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Old 05-27-2019, 12:21 PM
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Default Straightening a shotgun barrel

Weve got a family heirloom Remington model 11. Its supposed to go out to the range in a few weeks. I was just looking it over and it looks like somehow the barrel was bent. Is this something I can repair my self or a local gunsmith can repair?
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Old 05-27-2019, 1:25 PM
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I’d take it to a gunsmith. If it can’t be fixed, you could probably find a replacement barrel for it.

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Old 05-27-2019, 2:31 PM
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Not something I would suggest a DIY garage guy do.

Requires a hydraulic, or good size arbor press, special fixtures for same, and a lot of skill/experience. To do it correctly. Easy to bend a tube. Hard to "unbend" a tube without kinking it.

There are smiths that specialize in shotgun barrels. You can ship to and from without hassle.

Most trap/skeet ranges would be a good place to ask for references.

http://shotgunbarrelsandstocks.com/s...rrel-mechanic/

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Send it to Bob Day:
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You could also look online for a good used one. Might be less than what you are going to pay a gunsmith to repair it.
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A Motorcycle repair shop that can straighten bent fork tubes may be able to help.
Model 11 barrels are easy to remove, if I remember correctly.
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Bob Day R & D Barrels or Simmons.
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Get a replacement price out.
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A Motorcycle repair shop that can straighten bent fork tubes may be able to help.
Model 11 barrels are easy to remove, if I remember correctly.
Beware of the legality of bringing a firearm to a non-FFL for repair.
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Beware of the legality of bringing a firearm to a non-FFL for repair.

Why would you bring an entire "firearm" when all you need to bring is the barrel?
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Why would you bring an entire "firearm" when all you need to bring is the barrel?
Then that's the way to do it.
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Which is why I included; "Model 11 barrels are easy to remove, if I remember correctly"
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Beware of the legality of bringing a firearm to a non-FFL for repair.

Like AR-15 Barrels?

What are you implying?
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Like AR-15 Barrels?

What are you implying?
Your into words too much.

Take off the barrel. Send it in. This IS A JOB FOR A PRO!!
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Replace. Anytime metal is bent and then rebent, it becomes weaker. I wouldn't even have a pro do it.
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IIRC, SupersetCA unbent his 930 barrel by banging it against a block of wood in one of his videos.

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"I took a bunch of folks from my gun club to the Savage factory last year. Savage "trues" all their barrels with a very simple technic. You look through the bore at a white wall. It is amazing how easy it is to see the bend in the bore. Even if it is only a thousandth or two off. I was allowed to try my hand at straightening one. It was quite easy with the overhead press. I was told when they measure a bore with a laser device after this procedure, they were nearly perfect or as close as they could measure."





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The same could be done with less sophisticated equipment; using 2x4 and C-clamps
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"I took a bunch of folks from my gun club to the Savage factory last year. Savage "trues" all their barrels with a very simple technic. You look through the bore at a white wall. It is amazing how easy it is to see the bend in the bore. Even if it is only a thousandth or two off. I was allowed to try my hand at straightening one. It was quite easy with the overhead press. I was told when they measure a bore with a laser device after this procedure, they were nearly perfect or as close as they could measure."

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...-straightening


The same could be done with less sophisticated equipment; using 2x4 and C-clamps
I have straightened AK barrels that people bent while pressing parts on to them.
I set the barrel in V blocks on the hydraulic press and pushed down with a 3rd V block.
It's a suprising amount of spring that you get so you have to push beyond straight and then let it spring back.
You do this in little steps and check your progress often while re-positioning the barrel to keep the bend directly under the press ram.

I don't know that I would attack a shotgun barrel in the same manner though due to how thin they are.
I would probably make up a dedicated set of blocks that matches the nominal outside diameter.
I would also look for ways to support the barrel from the inside so as to reduce the chance of collapsing the wall as the straightening is occurring.
Expanding mandrels seem like a good way to go.

I have heard of expanding mandrels being used to raise dents in shotgun barrels.
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Plug one end, fill barrel with sand, pack it in tight using whatever method you prefer then plug the other end.
It's a way to bend things like thin wall exhaust pipes or copper tubing without collapsing the tube.
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surprisingly shotgun barrels are very strong. like Randal said the best way to attack this is with a good set of blocks. A good set of rollers would help too.

As for keeping barrel from denting or collapsing. if you have a large freezer just fill it with water and freeze. the ice will support the barrel.

I've straightened shotgun barrels with nothing more than a lead bag and a good whack. not for the faint of heart
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Replace. Anytime metal is bent and then rebent, it becomes weaker. I wouldn't even have a pro do it.
obviously a metallurgical genius
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