Re: Cutting a 22'' 760 barrel down to 20''?
Do it! I had two identical 760s, so I modified the beater for the same reason you are considering. I had the barrel cut back to 20" with a recessed crown. The smith redrilled holes and put the front sight on. I also had the warped end of the buttstock removed, and had a recoil pad installed. I have a low fixed power scope with removable rings. It carried like a little marlin 336, with the punch of a 30.06. It has a great feel. Good luck.