle 3 dram loads 100% of the time. He sent the gun to a place in Batesville, AR that specialized in shotgun barrel work to get the problem corrected. That might not be an issue with your gun but worth looking into before rather than after.

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#6497765 - 10/16/16 01:45 PM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: P_102]
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Originally Posted By: P_102
"Using a choke will only insure that you either miss - or tear up the bird if you hit."

That's ridiculous, Charles. I can't believe a 'gunsmith' would make such a statement. P_102


My wife nailed one at close range with a modified choke, and all we got was a nice cloud of feathers. The bird was ruined.

Sorry, but your opinion does not hold up in the face of observed fact.

With a choked shotgun, your best bet is to hope that you catch the bird with the edge of the pattern. The tighter the choke, the more strongly this applies.


Edited by charlesb (10/16/16 02:06 PM)
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#6497810 - 10/16/16 02:38 PM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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That would be correct with Modified, but your statement was "a choke" and then "a choked shotgun". It is simply wrong to include all chokes in your statement. P_102

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#6497835 - 10/16/16 03:02 PM Re: Cutting off shotgun barrel [Re: coyotehunters]
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Could be a cylinder choke. That would mess up your theory.
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