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Old 07-06-2017, 03:50 PM
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Hi everyone. I was wondering if any of you have cut down and recrowned the factory 21" tapered barrel.

I have 2 reasons to do it.

1. I shoot tactical matches where I have to regularly shove the barrel into ports in barricades and through windows. Cutting it down to 18" will help with handling. My 18.5" Ruger 10/22 is much easier to maneuver in these instances.

2. Then the rifle will fit in my double AR range bag. I bring the Savage and the 10/22 to the matches every time but the last couple inches of the Savage buttstock sticks out of thit bag. (Not a big deal but still a small issue).

So if you have done this, did accuracy change? Better? Worse? No difference?

Thanks all.
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Old 07-06-2017, 05:34 PM
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It's impossible to say with certainty how the accuracy of your particular rifle will be affected by cutting down the barrel. Doing so will forever change the harmonics of the barrel for good or bad and you won't know till you do it. On the good side, a .22LR rifle will be the least affected by a harmonics change versus larger calibers. One possible unique negative with respect to a .22LR is that many manufacturers "choke" the barrel somewhere near the end to improve accuracy. If you cut the barrel below the choke point, you will almost certainly affect the accuracy negatively. You can push a tight patch down the breach of the gun and see if you feel it get tighter as you approach the crown. If it feels equally tight all the way down, I suspect cutting it down to 18" probably won't make a big difference in accuracy.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:27 PM
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Thanks for the info. I ran a tight patch through a bunch of times and can't feel it get tighter. It kind of feels a bit looser in the last 2 inches.

Guess I'll cut it and see.

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Old 07-06-2017, 08:02 PM
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It's 18" now. Ha.
I'm going to get a nice flat wide file and smooth it a bit then try to find a buddy with an 11 degree crown tool. I'll post up how it goes.
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:40 PM
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Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:34 PM
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Yes... Cut mine down to 16.25"









Didn't bother with the 'choke point' just lopped it...

22AGS stripped off the faux walnt stain and we went blonde with it. As was the custom with pre war Savages they only had checkering on the pistol grip so the forearm was sanded smooth and as homage to the weirdness on the 60's, the forearm was cut at a reverse 45 degree angle (like the Model 87's)

All in all I like the look! It's stupidly light (sTupidly!) and handy... I have a rifle basix trigger for it. (but not installed)

I paid $115 for the rifle and planned to do all this stuff to it. I figured for what I had in it it was a fun project.
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Old 07-06-2017, 10:18 PM
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........... Didn't bother with the 'choke point' just lopped it.......
Yep, not a WM special but I did it to my BTVSS(16.5" threaded) and it shoots great.




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Old 07-06-2017, 10:53 PM
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You guys are making me think I should go to 16.5".
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hmmm...now you guys have me thinking the same on my bull barrel model. FlysAlot, how did you crown yours? What contour?
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:58 PM
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hmmm...now you guys have me thinking the same on my bull barrel model. FlysAlot, how did you crown yours? What contour?
I'm embarrassed to say... It's a typical 'ole roll crown, nothing special, but it works and I don't want to mess with it. As you can figure, if it turned out to be junk, I'd mark it up to "Well, I've wasted more money on (more) stupid things.."

It was designed and built to be a 'carry all day' sort of thing. (and it IS, and an acceptably accurate rifle to boot!)
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FlysAlot, thanks for the info and nothing to be embarrassed about. Some folks swear that as long as you cut the face square to the bore, it doesn't make any difference.
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Old 07-07-2017, 07:55 PM
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I filed, sanded, cut the crown with a round headed screw and polished the muzzle.

I may cut the crown a bit deeper. We shall see.
Hopefully I can get to the range this weekend. I'll put 30-40 rounds of junk through it to dirty the bore up and then try some decent stuff.
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FlysAlot, thanks for the info and nothing to be embarrassed about. Some folks swear that as long as you cut the face square to the bore, it doesn't make any difference.
Thanks...

Of course it's yours to shoot anytime. Markham, Trail Glades etc. Let me know!
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Old 07-08-2017, 06:19 PM
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That is very generous of you sir! I am at trail glades range almost every Wednesday barring rain. Hope to see you there one of these days!
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I got out and shot the chopped down barrel today. Shot great at 25 and 50 1/4 to 1/2".
It opened up at 75 and was about normal at 100 yards. Shot CCI SV and SK standard plus. Both subsonic.
Perhaps wind picked up. Perhaps the crown isn't quite right? But it shoots way tighter at 25 and 50 than it did before. Lol.

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