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Hello all. I'm new to the forums. I'm ready to buy a 500. But I'm not sure how I should go about it. I want it for home protection and taking it out to shoot some skeet. But I want that tacti"cool" look.

Would I be better off buying a used 500 with the a longer barrel and wood stocks etc... and buying parts then rebuilding it? (seems to be cheaper & easier to find). Do the older 500s come with metal trigger guards?

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Would it be better to get a persuader package right off the bat? Then buying another barrel for shooting skeet?

In terms of shooting skeet, what barrel length & choke do you guys suggest?

Thanks in advance!
 

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When shooting skeet, there are some chokes that are designed specifically for skeet, which basically improve the spread beyond cylinder bore, which is what you want out of a skeet gun, I've shot skeet with mod choke(26') and cylinder bore(18.5'), the cylinder bore has a bit better of a spread.. but I can't relate it to a skeet choke, because I've never used one, but what I would suggest would be something like Mossberg's Turkey Thug, it's a 20 inch barrel it's threaded for a choke, and looks pretty cool, was at a gun show yesterday and saw one priced around 499$, but if you want a value gun that you can modify later, sure get a stock Mossy 500, you could do worse.
 

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After looking without much luck for a used 500, I recently bought a 500 All-Purpose field gun from Walmart. It was $257 plus tax and came with 3 choke tubes - including a skeet tube. It has a vent rib barrel with dual sight posts that will work well for skeet. I also ordered an 18 1/2" cylinder bore barrel from Mossberg for $75 including shipping, so it's now ready for home protection too. For a total of $350 I have a new shotgun perfectly suited for what you described. Personally, I'm not that in to "tacti-cool" and love its wood furniture, but it can be easily converted with inexpensive black plastic.
 
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