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Old January 10th, 2017, 03:10 PM   #1
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My traveling shotgun project.

So this is an idea I've had kicking around in my head for a while now. I've been wanting to build a "politically correct" travel shotgun that takes down. My idea is to take an old Mossberg 12 gauge and shorten the barrel and reinstall the bead and thread for choke tubes so the gun can still be used for some hunting without carrying a spare barrel, though I am going to end up with one. My reasoning for this is that I want the gun to look as innocuous as possible but still be a viable defensive firearm. The reason for choosing a Mossberg is because the mag tube is removable so the gun can be dissembled easily and made very compact. Also I just prefer the control placement on the Mossbergs. I'm mainly undertaking this project as a lark and because I can and I think it's neat, I'm not overly concerned of being wrongfully prosecuted for defending myself in the off chance it could ever come to that. But I do have friends in L.A. and I take long roadtrips every year or two so who knows what could happen.

So a while back I came across this beauty for a little over two bills if I recall.


That is a Mossberg 835 with quite a bit of character already on it. I feel like that adds to the legitimacy of it being a plain ol' hunting shotgun. I was originally looking for a 500 but this is what I found and it will work just as well. I was hesitant at first to chop the barrel on this thing because 835 barrels are kinda spendy, being chambered for 3.5" magnum shells but I was browsing for barrels today and found a 28" vent rib ported 835 barrel for only $20 more than a 500 barrel so I went for it, even though the new barrel cost as much as the gun did and I could have gone out and found a used 500 for the same price. Kinda maybe shoulda thought that one through a little more but whatever, it's already on the way. BTW if anyone has any tips for ageing a blued shotgun barrel to match the rest of the gun I'd love to hear it. I'm thinking maybe a few light passes with a green scotchguard pad for starters.

Once the barrel arrives I'll take it to a gunsmith who will shorten it to 18.5-20" depending on the supports for the rib and then reinstall the bead and thread it for choke tubes. I'll also have them reduce the LOP to 13" overall with a recoil pad to make the gun a little easier to bring up in a hurry and a little more maneuverable. Or do you think I should chop the old barrel and keep the new one intact. The new one is ported, I've never fired a ported barrel before but I've also not fired 3.5" magnums either. Maybe I'll get a box of shells and try a couple shells through both back to back.

I'll also be ordering a spare magazine cap. The threading on the ends of the Mossberg mag tubes is all the same so a cap can be threaded onto the end that came out of the receiver. When you want to stow the gun, you take the barrel off, take the tube off push the spring and follower into the tube and thread the spare cap on the end and it keeps everything contained nice and neat.

Finally I'd like to get a leather shell holder for the buttstock eventually. I'll probably use a cheap-o elastic one for starters.



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Old January 10th, 2017, 03:31 PM   #2
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I like what I am hearing... And seeing. Sounds like a good project. Keep us updated with pics.
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Can the 835 barrel be cut off? I have a 935 and the barrel is back bored. Will it be too big if it is cut back? Mine is basically 10 ga dia until the forceing cone then it comes back to 12 ga.
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So I just googled this and it turns out that 835 barrels are indeed over bored which I was not aware of. A 500 barrel and mag tube will fit the 835 recover so I may do that or I may hunt down a 500. I'm going to have to find out if the seller will take the barrel back now or I should be able to sell it without much loss.
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