Mossberg 500 home security.How to mod for hunting??

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by thunder92, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. thunder92

    thunder92 New Member

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    Ok, I bought this gun not knowing i'd be using it for a little prairie dog and rabbit hunting in the future. The problem is the fact that it doesn't have very much range. My buddies shotgun will out shoot mine by about 20-30 yards. I love it for short range etc... I know I can't put a choke tube on this model. What are my options? Another barrel? Can a gunsmith add a choke to the end somehow cheaper? Thanks.

    Also will different ammo effect the range that much? I'm using basic universal 8shot 1 1/8 ounce from winchester. Would a 5-6 shot improve that much?

    Sorry if this is basic. Newbie
     
  2. supergus

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    What I'm doing to mine is to put a rail on the receiver infront of the safety and putting a ghost ring side with a matching front sight. Then I'll shoot 7/8 oz. or 1 oz. slugs that'll get your range farther out.
     

  3. Shotgun Shooter

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    Try getting a logner barrel. I have a 28" and 18.5" barrel for my 12ga. Works great.

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  4. thunder92

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    DITO +1


    Thats what I have for my mossy. She came with a 28inc with screw out choke. Then I got an 18. There easy to swap out. Get some high base shells. That will help you reach out a little more. Those short barrels are fun.
     
  6. skullcrusher

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    I apologize if I missed something, but you got a new Mossy 500 that you can't choke? Really?

    Also, you bought it for what? How is it that you did not know what you were going to do with it? Rabbit for food and prarie dog for target? That's 2 different barrels right there.


    Seriously, you can buy a used Mossy 500 with chokes for less than $200. How's it you paid $300 for no choke options? Did you buy a slugger with a rifled barrel? If so, for shot, buy the longer barrel with choke capacity. Other than that, you might want to look into what you are buying, imo.
     
  7. thunder92

    thunder92 New Member

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    yep

    Yep, I bought it for home defense and to shoot the occasional clay pigeon or bird, squirrel...whatever. I have a friend going through a divorce that now wants to go shooting all the time and I find myself needing the gun to do more than mainly home defense. I have not seen any near $200 out here by the way. I don't consider myself an expert in guns in any way which is why I'm on here. My knowledge is really in other things. No biggie, sounds like I just need another barrel. Thanks for the help guys.
     
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  8. stalkingbear

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    All you need to do is buy a barrel that has the vent rib & features interchangeable choke tubes.
     
  9. Shotgun Shooter

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    I got my barrel from midway usa for 93 dollars. Thats the cylinder bore one, though. If you can find a longer barrel with the 3 chokes, I'd get it. Having different chokes can be used for different things. Clays, hunting, HD etc. Gotta love shotguns. :)

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=742385
    Something like this.

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  10. Succinct

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    Hey man, I appreciate your asking the question. I am learning by lurking here, but to be honest I have no idea what-the-heck a choke or choke tube is, other than an extra throttling on my carbureted gas-engined lawn machines to make them run until they are warmed up....

    I have a Mossy 500 tactical 12G with pistol grip and 18" barrel, and it has occurred to me that it might be fun to skeet shoot with it some too. But I have no idea how a barrel of different length could be retrofitted. It's not like the original barrel is just screwed on, is it?
     
  11. thunder92

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    tactical skeet shooting

    Well, I am not the expert but my mossy 500 does ok shooting skeets. Pretty fun although again if its too far out I have a hard time hitting them. From what I understand our guns would be like shooting a gun with a big gulp cup on the end. The pellets spread out pretty far when shooting a far object. You put another "choke tube" on the end of shotguns that is narrower and maybe slightly smaller than the previous end (like a kiddie size cup) and it makes the shot pattern tighter and therefore can reach further targets without spreading out. Its basically a big or small funnel to shoot out of. Our guns don't have one that can be screwed on the end and interchanged like some. Its not concerned with farther away targets. You can buy another barrel that has inter-changable ends (chokes) and use the gun for whatever you want.
     
  12. Shotgun Shooter

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    I made a video, not even an hour ago, on shotgun chokes. If interested, I'll PM you the link and you can check it out. I show my hunting barrel and I unscrew my choke.

    S.S.
     
  13. orangello

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    I went the other way; i bought an ugly old Mossy on the way to go dove hunting back in '96. It was the old style without interchangable chokes; it came with the 28" modified choke barrel. I kept that for any hunting duty it might see, but i picked up a 18.8" barrel at a recent gun show for better HD duty & a bit less weight. I've also switched out the wood furniture with some inexpensive plastic bits, the buttstock has a built-in pistol grip.

    Perhaps, if you have the shorty barrel & want a full length barrel, you could find someone who thinks they no longer need their long barrel?
     
  14. thunder92

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    Another question

    Ok, I just got off the phone with a gunsmith who told me I can't switch out the barrel without switching out the magazine tube. Is that true. Its an 8 shot.
     
  15. stalkingbear

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    Yes he's correct. The lug where the barrel attaches to the mag tube is further out on your barrel & at the end of the mag tube. I didn't realize you had the extended mag tube. You have 2 choices-you can have your existing barrel reamed & threaded for interchangable mag tubes, or you could buy the appropriate barrel you want, and have the lug relocated. I would suggest having the barrel reamed/threaded for choke tubes. That way you can have any choke you desire with a simple tube change.
     
  16. thunder92

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    good suggestion on reaming

    I think I'll look into that tomorrow. Heck, if I can find a reamer I'll just do it myself. Can't be that hard and I've reamed a few motorcycle parts in the past. Just need to find out what size.
     
  17. shadomunkey

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    Actually, it probably is'nt true.
    I have a mossberg 500a, 8 shot, came with an 18 inch barrel.
    I got a 28'' barrel with a few different chokes.
    Very easy to change.
    You have to call the mossberg people to get it. Cost me just under a hundred dollars.
    The phone number to call is 800-363-3555
     
  18. thunder92

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    hey thanks.

    Just called them and they quoted me $133 plus shipping for either the 20in or 28in like yours. Guess price went up. Can't believe its this hard and expensive to get this done. I'll check into tapping it today and then most likely just order from mossberg like you did. That gun just got more expensive but also more fun :) thanks to all for the help. Think mossberg needs to make this easier for people to figure out on their website.:)
     
  19. canebrake

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    Google is your friend. Basically, a choke tightens the group on shot by reducing the opening at the end of the barrel. Choke tubes are removable and different types of chokes are appropriate for different applications.

    Don't use slugs with a choke.

    Did it come with a manual?

    Unscrew the magazine tube cap and the barrel should slide off, allowing you to replace it with a different barrel. It's cheaper to get a different barrel for hunting or home defense than to buy a whole separate gun.