This question has been getting me good. Has anyone hunted with a 18 to 18.5 inch Mossberg Security 500 Shotgun (with regular stock on it)? I took my 18.5 inch Mossberg 500 to an outdoor range recently and was surprised with it's distance. I feel like I could even hunt birds with it, however I haven't tested it skeet shooting yet. I also noticed that when compared with my Remington 870 Security Shotgun, the Mossberg's Security Barrel has a tighter/smaller diameter than the Remington's. Is this a good sign that the Mossberg 18.5 incher would be alright for hunting because perhaps with the tighter barrel, the shot pattern won't spread too fast? I'd like to here some opinions, but preferably from anyone that has successfully hunted with the Mossberg 500 18.5/18 inch barrel. I'm trying to get a piece of mind about this, because I have the nice stock, and plus; I'd like to feel like I can hunt with this shotgun without spending money on a new separate barrel. I've asked the question about choke tubes already, like most other people have too. I don't think a choke tube would suffice as a good modification of the existing barrel I have (modifying an 18 inch barrel to a 20+ inch, ect.). Plus, it appears that I can't put a choke on it, because I believe I have to have a special barrel to be able to attach chokes. But please answer my initial question first!