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atlas
11-30-2006, 2:54 AM
I have a plinker sort of 22lr rifle with a 20" barrel that I would like to be 16" for whatever reason. I also have a metal lathe. Anyone else done this and what sort of problems might doing this cause? Are barrels hardened enough that typical cutting tools for the lathe would have trouble?

Thanks for any input

Sydwaiz
11-30-2006, 6:23 AM
Barrels are soft and I doubt your .22 barrel is chrome lined so cut away! Even it is chrome lined, it's nothing a carbide bit can't handle. The only problems you'll have is if you don't crown the muzzle properly and leave a huge burr affecting accuracy.

I just bought a DPMS 24" SS bull barrel and whacked 4" off of it as soon as it was delivered. Recessed the crown and everything just like factory.

Aluisious
11-30-2006, 6:57 AM
I recommend you measure it to be just a bit longer than 16 inches, lest you cut it to 15.95 and end up with a worthless barrel.

atlas
11-30-2006, 10:12 AM
Thanks a bunch.

JPglee1
11-30-2006, 10:56 AM
I recommend you measure it to be just a bit longer than 16 inches, lest you cut it to 15.95 and end up with a worthless barrel.


Well if he DID cut it too short he could go back a little further, thread it and put on an A2 flash hider that was silver soldered in place.


A 14.5" barrel with an A2 flash hider would be kool looking and legal.

22LR likes the BBL to be aroun 10-12" long IIRC.



J

bu-bye
11-30-2006, 12:42 PM
Couple months ago NRA's American Rifleman had a write up on just how to do this on a 22 rifle.