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Rifled smokepole to smoothbore scattergun?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by WestKentucky, Aug 4, 2014.

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  1. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Member

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    I have a crusty old 50cal CVA hawken knockoff that shoots it's best groups unaimed and from the hip. It's truly deplorable. I was thinking that it would be very nice to simply ream the barrel out to eliminate the rifling and using the gun as a really nifty squirrel and rabbit getter. How hard would it be and has anybody done this? Should end up somewhere between 28 and 20 ga by my guesstimating.
     
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    Not easy, but not impossible either.

    It would be very similar to drilling out a barrel for a barrel liner.
    Just with a bigger drill bit.

    Here is how you do it.

    http://www.brownells.com/userdocs/learn/Inst-143 Barrel Liner.pdf

    After drilling, the rough drilled bore would have to be polished smooth with flaps of Emory cloth in a slotted dowel rod chucked in a drill.

    rc
     
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    Thanks RC. Thats pretty much what I was expecting but hadn't thought of it as prepping for a re-sleeve. It makes me nervous to consider using a handheld drill but a drill press isn't an option so I may give it a shot. Nothing to lose and a lot of fun to be had trying to gain...I may even gain a useful fun tool.
     
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    Actually a drill press isn't a good workable option anyway.

    You have to back the drill out of the deep hole constantly to clear the chips and re-lube with cutting oil..

    That would be very difficult to do with a drill press.
    Unless you had a really big one with 24" quill travel!

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    I've got a cva bobcat and have thought about doing the same thing. Already got a 54 cal smoothbore and a 12 gauge with a jug choke but smooth bores are a lot of fun
     
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    Mine is now a partial smoothbore. The clutch gave out in my drill so now I wait for funds to buy a new quality drill. The last one did good, it was a high school graduation gift so it lasted 11 years worth of hard used doing everything from framing sheds to mixing margaritas.
     
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