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Rossi .410 barrel compatability question

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Busyhands94, May 8, 2013.

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  1. Busyhands94

    Busyhands94 Member

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    Howdy y'all! :D
    I've got a bit of a project in mind, I want to make a separate barrel for my Rossi .410 single shot in .32 S&W Long. The reason for this is I can't find .22LR anywhere in California, but I've got plenty of .32 Long brass as well as primers and can reload that caliber. The thought of having a nice little "woods gun" puts a big ol' grin on my face too.

    I called Rossi and asked them if they could sell me a .410 barrel, sadly they said they couldn't and the only gun I can get another barrel for is a Rossi Wizard. :banghead: So I'm kinda stuck here.

    My question is if a Rossi Wizzard barrel will fit on my single barrel break open. I'm also wondering if there's a place I can buy a shotgun barrel from. All I want is the underlug and if legal, the chamber. I'm not sure if using the chamber and turning the barrel down to fit it would make the thing a SBS, but I know that the underlug dovetailed into a separate barrel would be fine.

    Any info on this would be appreciated. Like I said, I'm having kind of a hard time with my project here.

    ~Levi
     
  2. 25cschaefer

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    Numrich has 12 and 20 gauge barrels in stock for the single barrel and the same for the wizard.

    Are you planning on lining the bore or cut off the lug and solder it to a 32 barrel? It seems like the cheapest thing to do would (if you have time and skill) be to make your own lug and solder it to a contoured barrel.
     
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    Howdy there. :) I see they don't have a .410 barrel, so it might be a larger frame than the .410 model. Mine is built on an actual .410 frame though and I don't see any logical way a larger gauge barrel could safely be fitted.

    If it's not going to be considered a SBS I was thinking about cutting the barrel off at the chamber, turning my .303 barrel on a lath so it slips into the chamber, then attaching it with either high-strength epoxy or silver solder with pins. Then of course chambering it and fitting the extractor.

    Like I said if that isn't legal I suppose I could cut off the underlug and dovetail it into the barrel then chamber it and fit the extractor. I'm thinking about possibly having a friend beam weld it for me if I go that rout.

    I'm going to order that .303 rifle barrel today, reckon I'll be a bit more inspired to settle on a method for attaching it once I have it! :D

    Levi
     
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    In the future you could invest in a NEF Handi Rifle. The current SB2 models have a barrel program that allow you to purchase spare rifle and shotgun barrels for it. Google H&R 1871 and look for the tab on their web page. However they do not offer the barrel in anything 32 caliber.
     
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    Levi,

    As long as the new rifle barrel is at least 16" long, and the rifle's overall length is at least 26", it is not an NFA-regulated short barreled rifle. I would make the barrel at least 16.5" long, to err on the safe side.

    Note that a shotgun must also have a minimum overall length of at least 26" to not come under the NFA, but the barrel must also be at least 18" long. It doesn't make sense but it's the law.

    BTW, I think your idea of a rifle in .32 S&W Long is a good one. I am thinking about making one myself. I have a good supply of brass, since I bought 500 rounds for my Ruger Single Six in .32 H&R Mag.


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    Howdy Dave, thanks for the info. I'm probably going to use a 25" barrel so length shouldn't be a problem.
    The goal here is to build a nice quiet plinker, something that I can load for. I reckon with some lighter .32 S&W loads you could use this like a giant pellet gun. Of course the .32 Long has quite a bit more room in the case, there's the possibility of loading the rounds closer to .32-20 territory. ;)
     
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    Could you get a Rossi 22 bbl, and mill it out?
     
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    Texan Scott, I did consider that. But admittingly, I don't know a darn thing when it comes to lining barrels. I'd rather just use my lath to turn a nice new one.

    I have decided what I'm going to do. The plan is to try and find an old Rossi single shot shotgun barrel and cut the lug off, then dovetail that onto my barrel after that's turned to the right diameter and chambered. :) Then of course I'll need to modify the ejector to go from the .410 to a .32, but that shouldn't be too hard.
     
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    If I remember correctly, the lugs are soldered/brazed on, it would make it pretty weak have the base of a dovetail being only 3/8" or so of solder.
     
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    Would it be a better option to do two strong dovetails and then have the two pieces brazed together?
     
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