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How do you cut off a double barrel ?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Gordon, May 11, 2004.

  1. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    And have a clean , perfect job? What method for squareing the cut? How many teeth per inch on blade? I have a solid rib and solid barrel braces so I won't have any ugly hollows to deal with (hopefully) . How do you clean up the edges and burrs symetrically?
  2. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Take it to a gunsmith

  3. yankytrash

    yankytrash Well-Known Member

    I've used chop boxes with 100% success, using a typical composite metal-cutting blade. Makes a nice square cut if you adjust the fence properly to the barrel taper. Make sure to cut off the barrel a couple inches longer than you want to at first, just to check and make sure you've got the angle right.

    I've cleaned up the cut with a home made jig I made myself. I cut the end off a shovel handle and sanded a short cone shape on one end with a belt sander. Doesn't have to be perfect. I then use the cone-shaped end as a sanding block, wrapping it with 180 grit sandpaper to debur the inside of the barrel. I, of course, finish off the deburring with progressively smaller grits until the job is polished to my satisfaction.

    I debur the outside of the cut by hand with a flat sanding block, using the same technique of progressively smaller grits. Just be careful to keep it square on the outside of of the barrel for aesthetic purposes.

    Only did this to smoothbore single barrel shotgun barrels thusfar, but it was painless and easy. Took all of 15-20 minutes per barrel, not including refinishing/touchup.

    Remember to keep the exposed bare metal treated with oil or cold blue to prevent rust until you get it refinished. Exposed metal rusts quickly.
  4. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Cutting barrels on a double is a job for a smithy who knows how. It's not done with a hack saw and a mitre box. Some double barrels are not joined for their whole length and just hacking them off can bugger them up completely. Nor are ribs always attached over thewhole length. Take it to a smithy.
  5. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    I took it to the local smith, and gave him 2 20s and a 10 and left the 10ga 32" AyA solid rib barrel with him with the following instructions: cut to 20" and put on a white bead (or ivory) as big as a golf ball!:D Thanks for good advice!
  6. yankytrash

    yankytrash Well-Known Member

    Hey, we're talking about wackin off a double barrel. I don't think we're talking about a family heirloom here, are we? Or are we?

    After all, smiths started somewhere...;)

    If it were mine (remember, internet advice and all that...), I'd cut it off. If it fell apart, then maybe I'd go to a smith (in reality, I'd weld it back together because that's the kinda guy I am, but anyway..). After all, the smith would cut it off, then figure out how to reattach the barrels. This way he can give a good finger-wagging. BUT, if it doesn't come apart, and it is indeed attached up the entire length like Gordon thinks, he might've saved himself a few months of waiting to get it back from a smith.

    I'm not trying to take away a smith's business, just the same as Harry Homeowner isn't trying to put me out of business by working on his own house or outbuilding. If someone were to ask me what the best way is to set posts for a deck, or how to frame a roof, I could very easily say, "Get a builder to do it", but I don't think that was the question. Sometimes, you just want to do it yourself, even if it's wrong.

    A question in the "gunsmithing" section of a forum probably wasn't intended to evoke an answer like, "Take it to a smith".
  7. bubbygator

    bubbygator Well-Known Member

    I did it

    to an old Stevens that had the front rusted terribly. It went pretty smoothly - pretty much as others have said. The only reason for doing this is for HD - not greater than about 40 feet. At that distance, you don't really care if the pattern is bit oval or a bit strung-out - all you care is that the pattern is a bit less than body-sized.
  8. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Smiths dont use mitre boxes and cut off broomhandles :)

  9. yankytrash

    yankytrash Well-Known Member

  10. Dave Sample

    Dave Sample member

    Wow! I love this stuff!
  11. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

  12. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Crapazola , Clark, I have THAT tool!:D
  13. Bobster

    Bobster Active Member

    I have a barbeque that looks like that. Has bigger mag wheels , Eaton blower and Flowmasters. Sucker will do a roast beef 5 min to the lb.:D
  14. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    The easy way

    would be to wrap some det-cord around the barrels and insert one end slightly down the muzzle. Fire off one blank and presto... shorter barrels.
  15. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...A question in the "gunsmithing" section of a forum probably wasn't intended to evoke an answer like, "Take it to a smith"..." The question is, Can I do it myself? The answer is NO. No offense, yankytrash, but you don't know whereof you speak. Any shotgun, be it a double or just a single barrel with a rib, requires a smithy who knows how to work with them. Doubles and ribbed shotguns aren't the same as plain barreled pump guns.
  16. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    The smith I took it to made it look factory:D He used a small version of what Clark showed with a fine tooth blade, He cuts rifles too with it. He reamed the inside of barrel with a tool out of a choke modifacation kit.He polished end of barrel on a charged wheel. He installed a big ivory bead-$50. I am happy the barrel ribs were solid and brazed full legth:D after all it is a by golly 10 Ga Magnum! :D

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