length for sawed off??


PDA






poor man
November 20, 2008, 02:40 PM
Hi yall, i was wanting to cut off a old 410 single shot for a snake gun and also to take along when backwoods camping, can somebody tell me what length it has to be to be leagle ? i live in TN is it different from state to state? i dont read real well and have a hard time deciphering some websites descriptions :( thanks for your time..

ps do they go by barrel length or overall length ? thanks again

If you enjoyed reading about "length for sawed off??" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
VirgilCaine
November 20, 2008, 02:52 PM
Both. 26" overall, 18" barrel. 16" barrel and same overall length for rifles. If in doubt, allow more barrel length.

foghornl
November 20, 2008, 03:36 PM
VirgilCaine has the specifications correct. To measure, close the action, empty. Drop in a rod unitll it touches the receiver, mark rod at end of barrel, remove rod and measure.

StrawHat
November 20, 2008, 03:49 PM
Probably a good idea to leave them a bit long in case my tape measure and yours don't read the same.

nalioth
November 20, 2008, 04:53 PM
Probably a good idea to leave them a bit long in case my tape measure and yours don't read the same. Your tape measure doesn't have a 10 year jail term behind it like the one the revenuers have.

MrCleanOK
November 20, 2008, 07:03 PM
Everybody before me has it right, but I'm posting too just emphasize -

CUT IT LONGER THAN 18"

If you shoot for 18.5", you'll never notice the difference, and you'll give yourself some wiggle room if somebody with a badge ever measures your gun for some reason.

Cyborg
November 21, 2008, 02:05 AM
Don't know about Tennessee (BTW, my Granddaddy was born and raised in Picket County) but in Texas the penal code says that it is illegal to own a rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or a shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, or any weapon made from a shotgun or rifle if, as altered, it has an overall length of less than 26 inches.
I'd be REAL generous with my measurement, were I you. A half inch or so isn't worth a stint in one of the state of Tennessee's little resort communities.

BHP FAN
November 21, 2008, 02:27 AM
A twenty inch barrel is just as handy in the woods as an 18'',and gives ''the revenuers'' less excuse to hassle you.

BHP FAN
November 21, 2008, 02:34 AM
By the way,I had a Savage/Stevens .410 with a long barrel,and it was death on snakes,squirrels and jackrabbits.That long barrel kept the shot pattern tight,about the size of a silver dollar at twentyfive yards.No matter what size shot you used it hit in a dense wad.Pretty darn effective.

poor man
November 21, 2008, 10:28 PM
thank you all for the info, the 410 i was wanting to cut off has a crack in the end of the barrel from somebody trying to shoot a slug i think, any way its cracked about 2" up so i wanted to cut it down, 20"barrel sounds good to me it will lay across the 4 wheeler rack in the front just fine :)


Cyborg... im in cumberland county just down the road from picket

Flyboy
November 21, 2008, 11:18 PM
If your barrel is damaged, I'd look at replacing it. The crack may extend further than you think, and may not even be evident on the surface. You have no way of knowing what sort of damage it's sustained, and you're running a pretty serious risk by shooting a damaged barrel.

It's just not worth it.

If you enjoyed reading about "length for sawed off??" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!