Actually, after some measuring, my .54 cal flint Lyman Deerstalker barrel is only 22" long. For years I've used it to plink grapefruit at 100 yards with boring regularity. 75 grains 3F and a .535" RB & .018" thick patch make it happen.Toomuch said:This you could do however the barrel would have to be re-crowned at the very least. Then there is the issue of how short do you want it, anything less than about 26 inches and you would have little to no accuracy left thus defeating the purpose of having a rifle in the first place, remember a CVA Hawken is only 28 1/2" to begin with.
That brings up an interesting point. Since in the eyes of the feds, BP firearms are not firearms, do the rules of 18" minimum barrel length for shotguns, and 16" for rifles apply? I tend to think not, but it could be that some states have their own rules that might.tenngun said:I cut a. Cheap smooth bore down to 18 inches it had shot good before and stayed that way. I didn't hunt with it, but it looked good with my Tandy dearskin mountiney man out fit. It was fun to shoot, but useless and I gave it to a friend.