Buy or cut?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by CHAGO, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    I have several of the Mossberg 88's and the Mossberg 500's, I've disassembled both side by side and can't see a dime's worth of difference between them except for the safety location. The 88 has a trigger guard safety and the 500 has a tang mounted safety.

    I have a large pile of shotgun barrels and my choice is always to buy a second barrel. The 500 barrels are advertised for sale and the 88's are not. Mossberg 500 barrels fit and work perfectly in the 88's! The cheapest barrel I purchased for the Mossberg's was less than $100.

    By having a second barrel, I can make a barrel change and have an entirely new shotgun in less than a minute.

    Again, I've prowled over every piece of those scatter guns. I found NOTHING that would place the Mossberg 88 in the "cheap/crappy" category. I found nothing that would justify the $50-100 difference in price, either. The 88 is a nice, reliable inexpensive shotgun and mine were made in Eagle Pass, Texas.

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  2. topduarte

    topduarte Active Member

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    buy another barrel imo
     
  3. CHAGO

    CHAGO New Member

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    Brain fart? Lol
     
  4. CHAGO

    CHAGO New Member

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    Good to know! Thanks!
     
  5. satx78247

    satx78247 TGT Addict

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    CHAGO,

    BEFORE taking a hacksaw to your shotgun, I'd look about at the next local/large gun-show. = At the last show at Freeman Coliseum at least one vendor had any number of riot barrels for various shotguns & FOR CHEAP too.
    (That said, I've "sawed-off" any number of cheap shotguns over the last 4 decades.)

    just my OPINION, satx
     
  6. Downhill

    Downhill New Member

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    +1 on get a separate barrel.
     
  7. easy rider

    easy rider Well-Known TGT Supporter

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    Cutting a barrel narrows your options on what you can with that barrel. Buy the shorter barrel and sell the longer if you would like.
     
  8. baboon

    baboon Well-Known

    Tubing cutter would do a nicer job of it.
     
  9. easy rider

    easy rider Well-Known TGT Supporter

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    Differences are: The trigger on the 500 can be upgraded to a 590 metal trigger. The 88 forends are pinned, not screwed. The 500 is machine threaded on the housing for a rail. Magazine tube on the 88 can't be modified.
     

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