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Cost to shorten Benelli Nova field barrel?


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Hey folks, I just inherited a Benelli and unfortunately I need a tactical shotgun, and this is a 28" field barrel!! :confused:


It looks like there's a shortage and/or you can't get the 18.5" tactical barrel very easily any more. I found some for a whopping $400 and also I believe a tactical store sells replicas for like $250. Anyways, I don't really need another barrel, and the one I have is so worn out and has a busted front sight anyways, so there's little point in my trying to sell it as it's likely only worth like $50. Instead, I'm going to make lemonade and cut this barrel to 18.5" just like the tactical barrel comes with. I can have the front sight fixed since the flutes will be chopped too. I just have no idea how much this would cost compared to buying a new barrel. I am hoping under $100 - any ideas?? I'd like to have it chopped to 18.5" then tapped for the choke attachments at the end ideally. I may shoot skeet every now and again so I like the idea of these interchangeable chokes on this barrel... Let me know what you think!!

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shooting skeet with a 18.5 inch barrel is just crazy imho it can be done but why? check with local shops before you go nuts.. i mean you could always chop it down on a bandsaw yourself and then just reblue the part you cut easily done.. otherwise check with shops and also i dont think you need to have it choked just keep it for a home d shotty

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Thanks for the comments Bello... I don't want to screw it up on the other hand it seems like a LOT of people do this (maybe not so much with a Benelli barrel) and it isn't really a problem. Why couldn't I shoot skeet out of an 18.5" barrel? Maybe I could make it 20? I mean anything is better than 28" which is almost useless to me for HD - in fact I just did some "testing" earlier and confirmed it is quite silly to gun bouncing around my house with a 28" barrel. This shotgun is all of what I don't want and I can't sell it, can't even find spare barrels for it under $300 (it is less than that for a Nova entirely!!) :( Any ideas??


I'd love to just get it cut. My friend has a good bandsaw so maybe that is my best route, but I wouldn't be able to re-choke it on my own. How easy is it for a gunsmith to do this or can they even??


The front sight is busted so I want to fix that in the process here. It's not like I want to take a saw to my Benelli but I feel trapped in a corner w/out (better) options.. :(

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So, I talked to a local well known/reputable gunsmith...


$100 to chop the barrel and clean it up. They would finish up the cut and that is about it. They can also install a new sight like a bead or something else but that would be extra.


Threading the barrel would also be extra, but I'd have to go in there with the barrel for them to give me a quote really...


I just hate to chop a barrel like this. I mean what if I want to shoot skeet and what if everyone on the range makes fun of me for chopping the barrel?


But the reality is these guns are worth $250 in great condition (mine is in fair) and these barrels are going for $300 alone. So it's all whacked up, I'm telling you!


I could just trade the gun for something else or cash towards something else BUT I really DO like this gun and to me it is worth more like $450 (MSRP) and also it has sentimental value cuz a friend of mine gave it to me from his collection.


What do you guys think??


Thanks in advance!!

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