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 Post subject: Can a 500 with a 2-3/4" barrel use a 3" barrel?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:43 pm 
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I'm looking at a used 500 with a 30" full choke barrel but it says 2-3/4" chamber. Can I swap in a modern 28" 3" barrel with screw-in chokes?




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 Post subject: Re: Can a 500 with a 2-3/4" barrel use a 3" barrel?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:45 pm 
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Yes, you can swap with any Mossberg 500 2.75" or 3" chambered barrel. When Mossberg introduced the 500 in 1961, the same action could interchange with six different barrels. Four "regular" barrels (30" Full, 28" Full, 28" Mod, and 26" IC) had 2.75" chambers. One 26" "special" barrel had a 2.75" chamber and a C-Lect choke. The other "special" barrel was 30" for 3" magnums, Full choke for duck and goose hunters.

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I found that all Mossberg 500 receivers from their introduction in 1961 could shoot 3" shells provided that the attached barrel had a 3" chamber. Just a point of interest, as some posters on other forums seemed to think that the earliest 500 receivers were limited to 2.75" shells.

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