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Old 03-27-2014, 05:41 AM   #11
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If it was me looking for an 18.5 inch barrel, I would go to my LGS and look for a used fixed choke field barrel. length is irrelevant, choke is irrelevant. i would just be cutting it down to 18.5 to 19 inches, and adding a new bead to the end of it.

i picked up a 28" field barrel with a fixed mod. choke for my 870 for $50 about 2 years ago with a broken front bead. Bought a new bead for about 10 bucks while at the same shop. I can now used my HD and deer shotgun for bird hunting as well. Deals are out there, you just have to look for them.

Check Ebay. I have seen a lot of 870 parts on their site for cheap. I just picked up a 20 ga. Mossberg 500 barrel that is bent at 22 inches up from the back of the chamber. rather than straighten it out, i am just going to cut it down to 19 inches and turn it into a slug and H\D barrel for her birthday.

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FWIW I run a 23" 870 turkey gun for HD. It's short enough.
Have had shorter and longer, and can mod bbls, or buy whatever I want...............the 23" works for turkey, HD and I even ran it on doves multiple times at 50%. Not the best gun for that, but it worked decent.
Could screw in a IMp Cyl or maybe even rifled, add a scope and be good for deer (don't want long bbls for that- big recoil, shooter variability, want least time of flight in bore).

And my 835 with rifled bbl (when they first came out) shot foster slugs better than sabots. (3" better than 2 3/4"...........no 3.5" slugs back then).

Yeah the rifling was rough, and it leaded up badly, but I tested for cleaning interval and took a buck at 165 yards and a doe at 90. Put the holes where I wanted too.

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No you don't. When the choke is installed it is 20 inches, that is not that much shorter than 23 inches, so I do not see the need to switch barrels. What you need is a handgun or 16 inch carbine if you need a rifle.

18.5 inch barrel with 1.5 inch choke


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Molon: my Mossberg SA-20 is 22" plus the choke. I think it really depends on the corners and doors in your place. I have a Single level house with a "Semi-open" floor plan( kitchen, dining rm, and living room is one big L shaped space,.but it's a back up close qtrs weapon. Not the primary. Handguns are always the primary unless you must escalate the level of response to a threat. Home invasion by 2 or more and we go to extra guns...
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It's only been the last 10 years or so that a lot of people had a short barrel shotgun for home defense. Millions of people have successfully defended their home with a shotgun that had a 28" or longer barrel.

In fact, it is only the internet gun guru that believes he/she would be handicapped by a long barreled shotgun. After killing rabbits and quail in thick brush with a 28"/30" barrel people with hunting experience are confident with a long barrel shotgun.

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One thing I haven't seen mentioned is that if you are using the shotgun for HD, instead of "house clearing", you do not need to shorten the barrel. My recommendation is that you hunker down and defend yourself & family, and call 911 & let the PD clear the house. MHO

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It's only been the last 10 years or so that a lot of people had a short barrel shotgun for home defense. Millions of people have successfully defended their home with a shotgun that had a 28" or longer barrel.

In fact, it is only the internet gun guru that believes he/she would be handicapped by a long barreled shotgun. After killing rabbits and quail in thick brush with a 28"/30" barrel people with hunting experience are confident with a long barrel shotgun.
That's true. People confuse home defense with CQ combat. Gun magazines and the entertainment industry are especially fond of tactical shotguns.

Edit. Eatmydust just said it while I was typing.
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It's only been the last 10 years or so that a lot of people had a short barrel shotgun for home defense. Millions of people have successfully defended their home with a shotgun that had a 28" or longer barrel.

In fact, it is only the internet gun guru that believes he/she would be handicapped by a long barreled shotgun. After killing rabbits and quail in thick brush with a 28"/30" barrel people with hunting experience are confident with a long barrel shotgun.
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One thing I haven't seen mentioned is that if you are using the shotgun for HD, instead of "house clearing", you do not need to shorten the barrel. My recommendation is that you hunker down and defend yourself & family, and call 911 & let the PD clear the house. MHO
Both of these are very true. The only thing that really makes a shorter barrel better is its easier to hide out of sight in the home.

In my home we currently keep an ak47 underfolder in a hidden spot thats our defensive point mainly because its so short with the stock folded its easy go get out in a hurry. I would prefer an ar15 but i havent done a sbr yet for that
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It's only been the last 10 years or so that a lot of people had a short barrel shotgun for home defense. Millions of people have successfully defended their home with a shotgun that had a 28" or longer barrel.

In fact, it is only the internet gun guru that believes he/she would be handicapped by a long barreled shotgun. After killing rabbits and quail in thick brush with a 28"/30" barrel people with hunting experience are confident with a long barrel shotgun.

Uh, I'll still take an 870 Special Field 20 for that thick critter stuff.
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