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V4Vendetta
December 23, 2006, 03:49 PM
Can I remove the 28" barrell & put a shorter one on it? Is the gun a good quality firearm as it is?

M1911
December 23, 2006, 03:57 PM
I greatly prefer Remingtons 870s.

Yes, you can replace the barrel with a shorter barrel. But if you are buying it for home defense, why don't you just buy one with a 20" barrel to begin with?

raggededge
December 23, 2006, 03:58 PM
Some people are quick to gripe about the Mossbergs fit and quality. A common complaint is "they rattle". The fact is, though, they seem to be a reliable gun at a good price. I shot a short barreled 500 once and I liked it, but I had already purchased my Winchester. If I hadn't, I may have ended up with one.

I'm no expert with the Mossbergs, but I don't see any reason you shouldn't be able to find a shorter barrel for it.

V4Vendetta
December 23, 2006, 03:58 PM
Because the place where I'm thinking of getting one just has this one.:)

.351winchester
December 23, 2006, 06:44 PM
I made that mistake many times. From experience, see if they will order you what you really want, if they cannot accomidate that, take a drive to someone who will.

O6nop
December 23, 2006, 06:50 PM
I did that to a Maverick 88 which is pretty much interchangeble with a Mossberg 500. My new barrel is 18.5" and I put a folding stock with a pistol grip. I bought the shotgun for about $100, the barrel was $60 and the stock about $25. I suppose I could turn around an sell the old 26" barrel, just haven't bothered yet.
I've shot it a few times, it goes 'boom' when I pull the trigger.

hpg
December 23, 2006, 08:02 PM
Remington 870

DonR101395
December 23, 2006, 08:06 PM
Nothing wrong with the 500. I got two plus a 590. I would say to look around and find a 500 persuader if it's for home defense only. If you plan I using it to hunt and home defense, get it and the extra barrel. The barrel will run you about $120.

M1911
December 23, 2006, 09:40 PM
A common complaint is "they rattle".My complaint is not that they rattle. My complaint is seeing one break. In two pieces.

DonR101395
December 23, 2006, 09:48 PM
My complaint is not that they rattle. My complaint is seeing one break. In two pieces.

Everyone puts a lemon out from time to time. My oldest 500 is 30 years old and probably has close to 10,000 rounds through without a problem. Everything from #8 all the way up to 3" 1 1/4oz slugs. Remingtons break as well. Both companies have too many guns out the door to not have a few lemons in the bunch. I would use either, given a choice I would take the mossy.

SD_Chop
December 23, 2006, 10:26 PM
I prefer 870's also but the mossbergs are just fine. It might seem like you spending more money then you have to for a home defense shotty when you can get a mossberg 500 with 20" or 18" barrel for $200-$250. Also with shotguns that are designed with short barrels and built for defense usually have a higher round capacity. Most hunting shotguns dont come with the extended tubes because most states limit the amount of ammo you can have loaded in a shotgun. To keep it loaded in your house it does not matter. So a 18-20" barrel that holds 6 or 7 rounds is great.

this is my home defender

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j26/SD_Chop/Firearms/random003.jpg

V4Vendetta
December 26, 2006, 12:04 AM
I made that mistake many times. From experience, see if they will order you what you really want, if they cannot accomidate that, take a drive to someone who will.


Since I might be buying this shotgun from a individual, that's not a option:) . In my state private sales of long arms without using a FFL is legal. My main worry is if I should just buy it because it would not be on the Federal list. I'm not sure. My local dealer has a nice Maverick 88 security model & if something should break on it, he'd be willing to look at it & if it's not fixable, he'd give me store credit at the least. But then it would be registered:rolleyes: .

What to do, what to do?:( :(

CALNRA
December 26, 2006, 03:41 AM
if it's for a good price, buy it and find your self an 18 inch barrel.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/37_336/products_id/46349

I'm gonna stop here before the "Mossberg sucks, 870 rules" posse hangs me.

Wiley
December 26, 2006, 11:22 AM
I hve a Mossberg 500 and a Remington 870. I like the Remington better, but I wouldn't feel under-gunned with the Mossie, buy a steel replacement safety and a short barrel.