Bill, you can't legally do that. If it's a rifle, it's a rifle. Even new in the box receivers that have never been barrelled are "rifles". I have three new, in the box receivers. Two 700's, and one Dakota. On the box, next to the serial number, they all read, "RIFLE ACTION".
I've contacted Remington too, to try to get 700 receivers from the factory as handgun receivers. They won't do it.