Barreled action NFA question

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I want a bolt action .22 pistol that fits a r700 chassis like a pork sword. I don’t want to spend V-22 money ( I already have one).and I had the following idea.
If I were to buy a new Bergara b14r barreled action would I be able to list it as a pistol at the time of transfer ? With it already having a barrel over 16in I wasn’t sure if I could.
I have a chassis already so at $700 for a barreled action this would be awesome as I can cut and thread the barrel myself
 

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    I want a bolt action .22 pistol that fits a r700 chassis like a pork sword. I don’t want to spend V-22 money ( I already have one).and I had the following idea.
    If I were to buy a new Bergara b14r barreled action would I be able to list it as a pistol at the time of transfer ? With it already having a barrel over 16in I wasn’t sure if I could.
    I have a chassis already so at $700 for a barreled action this would be awesome as I can cut and thread the barrel myself
    To my knowledge no because it was manufactured and serialized as a rifle. But I very well could be wrong. Try calling these guys and see what they do

     
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    A barreled action is not a rifle. Barrel length has 0 bearing on what is a rifle or a pistol.
     

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    Once a rifle, always a rifle is my understanding.

    You are correct
    I was hoping if at the time of transfer you could list other since it’s wasn’t a “completed “ firearm.

    I’m betting I’d have trouble getting a FFL to transfer it even if it were legal.
     

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    Because Bergara sells barreled actions without stocks, it was never a rifle. Should transfer same as a bare action.
     

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    If it has no stock, chassis, etc., it gets transferred by your FFL as an "receiver" (bound book and Section A on front page of 4473) or "other" (check box on page 2 of 4473) . The length of the barrel doesn't matter.

    As a side note, receivers and actions may only be transferred to someone who is 21 or older since they are explicitly not a long gun at time of transfer. There really isn't any wiggle room for the FFL to pick whatever option they feel like.

    The NFA implications get very tricky if one doesn't know the provenence of the barreled action. This is probably not an issue for buying a barreled action from a reputable distributor like Brownells, but if it's some rando on Gunbroker then I don't know how one would prove that it's never been transferred as a rifle. I'm also unaware of anyone being prosecuted for such a technicality, but am unwilling to become the first.
     
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    If it has no stock, chassis, etc., it gets transferred by your FFL as an "receiver" (bound book and Section A on front page of 4473) or "other" (check box on page 2 of 4473) . The length of the barrel doesn't matter.

    As a side note, receivers and actions may only be transferred to someone who is 21 or older since they are explicitly not a long gun at time of transfer. There really isn't any wiggle room for the FFL to pick whatever option they feel like.

    The NFA implications get very tricky if one doesn't know the provenence of the barreled action. This is probably not an issue for buying a barreled action from a reputable distributor like Brownells, but if it's some rando on Gunbroker then I don't know how one would prove that it's never been transferred as a rifle. I'm also unaware of anyone being prosecuted for such a technicality, but am unwilling to become the first.
    This is the info I needed thanks.