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Anyone ever considered doing it to say 18" or 16" I've often thought about doing it for better accuracy and maneuverability but am still a bit chicken about going through with it. Mine shoots really well .5"-1" at 50yds without really trying..Wondering if it would shoot better at a shorter carbine length.
 

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A friend of mine recently purchased a 455 stainless, a super accurate rifle right out of the box, he had the barrel threaded for a can, I feared he might lose accuracy, instead it became THE rifle to beat, it simply shoots lights out.
He didn't cut it back, just had it threaded but it was already near 4" shorter than the 452s
 

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Three things:

a) it's your rifle, do what you want with it.
b) personally, I don't mess with rifles that shoot well.
c) I did this with a Savage BTVS that had a tight spot in the barrel about three inches before the muzzle. Took about three hours and it and it did improve things.

Here's how I did it:













 

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If it shoots that well it is a shame to experiment with it. Many folks here would readily swap you a 455 for a 452. Then you could experiment with cutting the barrel and easily replace it for little money if it doesn't work out.
 

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A friend of mine recently purchased a 455 stainless, a super accurate rifle right out of the box, he had the barrel threaded for a can, I feared he might lose accuracy, instead it became THE rifle to beat, it simply shoots lights out.
He didn't cut it back, just had it threaded but it was already near 4" shorter than the 452s
Yeah I have a couple of other 22s with 16" tubes and they shoot great..they seem more consistent than my 452.
 

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Why would you cut up a subMOA rifle that is worth at least its purchase price? Looking for them halfMOA groups, are ya? Well, good luck with that. "Try..." and shoot better, use some better ammo, but don't take no hacksaw/Sawsall to it.



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Not looking for one hole..Im looking to keep or slightly improve the accuracy without the extra barrel length...I love a 22 carbine for a carry / hunting rifle. Thats my rub with the 452. Barrel is about 4"-5" too long for my preference. Its just un-needed length IMO.
 

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Not looking for one hole..Im looking to keep or slightly improve the accuracy without the extra barrel length...I love a 22 carbine for a carry / hunting rifle. Thats my rub with the 452. Barrel is about 4"-5" too long for my preference. Its just un-needed length IMO.
At the end of the day it's your 452. Can you cut the barrel, of course. Will it improve accuracy, likely not any more than finding the best ammo for your rifle as is.

Folks around here are likely not going to be fans of significantly and irreparably altering a 452 that shoots very well as is. Frankly, they are hard to come by and there are probably several who would buy that 452 from you today. Then you could buy a rifle that fits your desired barrel length.

But again, it's your 452.
 

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In spite of what some think there is nothing super special about a 452. It is a mid priced production run sporter, if you want a 16 inch American, make it so. You paid for it, alter it to a point where it makes you happy. Will it be more accurate, maybe, if done properly there should be no loss in accuracy.
 

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I knew I'd get some visceral reactions....maybe Ill just buy another and try it.
Hunter2678, not trying to admonish you, it's your rifle, to me it would be sacrilegious, but that's just me. I still do feel a clean 452 is just to valuable to cut considering it's no longer in series production, better to sell and replace with 455 and be able to easily replace a barrel that "could" be ruined. Happy Shootin'
 

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You all are being too nice.

When you cut it ,save the cut off ,you can weld it back on again.

You asked, we told you it’s a crummy idea, you’ll be sorry, you can buy another gun for the same amount of money it’s going to cost you to do this. This is not a first timer diy project.

How is this 4 inches getting in your way? unless you are extraordinarily short or tall pointed down is pointed down or up is up which is where the muzzle should be if your moving.Are you dragging in inthe dirt, poking the ceiling?

Ps you do know there is a choke point in these barrels, like the anschutz and that’s why they are extremely accurate.its usually 2 inches back from the muzzel. Don’t cut off the choke point! You will be sorry!

And if you cut it off your hair will never grow back:D

Did you know that short barrels cause you to go cross eyed?

Additionally, CZ Protective Services will separate you and your rifle and there will be other fines and penalties involved.

There are a million reasons not to do this. And only one to do it. Your impulse. Has that ever worked out for you?
 

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my friend is a gunsmith its getting done professionally........if I decide to go through with it..gonna follow my mom's advice when I was a kid & sleep on it for now. lemme tell ya..that extra 4 inches hangs up in the woods like a CB antenna on a car goin through a carwash...Im short legged and long torsoed. **** near Dorf like!
 

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I tend to think that the question you pose conceals a wonderful opportunity. Rather than a barrel reduction of the rifle that you own, consider converting a few greenbacks into a new asset - in the form of a 452 or 455 Scout.

That way your American will have a fine companion and you can play them off one against the other - for best accuracy and best handling in the field.

My 452 Scout is a bit more accurate than my 452 Lux, and I have yet to wring out my new-to-me 452 trainer. But I assure you, that in my case, the feeling of accomplishment is fuller in acquiring a rifle rather than in irrevocably altering one, when it is already very accurate.

Good luck,

Dyson
 

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my friend is a gunsmith its getting done professionally........if I decide to go through with it..gonna follow my mom's advice when I was a kid & sleep on it for now. lemme tell ya..that extra 4 inches hangs up in the woods like a CB antenna on a car goin through a carwash...Im short legged and long torsoed. **** near Dorf like!
If you were to find yourself in a position where you needed crutches and they were 4 inches too long would you leave them as is? My bet would be that you'd cut them to your needs!
 
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