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Pipe Cutter for Shortening Barrel?

KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 11,725 ✭✭✭✭
edited August 20 in Ask the Experts

Anyone ever use a pipe cutter to shorten a shotgun barrel? I have a Western Field Model 550CD, (Mossberg 500) 20 ga pump. I want to shorten the barrel to 18.25" removing the attached Variable Choke in the process.

It's a House gun that lives outside the safe. Not expensive, but reliable.

Anyone ever done this?

*Will do some file work to clean up the inside of the barrel.

Extreme NE TN/W NC ya'll. 😁


  • DokeyDokey Member Posts: 941 ✭✭✭

    Using a pipe cutter will leave a ridge on the inside, you're better off using a hacksaw or cutoff wheel

  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 11,725 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks dokie, that was kind of my thought as well.

    Extreme NE TN/W NC ya'll. 😁

  • toad67toad67 Member Posts: 12,958 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 30

    But if you're going to file anyway, it won't make much difference. I'm sure that a sawzall would leave some material inside that would need to be cleaned up any too, and the roll cutters would make a lot nicer, straight cut IMO. Go slow towards the end of the cut, it's the pressure on the cutting wheel that pushes the metal inward.

  • navc130navc130 Member Posts: 1,158 ✭✭✭

    Try the pipe cutter and let us know the results, i.e., how much trouble it was to clean up the inside edge.

  • wolfpackwolfpack Member Posts: 1,062 ✭✭✭

    I have never cut a shotgun barrel but I have used a pipe cutter on galvanized pipe quite a bit and it will leave a small amount of material on the inside but nothing that couldn't be cleaned up easily with a file. It also will probably be a straighter cleaner cut than a hack saw. Also toad gave some good advice on how to make the cut at the end.

  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 11,725 ✭✭✭✭

    Having used pipe cutters before, I pretty much know what it will leave on the inside of the barrel. Nothing that can not be cleaned up w/a half round file. I also thought the use of a pipe cutter would give me a nice, clean cut.

    I appreciate everyone's input. I believe I will try the pipe cutter and file clean up method for this project. I will try and post results.

    Thank's All.

    Extreme NE TN/W NC ya'll. 😁

  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 11,725 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2

    Took 7.25" of barrel off just now. 9.25" if you include the Mossberg 2cm choke on the end. Shotgun is now much more what I need for it's intended use. (18.25" barrel now.)

    The pipe cutter made a very nice, even cut. Not much left inside the barrel to clean up at all. Went slow and gentle with it. Very pleased with the results.

    Going to see if a friend w/a Fabrication shop, can drill & tap the small hole in the tip of the barrel, in order to salvage the nice (screw in) Brass bead.

    I was somewhat surprised at the thickness of the barrel, easily 3/16". It was not easy to cut. (Much higher grade of steel used vs. typical pipes.)

    Appreciate the input.

    *As an aside, my pipe cutter has in it's spine, a very nice high carbon, sharp edge triangular blade (just like a knife blade) that flicks out - in order to clean up the inside edge. It made a nice 45° angle on that inside edge. Cleaned it up very nicely. Will need very little file work. (Which I still plan on doing.)

    Highly recommend this method. (For those interested in doing this.)

    Extreme NE TN/W NC ya'll. 😁

  • OakieOakie Member Posts: 40,488 ✭✭✭✭

    I have used a band saw to cut the barrel on an old Stevens. Came out nice.

  • GeriGeri Member Posts: 2,074 ✭✭✭

    Yes I have. Just clean out the inside of the barrel with a camper tool, and polish.

    Replace the bead on the shortened barre.

  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 11,725 ✭✭✭✭

    Used the same method a couple days ago to take apprx. 10" off a single shot 12ga. (Crescent Red Chieftain.) Stevens. It also now sports a 18.25" barrel. Gonna give it to my Son as a House Gun, that can live outside the safe and be ready at a moments notice. I have a few like it around the house.

    It can now be broken down to two 18.25" sections in a few seconds for a daypack.

    This larger barrel was pretty tough to cut. In fact, it snapped the spine of my pipe cutter on the last go round before taking the barrel off. I live in the perfect part of the Country (see my sig line.) to come across nice old single shots like this. I'm a sucker for them and have a few.

    Extreme NE TN/W NC ya'll. 😁

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