I just got a Harrington & Richardson 20 guage, its says Topper M48 on the receiver. I dontknow much about these shotguns, looking for a little info. It has a 30" barrell which seems a little cumbersome to lug around the woods rabbit hunting, I was wondering if I can shorten the barrell and what effects if any it will have on the choke. Thanks in advance for the replies!!
"Said I never had much use for one,...never said I didn't know how to use it..." ~ Matthew Quigley
~Team 45/70 #645
The choke in 99.9% of all factory shotguns, is within the last two inches, give or take. Its no doubt a full choke now, with a 30" tube. Cutting it back even 3 inches is going to make it for all practical purpose, an open tube. Rabbits at 10 to 20 yards would be in danger, much further, the twenty does not have enough shot, and you will have large holes in that pattern. You would likely ruin less meat facts be known, if you kept your shooting close, as fewer pellets would be bunched up. Only a very few is all its going to take to "stop a charging bunny", so if he is still kicking, ring his neck and put him in the bag.
Re choking is possible, screw ins, or even a vintage Poly Choke, but either conversion would cost twice the guns existing value. Even a creative guy "jug choking" with a cylinder brake hone, will need an hour or two time spent, along with patterning to see if any results have happened.
Between a rock and a hard place, I know. I suggest selling it to a young guy on a budget, and looking for something more quail and dove like, with screw in chokes. Or one of the seemingly millions of guns out there with a vintage adjustable device on the end. Any of those guns, can be picked up for cheap, as they are way out of style.
Does it occur to those that believe that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, may be because that guy takes the time to take care of his grass?
My dad had an old H&R years ago, it had a 20 gauge and also had a 30-30 barrel, i wish we still had that one. It got traded off for something? I can remember that it came with a few rounds of cast 30-30 though, i shot "at" my first deer with that rifle, it was a little too big for me way back then. I wonder if that old deer's off spring are still runnin around up in those woods somewhere
Either leave it as it is, or like suggested, get something more to your liking.
I think if your huntin in the snow, that longer full choke just may pay off for those longer runnin shots though. YMMV