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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Default second hand Barrels for H&R shot gun

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I have an H&R 12 ga, cacxxxxx serial number, shotgun with a full choke and want a second barrel with a modified choke for slugs, and Squirrels. I can get these on ebay easy enough. Do I really have to have them fitted or was that just cya to make sure I don't blow my self up by trying to put a 45-70 on a shot gun frame. Now that H&R is closed I am going to have to do this my self if I am going to do it. I am a mechanical engineer with a machine shop so I am not afraid of making minor adjustments if needed. Does any one have any experience doing this? Please no nay-saying if you haven't tried it.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 01:38 AM
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Out of around a dozen H&Rs, I had one that needed fitting, and all it took was a little metal taken off the barrel latch shelf with a very fine file. All the rest, you can swap barrels back and forth like they were made to do it. Since you're an engineer and will no doubt want more details and a troubleshooting guide for all the details, I'd recommend that you read the Barrel Fitting write-up in the H&R FAQ in this section. It has a lot of excellent info that will help, and goes into as much detail as you could possibly want, but is still easy to understand, even for me.
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I have some barrels that just fit on one receiver and some that will fit several. The only one I had to fit was a 12 ga Trapper I, I had to add a shim to the pivot notch. Made it from a piece of beer can. No big deal.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks gentlemen, Sounds like I will be getting a few barrels in the future. I typically don't fret the details till I can't figure out what is going on. I fixed the weak ejector on my H&R yesterday by placing a small mild steel block behind the ejector spring and got a good education on how the barrel end of the gun works as well. Off to stock carving. I like these kit guns.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 02:51 PM
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Maybe others are luckier than me but I've got quite a few of these things and find it hit or miss on barrel swapping. Every once in a while I get one that locks up perfectly to a frame but more often they are too loose or won't close all the way. Sounds like you've got the skills necessary and as mentioned, the FAQs will give you all the details necessary to get it just right. Good luck.
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