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Old 04-25-2007, 01:18 PM
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Re: legal longest barrel on pistal

I spoke with an Indiana DNR officer about this specific question because I've never agreed with the logic that limited range guns like shotguns and muzzle-loaders are any safer than center-fire rifles. (If you can't confirm what's beyond your target, you just don't shoot.) Anyway, the officer stated that there are no regulations prohibiting the maximum length of a barrel on a pistol, only that it not have a rifle butt-stock. Obviously, this makes many high-powered rifle cartridges legal. There are two reasons Indiana has not amended this law: 1) Relatively few hunters will choose this option and 2) Those hunters that do choose this option are generally more experienced, conscientious hunters.

I have used my 6.5JDJ on a TC Contender to take several does and a 6-point buck in the last 8 years. All of those shots were 120 yards or less. My father used the same gun to harvest a decent 8-pt across a corn field at somewhere around 225 yards. This gun has equaled or surpassed all of my rifles in accuracy, regularly shooting sub-MOA groups (when I do my part).
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:45 PM
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Re: legal longest barrel on pistol

I would look at the T/C line (contender and Encore for major rifle calibers) with the 14-16" barrels in 6.5 JDJ, 7mm-08. Both can come from Fox Ridge Outfitters which sells the T/C Custom shop line of barrels and guns.

Also you can bipod them, or if shooting from a type rest, they make 2" wide flat foreends that work great.

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Old 05-08-2007, 09:52 AM
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Re: legal longest barrel on pistol

Just a little more info on handgun actions/ barrel length and shoulder stocks...this is my understanding based on several years of reading up on it, ATF court cases and rulings. Can't guarantee this info is 100% correct. Check with the ATF if you feel the need.

According to the ATF, you CAN put a shoulder stock on a handgun (i.e. TC / Encore etc., or an Xp100 or Striker Action) as long as the barrel length when the shoulder stock is on there is at least 16" measured from the breech/bolt face. You can take the shoulder stock off and install a handgun type stock or grips at any time without breaking any federal laws regardless of what the barrel length is when the stock is removed below or above 16", then go back to a shoulder stock setup at will as long as the barrel with shoulder stock is at the 16" min length.

What you cannot do is take a RIFLE action, one that left the maker as a rifle, and put a barrel shorter than 16" on it or have the overall length below the legal limit (can't recall what that is but you can look it up on the ATF web site) if you put a folding stock or a pistol type stock on the rifle action.

Once a handgun, always a handgun, even if you build it up with a 16" barrel and shoulder stock at some point. It doesn't become a "rifle" when that happens.
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:26 AM
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Re: legal longest barrel on pistol

That is one of the reasons I heard Remington first made the xp-100 pistol THEN made the Model600 rifle. You can make a pistol into a handgun but not a handgun into a pistol. It seams to be an urban legend when I really think about it though.
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Old 05-12-2007, 08:18 PM
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Re: legal longest barrel on pistol

What?
There's no confusion here. A pistol is a handgun. You cannot legally convert a rifle to a handgun. There are no loop holes. Even with Encore's and Contenders. If it was shipped from the factory as a RIFLE, it's a rifle and cannot be legally converted to a handgun.[ QUOTE ]
That is one of the reasons I heard Remington first made the xp-100 pistol THEN made the Model600 rifle. You can make a pistol into a handgun but not a handgun into a pistol. It seams to be an urban legend when I really think about it though.

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Old 05-22-2007, 01:14 PM
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Re: legal longest barrel on pistol

Sorry! ...rifle into a handgun not a handgun into a rifle... my bad!

Am I wrong that if you buy an Encore handgun you CAN put a rifle barrel on it but if you buy an Encore rifle it is illegal to put a short (pistol) barrel on it.
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