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Shortening a 36" 12 gauge

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by nwwoodsman, May 10, 2015.

  1. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I have couple of old single shot 12 gauge goose guns. One is a Stevens, other is a H&R. Anyone know if cutting them down to 26" or 28" would have that big of an impact on shot pattern. Likely only be used on grouse and for the wife to keep beside the bed when I am away.
     
  2. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Are they full choke? The pattern may indeed change if the barrel is tapered differently where you cut it.
     
  3. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Cut one down and see what happens.
    Start cutting down the barrel a couple of inches at a time and shoot some patterns as you go.
     
  4. tdb59

    tdb59 OR Active Member

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    The choke is probably in the last 3-4 inches of the barrel on that model.
    Cutting it as you describe will give you a Cylinder bore- no restriction at all.
    Modern 2-3/4 " shells reach peak velocity in 18-20 inches, depending on the load, so cut as will best suit your purposes.
     
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  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You could always add a Cutts Compensator or other after market adjustable choke if you want to spend the money.
     
  6. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Thanks TDB. I think I'll keep 'em as is.