View Full Version : to chap or not to chop

April 25, 2011, 12:04 AM
alright I recently bought a western field M550A (mossberg 500) with a full choke 30" barrel (3" chamber) and was thinking about chopping it down to 19" or so. now my question for you is. is a 30" mossberg barrel rare enough not to chop it?

April 25, 2011, 12:24 AM
Eh, you could probably trade it for a short barrel. But it's never worth the trouble to me. I'd chop it if I knew I wouldn't need it as a bird gun (and I wouldn't 'cause I have plenty of those). I don't think a 30" mossberg barrel is anything special.

April 25, 2011, 05:29 AM
Why not buy the extended magazine and buy the correct 20 inch barrel. This way you will have the capability of 8 rounds in a shorter barrlel. Cutting down the extended barrel will not work with the extended magazine because of the magazine cap point welded to the correct barrel.

April 25, 2011, 06:52 AM
+1 trading it for a 20 inch with the extended mag!

April 25, 2011, 07:53 AM
Trade it, sell it, or keep it and get another barrel but don't chap it or chop it

April 25, 2011, 12:37 PM
You're not going to get much for that shotgun in a sale or trade. Yes, it's a Mossberg, but it's really not....in terms of trade or sale value. If you put any money into it, it's very doubtful you'll get it back. If you don't need a bird gun, but do need a HD/SD gun, chopping it is the most economical route. If you're one who thinks you have to have 8 rounds and 5 just won't work, then you probably better off saving your pennies and buying a $200 shotgun specifically for HD/SD.

April 25, 2011, 01:49 PM
yea I like the look of the mossbergs with a 18" barrel and a 5 shot tube. I have a mossy with a 20" with a 8 shot tube and I just dont care for it

April 26, 2011, 09:56 PM
it is chapped (19"):D I am waiting for the JB weld to hold the sight bead in place

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc158/m4sherman14/th_Snapshot_20110426_4.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc158/m4sherman14/?action=view&current=Snapshot_20110426_4.jpg)

April 26, 2011, 11:44 PM
I like a man who makes a decission. What did you do with the other 11 inches? LOL

I don't know whether you need the bead sight or not. I have a coach gun and a 20 inch pump. I think of them more as a point and shoot gun. I suspect the bead at the end of the barrel is more cosmetic than useful.

Hope it serves you well.

April 26, 2011, 11:53 PM
You might also be interested in one of these:



BTW, pretty sure you can find them cheaper than direct from Hi Viz.

April 27, 2011, 12:22 PM
Looks like you really put this idea to the Chapping Block before making a decision.

April 27, 2011, 01:25 PM
ahh looking at the value of a 30" barrel (50-60 buck used) and the price of a 18-20" (>$70)the choice wasnt hard

Don P
April 27, 2011, 01:31 PM
Now to make it into a nice pistol grip stock. Did you chamfer the barrel after chopping?

April 28, 2011, 01:01 AM
yea that is what I am doing right now (file part done now for the steel wool) and uhh no pistol grip stocks or well anything synthetic. I prefer the classic look