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Old 01-27-2004, 04:59 AM   #1
 
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Default Legal shotgun barrel length in Ohio?

I recently inherited a Stevens side-by-side when my uncle passed away. He cut the barrel to "make a grouse gun". The barrel now measures 23 1/4" long. Is this barrel length legal in Ohio? Thanks.


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Old 01-27-2004, 06:06 AM   #2
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It is a federal violation for a barrel to be less than 18 in, or at least it used to be when I was in law enforcement...
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Old 01-27-2004, 07:18 AM   #3
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I recently inherited a Stevens side-by-side when my uncle passed away. He cut the barrel to "make a grouse gun". The barrel now measures 23 1/4" long. Is this barrel length legal in Ohio? Thanks. OhioDuckHunter
Well, since 20" slug barrels are pretty universal, I'd say 23" is legal throughout the U.S. ....
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per federal regulation...and I'm using memory here...shotguns must have a minimum length barrel of 18" and rifles 16"

A shotgun with shortened barrels probably won't make much of any kind of gun unless the chokes are restored. I suggest you bite the bullet and install screw in chokes.
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Old 01-27-2004, 05:59 PM   #5
 
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Thank you all for the input. I understand the concept of chakes and realize this gun will not hold any pattern except a complete scatter. I have not decided whether I will have a gunsmith install tubes or not. This is a keepsake for me. As I stated, it belonged to one of my uncles. I just do not want to have an illegal firearm in my home. Thank you all again for your feedback.

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Old 01-27-2004, 06:22 PM   #6
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Federal law is 18" barrel on shotguns. If I remember correctly overall length must be a min. of 26". Rifles must have a 16"bbl. Your 23 1/4"bbls are well within legal limits.
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here in ny it has to be atleast 16 inches
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here in ny it has to be atleast 16 inches

my mistake 16 for rifle 18 for shotgun
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