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Old 07-28-2009, 08:24 PM
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Am wondering where I find out what is the min.length a shotgun barrel has to be. Thanks in advance Bill
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:27 PM
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If your looking at cutting your barrell don't do it. But if your looking for replacement barrel. You can go as short as 18 or 20 inches. I don't remember which one it is.

I know my 870 has a 20 inch barrell on it. I want to say the home defense 12 gauge 870 comes with an 18 inch barrell. You can buy it at Cabelas, or any gun store in Michigan.
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I'm sure that other members here are much more well-versed in firearm regs - however, I seem to recall that a shotgun or rifle must have a barrel with a minimum length of 18" as measured from inside of the bore.
Does this sound correct?
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National Firearms Act:

Short barreled shotguns (SBSs) - this category is defined similarly to SBRs, but the length limit for the barrel is 18" instead of 16", and the barrel must be a smoothbore. The minimum overall length limit remains 26".

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I believe for rifles it is 16 and I am pretty sure shotguns are the same.

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minimum length of 18" as measured from inside of the bore.
Does this sound correct?
It's my understanding that for measuring barrel length a dowel is placed in the barrel with the action closed. If a mark on that dowel at 18" is below flush with the end of the barrel you are in for a long day.
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I believe for rifles it is 16 and I am pretty sure shotguns are the same.

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Rifle minimum is 16", shotgun is 18". Most mfg. barrels are 1/2" over minimum to keep legal. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/docume...s/firearms.pdf
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Just a thought if you plan on using it for hunting or skeet shooting - Expect it to be loud. I had an old Wingmaster 870 12 guage I cut down to 20" or 19". I liked the gun, but got rid of it because of how loud it was when hunting with it. It hurt the ears!
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Not sure what your plan is But , as stated 18" is the min. for shotgun barrel. If looking to do more trimming the shotgun must be over 30" under Michigan law to be a long gun. If it is between 26"--30" it must be registered as a pistol. A good example is the mossberg JIC. (must be registered as a pistol in Michigan.) Another issue that comes into play if under 30" and doing it yourself is you are manufacturing a pistol and thus need to get ATF permits..

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“Pistol” means a loaded or unloaded firearm that is 30 inches or less in length, or a loaded or unloaded firearm that by its construction and appearance conceals it as a firearm.

“Short-barreled shotgun” means a shotgun having 1 or more barrels less than 18 inches in length or a weapon made from a shotgun, whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise, if the weapon as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches.
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Am wondering where I find out what is the min.length a shotgun barrel has to be. Thanks in advance Bill
What is your ultimate goal vis-a-vis this question? Are you just curious about the law or do you want a personal defensive shotgun that is - just barely legal. The more information YOU provide the higher quality of information you will receive in return.

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I have an old single barrel,just today,cut down to 20" showed the wife how use it.It has a new home in my bed room.
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I have an old Hopkins and Allen curly hammer with 18 1/2" barrels. The 2 triggers are close together and if you put 2 fingers in there its easy to screw up and touch off both...OUCH!! 2 loads of duoble 0 buck at 10-20 yds is wicked. Used for home defense only.
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i have a single shot Iver Johnson that is for home defense only. 19" barrel...00 buck
will keep anyone wanting to harm my family at bay until i get to the .38
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i have a single shot Iver Johnson that is for home defense only. 19" barrel...00 buck
will keep anyone wanting to harm my family at bay until i get to the .38

i have a clf that sleeps at the foot of my bed.anyone comes aroumd i have plenty of time to get out the gun..
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If your looking at cutting your barrell don't do it. But if your looking for replacement barrel. You can go as short as 18 or 20 inches. I don't remember which one it is.
What is wrong with cutting one's barrel as long as it is of legal length?
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