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I'm lazy question. Cutting down to 18"

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Elvishead, Sep 2, 2008.

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  1. Elvishead

    Elvishead Member

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    I know it is, or was illegal to make a short sawed off shotgun.

    Without doing a search and keeping it easy. I can get a good deal on a 28" barreled 12ga.

    I want a 18". Is it legal to grind off 10"s. I'm in Las Vegas, NV. I know 18" is the legal limit, I think.
     
  2. MAX100

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    It 's legal. I would go 18.5" so you will have room for errors. If the muzzle is ever damaged there would be 1/2" to work with.

    On shotguns that can accept tube extensions that extra 1/2" can allow 7+1 capacity without the tube ext extending past the muzzle.


    GC
     
  3. stiletto raggio

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    Just maks sure you measure ATF style, fron the front of the closed bolt. I have done it several times. Too easy. If it is an auto, though, you may have to adjust teh gas system, which is very complicated. what kind of gun is it?
     
  4. highorder

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    measure twice, cut once.

    "shoot" for 18.5" :)
     
  5. Fred Fuller

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    You failed to mention what sort of shotgun this soon-to-be abbreviated barrel is on, other than 28" 12 ga. Care to enlighten us? It might make a difference, f'rinstance if it's a gas gun. Or something priceless.

    lpl
     
  6. wdlsguy

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    I suggest buying a factory 18" barrel and selling the 28" barrel, if you have no use for it.
     
  7. Norinco982lover

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    you could just buy a norinco 982 :) 6+1 capacity and they are fairly shortbarreled.
     
  8. Elvishead

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    Thanks for the info, it's a Mossberg 500 pump.

    I was considering a Norinco, I heard they make decent quality guns.
     
  9. Jaenak

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    I have a Mossberg 500 pump. I'd highly recommend just buying a 18" barrel. I do know that in several states it is currently illegal (like you said) to grind off any length from a barrel of any length.
     
  10. macadore

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    I have often wondered about this procedure. If you cut the barrel off above the forcing cone, with a pipe cutter, can it cause an erratic pattern?
     
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    I'm not aware of any state that regulates this over the federal law - am I missing something ? As long as the barrel cut remains at least 18" long from the rear of the chamber to the muzzle, cutting off the access over that 18" is legal as far as I know in every state.


    The forcing cone is just foward the chamber (within the rear 4 inchs of the barrel) so if you cut any portion of the barrel off it will be above the forcing cone. This does not make it erratic unless your cut is perhaps very crooked. It does however in most cases remove the choke ,making the barrel into a straight cylinder bore. This would then open the pattern up sooner without any choke restriction.
     
  12. macadore

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    Thanks mnrivrat. I was clearly confused.
     
  13. ReloaderFred

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    There are two measurements that have to be noted. One is the barrel length, which must be at least 18", and the second is the overall length of the firearm, from buttplate to muzzle, which must be at least 26". If you're going to put a pistol grip stock in place of the regular stock, it still must measure 26" in length.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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