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I have a Mossberg 500 12 gauge with 28" ported barrel. I would like to cover the ported holes and make them non-functional. Once I stick a broom handle or similar dowel into the bore to prevent material from entering, what can I use to cover the holes permanently ? I am visualizing when I utilize a putty knife and compound to cover nails/nail holes in drywall and then sand and paint. Does solder work ? Obviously I am ignorant of what might/might not work. Thanks for non-condescending responses.
 
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Is buying another barrel an option? High temp solder or brazing may work, but refinishing could be a problem. How many holes are you talking about and how are they arranged?
 
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Yes, purchasing another barrel is an option. They are reasonably priced. I was just curious what was involved in covering the ports. I like to learn new activities and handle challenges. I am not looking at them at the moment, but I recall there are two rows of 5 holes each on each side of the vent rib toward the muzzle. So a total of 20 holes. Thanks.
 
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If it isn't a vent rib barrel you may be able to fit a sleeve over the ports.

It may be possible even if it is.
 
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If it isn't a vent rib barrel you may be able to fit a sleeve over the ports.

It may be possible even if it is.


It is a vent rib, but that is an idea I had never considered. I like that outside-the-box thinking. I have neighbors who are very good at fabricating. Thanks.
 
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Although shotshells are relatively low pressure cartridges and the ports are near the end of a long barrel, I would be surprised if anything other than a metal-based plug or cover would survive the first shot. If you decide to try something like that, please let us know the outcome. I’m definitely curious.




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If you decide to try something like that, please let us know the outcome. I’m definitely curious.


I will start making inquiries on a metal plug/cover tomorrow and will be happy to advise if and when I actually activate. Thanks.
 
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Help me understand why you want to close the ports? I am presuming noise but you didn't say

I would just replace the barrel as I think your costs for plugging the holes will exceed the cost of a replacement barrel.


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Help me understand why you want to close the ports? I am presuming noise but you didn't say

I would just replace the barrel as I think your costs for plugging the holes will exceed the cost of a replacement barrel.


Yes, I prefer the gases to vent in a more normal manner. I purchased the firearm because of the price. Barrels are relatively reasonably priced, but I was also curious what could be done to cover the ports. Thanks.
 
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Me I'd buy a barrel and sell mine before I ruin it learning. That said silver solder normally survives at the end of the shotgun barrels for attaching things so I would just fill them with that and see how it goes. (ream the inside when you are done).
No chance that makes economic sense.


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OK, guys. All is well.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I have neighbors good at fabricating items, so I started a casual conversation with one of them. It so happens he was looking for a nice, used shotgun for bird and squirrel hunting and has no problem with ports. Guess what ? He now owns the Mossberg 500. We are both happy campers. Communication is wonderful. Thanks.
 
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I would change the barrel out. If you hint over dogs, your dogs will appreciated not having a ported barrel. Hard in their ears.
 
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I would change the barrel out. If you hunt over dogs, your dogs will appreciated not having a ported barrel. Hard on their ears.
 
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