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Cutting shotgun barrel. Would you?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by 2A2Dend, May 8, 2016.

  1. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    I know it will create a ridge inside the cut. Easily enough, filed away.
    Would you cut a shotgun barrel with a pipe cutter?

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  2. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    I used a band saw on my last one
     
  3. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Yes , I would and have done it.
    Just as you noted , be sure to "dress up" the ridge.
    Andy
     
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  4. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    I have a metal chop saw, hack saw, and a pipe cutter as shown. I figured to use the pipe cutter for the sake of a straight line cut, then a round file or reamer inside to clean it up.
     
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  5. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Thats what I did on the few that I have done.
    Add a bead sight and you are good to go.
    Andy
     
  6. filsonhand

    filsonhand In the Silicon Forest Smooth as a Rhino 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Port a band :cool: or so I've heard :oops::oops:
     
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  7. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Andy.
    I don't think I'll be needing a bead, but may make one from a brass machine screw.
     
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  8. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I would take it real easy and crank the handle in real slow, You can swage the material down quite a bit reducing the ID of the bore significantly. If you do it in very small steps it would minimize it.
     
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  9. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Tried this on a H&R a while back. The metal was too hard. Ended up using an end mill to cut the barrel. Perfectly straight that way.
     
  10. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. I've used the pipe cutters for years. The hardness of the barrel, definitely defines a slow process. Tighten enough to grab hold, square, then a couple revolutions around the barrel. Add 1/4-1/2 turn to cutter, twice around again. Continue until cut.

    All ahead "slow" Matey! ;)
     
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  11. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Alright, I didn't mean to sound patronizing. I can just see someone cranking that sucker down and ending up reducing the bore size by a 1/16"
     
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  12. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    Nah man, I appreciate the awareness shared. It's not plumbing, or electrical conduit.
    I could picture someone cranking it too much. Not good!
     
  13. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I worked with a big swede that would piss off the welders by making the pipe square cranky my it down to get it done faster.:D
    I usually use my little grinder. You can file the inside but the ridge will go away pretty fast thru firing;). I'm guessing you're not doing this for accuracy o_O
     
  14. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    I would favor a metal saw or carbide disc in a fixture to cut it square and clean.
     
  15. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Do it! It kinda adds a hillbilly choke to the end of the barrel! :D
     
  16. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    For a better finish, I use ether a ball hone for break wheel cylinders or a regular two blade hone. Just use a few drops of trany fluid and flush with solvent of your choice!
     
  17. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    End result similar to image
    18.5" barrel
    26" OAL

    I'm still contemplating.

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  18. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    When I whacked off the end of my Winchester 97 barrel I used a new tubing cutter to lightly score the barrel for marking purposes only.
    Then I used a fine tooth hack saw an 1/8" above the line and then finished the rough cut with a new bastard file right down to the line.
    I then used one of those stepped uni bits to lightly chamfer the bore and used the same uni bit with some 400 grit emory cloth to finish it.

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  19. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Don't forget to tape the end of the barrel to keep the rollers from messing up the finish. ;)
     
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  20. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Nicely done!!!
    I've always thought about making a SD gun out of my old 870 but cutting the barrel I wonder where to start measuring, is it where the end of the shell meets the actual barrel (the chamber) or, your thoughts?:confused:
     
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