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Modifying a shotgun barrel

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by jrprich, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    I have a Remington 870 Black Matte 26" barrel with vent rib and removable choke.
    What I need is an 18.5-20" barrel...so I guess I will be either swapping it or cutting about 6" off.
    Does anyone have suggestions on ways to shorten a shotgun barrel?
     
  2. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I'd recommend swapping the barrel. It's pretty easy to do on the 870. If you wait a while they occasionally show up here but most online retailers carry them.
     
  3. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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  4. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    I know there are lots of replacement barrels available but most all are well over $100 and I want to spend that Ben Franklin elsewhere. Plus I kind of like the look of the rib on a HD weapon. I also wonder how much resale value is there for my new Remington 870 Black Matte 26" barrel with vent rib and removable choke.
     
  5. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    It can also be shortened and re-threaded to accept choke tubes.
    Unfortunately, that's usually a Benjamin or so also.

    For the time being, you can shorten it yourself with a good hacksaw, and square it up and dress it off with a file and some fine sandpaper. I would make sure you leave it long enough to have a competent gunsmith enough to trim it off and thread it for the choke tubes if that is your eventual goal.

    Oh, and don't end up in a Ruby Ridge situation. Be certain that when you're done its over 18" by a healthy amount.
     
  6. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    I don't think I will need a choke in a HD gun. As to your advice on length, from what point on the barrel is the measurement taken?
     
  7. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Leave it a shade over 18.5" to be safe. I like the look of the rib ending about 1/2" shy of the end of the barrel. I've shortened several like this. They work just fine. Just a simple cylinder choke. Enough meat to have it re-threaded for chokes if that's your thing.
     
  9. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    From the bolt face on a closed bolt/locked action.
     
  10. mosinguy1

    mosinguy1 out by the ocean Active Member

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    When cutting shotgun barrels I use a dow rod and slide it in the barrel with bolt closed, mark the end of the barrel on the rod. Then I measure the rod to the new length and tape it to the barrel and use a square toline up the original end of barrel length and to score my cut line, at 18.25 to 18.5 inches. The cut most likely will fall in between the rib supports so you will need to make 2 cuts, 1 through the barrel and rib the 2nd thru the piece of rib closet to the support.
    I then use sand paper to clean it up and some cold blue to finish it off.

    Hope that helps
     
  11. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well unless your willing to have a pretty stupid looking section of rib jutting out at the muzzle end of the barrel you will have to use the rib stand offs as what determins the lenght of your barrel on the two 870 barrels I have here (1 Wingmaster 1 Express) the rib stand offs are spaced to allow either a 18.75" or 20.75" approx. barrel lenght.
     
  12. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Thanks again to all for the advice.
     
  13. mosinguy1

    mosinguy1 out by the ocean Active Member

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    note second cut Im sorry my off the top of my head measurements were a lil off. When you make the 2nd cut it moves the end of the rib back exposinf approx 1/2 in, which leaves enough to be threaded for muzzle break or what have ya
     
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  14. BEN LILLY

    BEN LILLY Lincoln City, OR NRA LIFE MEMBER Bronze Supporter

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    I had a barrel cut off at a local welding and general Metal shop. They had a nice power hack saw that cut a perfect 90 degree angle. I pulled up on my motorcycle. An old guy with old fashioned welding goggles on his head asked me what I needed. I asked if he could cut about 4 inches off my 12 ga barrel. He looked me up and down, grabbed the barrel, and without a word started clamping it into the power saw. Go grab a beer, it'll be ready in an hour or so.
    Well, when I got back to pick up my barrel, it look as if it had just come from the factory. He even installed a stainless steel bead front site. I asked how much? We don't charge bikers for the small stuff. Have a nice day....
     
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