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length for sawed off??

Discussion in 'Legal' started by poor man, Nov 20, 2008.

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  1. poor man

    poor man Member

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    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
     
  2. VirgilCaine

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    Both. 26" overall, 18" barrel. 16" barrel and same overall length for rifles. If in doubt, allow more barrel length.
     
  3. foghornl

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    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.
     
  4. StrawHat

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    Probably a good idea to leave them a bit long in case my tape measure and yours don't read the same.
     
  5. nalioth

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    Your tape measure doesn't have a 10 year jail term behind it like the one the revenuers have.
     
  6. MrCleanOK

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    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.
     
  7. Cyborg

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    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
    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.
     
  8. BHP FAN

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    A twenty inch barrel is just as handy in the woods as an 18'',and gives ''the revenuers'' less excuse to hassle you.
     
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    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.
     
  10. poor man

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    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
     
  11. Flyboy

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    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.
     
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