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Posted: 5/4/2004 1:00:51 PM EST
I bought a beat up barrel for my Remington Model 511 (.22 cal), with the express reason to convert it to a smallbore shotgun using the little .22 shotshells. I figure it would make a decent close range starling and gopher buster. Question: Rifling really destroys the rather modest effective range of the shotshells, so what's a good, quick way to make this a smoothbore?

Thanks...
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 1:51:35 PM EST
Not for sure bur a long reamer might do the trick. You'll need a lathe and a long reamer of course. Might be a job for your local machine shop. Thats the only way I can think of doing it.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 2:18:24 AM EST
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[Last Edit: 5/5/2004 5:10:34 AM EST by desertmoon]
It's a good question...there was a modern company or two that were making smoothbore 22's again...but haven't heard anything about them for a while and for the life of me don't remember who it was. Marlin comes to mind...but I could easily be wrong. I, too, thought it was illegal due to either the 1934 GCA or the 1968.

Peter Capstick had a GREAT article back in the 70's about hunting dragonflies with a smoothbore 22 he inherited from the days of old.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 7:13:19 AM EST

Originally Posted By desertmoon:
It's a good question...there was a modern company or two that were making smoothbore 22's again...but haven't heard anything about them for a while and for the life of me don't remember who it was. Marlin comes to mind...but I could easily be wrong. I, too, thought it was illegal due to either the 1934 GCA or the 1968.

Peter Capstick had a GREAT article back in the 70's about hunting dragonflies with a smoothbore 22 he inherited from the days of old.



So if one could dig up a relic .22 smoothbore, would tha tbe legal, or would that have to be registered and all that crap?

I started shooting bugs out of the air with a cheap airsoft pistol last year, but that broke, and I think it would be a hell of a lot of fun with a .22 shotshells heh.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 8:00:11 AM EST
Marlin made a bolt action single shot smooth bore called a "Garden Gun"....my buddy bought one just a few years ago....it was a current product then...maybe 4 years ago.
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 8:29:40 AM EST
It would have to have an 18" barrel, as it would be a shotgun.
Link Posted: 5/6/2004 8:45:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By Mach1:
I bought a beat up barrel for my Remington Model 511 (.22 cal), with the express reason to convert it to a smallbore shotgun using the little .22 shotshells. I figure it would make a decent close range starling and gopher buster. Question: Rifling really destroys the rather modest effective range of the shotshells, so what's a good, quick way to make this a smoothbore?

Thanks...



Now why would you want to do a thing like that? I love my 511-X

J/K
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 8:36:23 PM EST
Shoot a lot of rounds thru it!
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 11:19:00 PM EST
I think MP is right. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but if it met the dimension requirements of a shotgun, why wouldn't it be perfectly legal?
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 4:42:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By FishKepr:
I think MP is right. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but if it met the dimension requirements of a shotgun, why wouldn't it be perfectly legal?



No, you're correct. As long as it meets the shotgun specs (minium 18" barrel, 26" overall length) then it's ok. The various gun companies used to sell factory smoothbore .22Lr guns for pest control, etc. A .22 pistol with a smooth bore (no rifling at all) would be considered a 'short barreled shotgun' though....as long as rifling is present it wouldn't, even if the rifling was worn down to uselessness.
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 8:14:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By TREETOP:
If it can still chamber regular .22lr, I think it could cause some legal problems (since a round fired from a smoothbore is hard to trace).


I didn't realize that traceablitiy was a legal requirement.
How would it be any different than a smoothbore slug barrel?
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 11:29:24 AM EST
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Link Posted: 5/8/2004 10:34:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/8/2004 10:41:05 PM EST by FishKepr]
Hey, there's a guy on Gunbroker and GunsAmerica selling a Remington 572SB. Might be a little pricy though...
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 4:20:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By HK_DUDE:
Marlin made a bolt action single shot smooth bore called a "Garden Gun"....my buddy bought one just a few years ago....it was a current product then...maybe 4 years ago.




THAT'S THE ONE!!!!!
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