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My 7 year old son has a Handi Rifle in .357 magnum and I want to cut the barrel down to 16-1/2” to make it easier for him to handle. My smith wants around $100 to cut and crown it so I decided to hold off. If I knew what to order I would do it myself, any experts on cutting one by hand?

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Mr Billy usually charges $60 to thread a barrel, ill find out how much it cost to cut down my 308 barrel and thread it.
 

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It's Mr. Billy, I thought he wanted around $100, I might could handle $60 without feeling too sick.

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You dont want to cut one by hand. The bedding chambering and crown are very important. 100 may be alittle high but not too bad.
 

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I talked my self out of taking it to the Doc and did it ******* style! LOL Looks good and shoots just as good as it did before I cut it and I can put that money toward something else like a trigger job on a 1911.

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How did you cut the barrel, with a hacksaw, sawzall or pipe cutter? What did you use to finish the job, a dremel, what kind of attachments? How'd you blue the exposed steel and what kind of blueing. I cut down a 12 but of course that was 10 times easier.
 

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Hacksawed it off then took a file to it then some fine sandpaper, I used Casey's (I think it is) blueing. Not too bad for a ******* job! LOL

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There is alot of info on the net about how to crown them. I redone a Negant for my sister and found some info on using a brass screw head and it worked fine looked good and shot great. If it were a high dollar rifle I would have took it to a pro.
 

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I saw Larry Potterfield use a round screw head and a portable drill. I tried it on an older 22 rifle and it worked pretty good for making or touching up a crown.
 

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Can you describe the screw head trick?

I assume that you chuck it in a drill.

What do you use fine sandpaper? Steel wool?
 

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I used fine sandpaper to polish up the cut and some type of reamer/angle cut bit that fits into a drill that my buddy had. After coldbluing it I ended up Duracoating it.

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On the screwhead trick, you chuck the threaded part of the screw into the drill. With the gun in a cleaning cradle, you apply pressure with the head of the screw centered at a straight line to the muzzle end of the barrell. It is easy to do on a old 22 rifle. I use a file to do most of my metal shaping on my guns. Ocassionally I will use a dremell tool on some things. A fine file followed by 400 sandpaper or 3/0 steel wool should smooth it up. Then I would take a Q-tip dipped in Brownells Oxpho Blue, followed by a thin coat of oil. Most people can,t tell that you did it if you don,t tell them.
 

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Neat. Thanks for the explanation.

I have a Ruger MK II with a strange scratch on the end of the muzzle. Not sure how it happened, but I have toyed with he idea of buffing it out.
 

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