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Cut the H&R 12ga to 18.5" and made a halo sight...

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Macchina, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Macchina

    Macchina Member

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    I started a thread a bit ago about cutting down the H&R my Dad gave me. It's not a sentimental gun, he didn't like it and I was going to buy one... It originally had a rough "V" filed into the receiver in the incorrect position and the barrel was quite bent :what: It patterned like this at 14 yards (just 8 BBs in the 8" circle at 25 yards).

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    I have access to a Bridgeport mill where I work (I am now an engineer, but worked my way up through the shop while I went to school), so I decided to chop the barrel and possibly send it in to H&R for a new barrel fitting if this is too loud for me. The muzzle was milled at 18.500" (+/- .001") and deeply chamfered. I put a new "bead" on it at 18.25", a stainless 4-40 socket head cap screw that I can easily switch out for something taller/shorter to "sight" it in. If I need to change the POA left/right, I can remove still another 1/4" from the barrel and reinstall a new bead. The homemade halo sight is made from a piece of 3/8" x 3/8" steel, it has a .168" hole in it. I patterned it after the XS sight I have on my 1894, but with a thicker ring for a quicker pickup. The rear sight is installed into the receiver by way of a precision cut 3/8" wide groove and a 6-32 flat head cap screw. I fit the wood a bit better and refinished it. My last part of this project is to find a 1" recoil pad I can fit to the stock.

    I did the halo sight just for the fun of (I wanted to remove the filed V in the receiver because it was incorrect and bothered me). The location of the sight is based loosely on how the gun patterned above. I did not expect the gun to point as naturally as it does, it mounts like a dream. I have no intention of using this gun for anything long range, the only use that halo may get is buckshot or slugs, but of course that depends on if I can get it sighted in. The slugs will have to wait until I get that buttpad and some weight in the stock.

    The gun may be ugly and out-of-proportion, but I had a blast modding it. All the metalwork took me hours, including a bit of "getting back in the swing" at the knee mill.

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  2. Chevelle SS

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    That looks pretty awesome!
     
  3. gp911

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    I like what you did there, looks like a fun project.
     
  4. Macchina

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    Here's one sighting down the barrel. I thought about making a nice thin halo ring, but I wanted something rugged and the thicker ring picks up so much faster than the thinner ones. I don't think it takes up too much of the sight picture (because it is no where near my focus point and my other eye adds what the ring takes away).

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  5. Fryerpower

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    I've always had a soft spot for those single shot H&R shotguns.

    Jim
     
  6. huntsman

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    how did you measure your barrel?
     
  7. a-sheepdog

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    I like what you did with it, it looks great. You might look into a coating and if you like to do it yourself, Brownells alumahyde is inexpensive, easy to work with and is fairly durable.
     
  8. Macchina

    Macchina Member

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    I used an edge finder and the mill's DRO which is extremely accurate, Then I triple checked with a tape measure (see my tag-line)
     
  9. crazyjennyblack

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    You know I had my doubts when I read your other thread, but looking at your final result that thing looks really good! Congrats!
     
  10. glove

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    Nice job.:cool:
     
  11. 303tom

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    I Like It, Good Job.................
     
  12. RaceM

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    That looks great! Might have to go buy one & do something similar.
     
  13. rodinal220

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    The recoil on these can be stout for many,even before cutting the barrel. Since many buy these due to low cost,adding a simple inexpensive recoil pad can help tame the recoil. I use the Pachmayr slip on deceleration pad, the small size fits well.

    http://www.pachmayr.com/home/deceleraton-slip.php

    Nice job on the smiffin work!!
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  14. Macchina

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    I purchased the Remington Supercell (for wood stocks) recoil pad that is supposed to be a pretty close to drop-in fit for most wood stocked H&Rs. Ironically most reviews say it DOESN'T fit the Remington gun it was made for...
     

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