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Old 02-29-2020, 11:53 PM
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I live in the country and want to modify a cheap .38Spl. revolver by removing as much of the rifling in the barrel as possible to maximize the shot pattern of snake shot shells as much as possible. I have searched various web sights, including BATF, to find out how much rifling is required to keep the pistol legal. Can anyone help me with this.
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I don't think it's illegal to remove the rifling from your barrel. I don't think it's necessary, but don't see why there would be any law against it.
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If I was going to do that, I would NOT remove the rifling, which makes it an illegal shotgun.

But you could shoot a few soft bullets loaded hot enough to fill your grooves with lead.


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Back up further from the snake before you shoot at it?
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Back up further from the snake before you shoot at it?
OR get a .410 pump?
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Get a S&W Governor or if that's too expensive one of the versions of a Judge from Taurus.

No substitute for more shot in the pattern.
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Before I would go ruining a 38 revolver, I think I would get a Bond derringer in 45LC with long enough barrels to handle 410 shells. Light, compact, and works.
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If I was going to do that, I would NOT remove the rifling, which makes it an illegal shotgun.

But you could shoot a few soft bullets loaded hot enough to fill your grooves with lead.


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I believe that would only apply if you were to remove all the rifling from the barrel which doesn't seem necessary.
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Old 03-01-2020, 07:47 PM
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I'm not going to ruin a good revolver, we're talking a QFI brand Saturday Night Special that I have $35 in. I have a .410 pump and a single shot. I want something that will fit in the cup holder of my tractor. I have a .38 Deringer, I don't like to shoot it if I don't have to. Backing farther away from the snake just makes the pattern wider. I know that removing ALL the rifling makes it an illegal shotgun. My question is how much rifling must be left in the barrel for it to still be a legal firearm.
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Ok, I understand your point. Move closer to the snake before you shoot it. You could wear the lands down to almost nothing, well worn, and still be legal in my legal armchair experience.
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A bore mop with valve honing compound on it worked slowly removing the lands to almost nothing should do it. Leaving enough for a good visual but it would likely have little effect on the performance of the shot cups.
Note that I am not associated with the BATF. But I have seen some old 38's with the barrel lands near shot out of them when I was working with a gun smith.
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Old 03-02-2020, 09:44 AM
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The way the TC Contender and HotShot barrels did it is the "choke" was straight rifled, which stopped/slowed down the spin imparted by the rifled normal part of the barrel.
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Old 03-02-2020, 11:56 AM
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Al, Indigo, honing the lands down is probably the safest way to go.
Ivan, I had a Contender with the HotShot barrel many years ago, it worked well. One of the many firearms I ended up regretting trading off.
To all who responded, thanks for your input.
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