I have an older 12 gauge remington 1100 with a 30 inch factory mod barrel that I use for pheasent and grouse hunting along with some informal hand thrown clays and sporting clays a few times a year. It is awesome for pheasants (I rarely miss any birds) and I do well with clays too. But this year I hunted grouse with it and did pretty poorly. Before I bought my 1100 I had a 12 gauge 870 wing master with a 26 in improved cylinder barrel. I had much more success with grouse with this gun, it was shorter for dragging through the brush and I hit more grouse with the improved cylinder. I ended up selling it to fund the 1100. I decided to get another barrel for my 1100, something a bit shorter and handier. What I didn't expect is barrels are expensive for the 1100. I ended up buying (sight unseen, my dad picked it up at a gun show) a barrel with similar vintage to my 1100 with a cutts compensator attached. The good news is it was only $60. It came with mod, full and a thread protector (no choke?) tube. The barrel is 25 inches long. When I bought it I assumed the barrel would be longer and i could cut the barrel and cutts off at 24-26 inches and I would end up with a perfect grouse barrel. I am assuming if i cut the cutts off, a 21 inch barrel is going to swing poorly for grouse? From what I've read they aren't easy to remove other than chopping the barrel? My other concern is that it's going to be much louder than a barrel of similar length? Or even louder than a shorter barrel? From the top, full choke, the cutts compensator, vented (no choke)? thread protector. Did they ever make a non vented no choke thread protector? I guess my options are to chop it off and have a 21 inch barrel or use the no choke thread protector and have a 25 inch barrel with the cutts attached Any thoughts?