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Old 01-23-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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I'm curious about cutting down the barrel of a remington 1100. I'm wanting to put a pistol grip stock and synthetic foregrip on it for home defense. Or would I be better just buying a shorter barrel to put on?

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:30 AM   #2
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There have been several instances that I am aware of where going shorter than 21"-24" or so has caused issues with reliable cycling. This is rather typical of gas operated guns. If you hang extra weight on an inertia gun you are risking the same results.

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So buying a 26 inch barrel would be ok? Or would I be better off buying a new semi auto for home defense?

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My advice would be buy a pump for home defense

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Ok now in that case what's the difference between the remington 870 and the mossberg 500? Seems to me their about the same gun?

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Ok now in that case what's the difference between the remington 870 and the mossberg 500? Seems to me their about the same gun?
Well, that should bring them out of the woodwork...


(I second the pump idea - the sound of racking a shell is instantly recognizable & has been known to cause religious conversions + changes of underwear.)

Gas guns can be temperamental - SD weapons should be reliable. (My 11-87 is absolutely reliable but my Baretta is as temperamental as teenager lately)

Note: do not cut barrel - just buy 18-20" barrel and then practice w the ammo you intend to use. If reliable, keep her clean n lubed and all is well.
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Ok now in that case what's the difference between the remington 870 and the mossberg 500? Seems to me their about the same gun?
Sorry... have to weigh in here. The answer is no!! If given the choice myself, I will always choose a Remington (or Browning) over a Mossberg. They are MUCH better in make and fit and the 870 has been the prefered choice of LEOs for decades... although most large city Po-po have been switching to the AR platforms (sooooo you should be able to find surplus 870's cheap if you look around).... Also, in a self defense situation, simply the sound of cycling the round in a pump is enough to deter even multiple threats, because they know what's coming next!! The Mossy's are cheaper and plentiful, and they do have their fans... but so does a 1970's Harley and I wouldn't own one of those either.

Save that 1100 (BTW... my personal single favorite semi-auto model) just the way it is for the field and the range!! OH ...and one more bit of advice, if you're left handed (or someone else in the household is who might need to use it) get an Ithica model 37. http://www.ithacagun.com/defense37s.html It loads AND ejects from the bottom (an old John Browning design) so the porting/ejection won't be a problem.
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I have an 870. My buddy has a mossberg. We have shot ducks and clays side by side for years. We both take really bad care of them. Neither has ever failed. It's a crapshoot in my book.

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save your money and save a perfectly good 1100.
a single shot stevens crack shot with buck shot is a better hd gun. less moving parts and you can use it as a baseball bat to finish the job.

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My advice would be buy a pump for home defense
I agree- The 1100 ain't a gun i'd want to butcher in any way anyway----
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