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Short barrels - how to measure?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Sergeant York, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Sergeant York

    Sergeant York

    Jan 27, 2008
    I know this has been asked before, but I can't find it. I inherited a shotgun from my brother-in-law, a Remington 870 Wingmaster, 2 3/4 shells only. I read somewhere that the correct way to measure the barrel length is to drop a dowel down the barrel (action closed), mark the dowel at the end of the barrel, and then measure the dowel to that mark. I measure 18 1/8" using this method. I want to make sure this is the proper method for determining legal length.

  2. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    That works and the older Remington barrels were 18" so you are right on track.