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Old January 25, 2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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side-to-side play on Mossberg forend?

Just got my new Mossberg 500 and noticed right away that the forend feels a little loose. It will wiggle side to side a decent amount and seems to me like too much play, but I wanted ask other 500 and 590 owners if this is normal, or not.

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Old January 25, 2010, 05:40 PM   #2
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this is very very normal... it bothered me at first but all pumps have it... my 500s,870s and even my nova.... you will get used to it...
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Old January 25, 2010, 05:57 PM   #3
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I'm relieved to hear that. I have fired a pump in the past, but it's been a while so I did not recall this (non) issue, and this is my first shotty :-)

I was also a little disappointed that the 28" vent rib barrel (included along w/ a 18 1/2" barrel) is not threaded for chokes. I (wrongly) assumed it would be.
I guess I may have to buy another barrel w/ chokes if I want increased success w/ clays and bird hunting...
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Old January 28, 2010, 09:10 AM   #4
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probably got a pre 80's model when chokes were more of a specialty thing
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Old January 28, 2010, 09:24 AM   #5
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Not necessarily. I think I read a post around here somewhere that said the combo gun kits did not have removable chokes while the 500 with just the 28inch did.

I could have dreamed it though. I have had some weird dreams lately.
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Old January 28, 2010, 09:48 AM   #6
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99% chance its a older barrel though.If you want to be ssure email mossberg collectors society ....mossberg want tell you themselves they will tell you to email the collectors society .Thats what i did to learn about the maverick 91 anyways . mossberg use to make a 30" barrel in the 70's
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Old January 28, 2010, 11:00 AM   #7
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The combo was a new purchse from Big 5 Sporting Goods, so it's not an older barrel. Since this is about the cheapest combo you can buy in a 500, I suppose they included a non-threaded barrel to keep the cost down.

I'm less disappointed after reading on the barrel that it is a modified choke, which will give me a lot of flexibility.

By the way, would you shoot slugs out of the modified choke 28" barrel?
I know I can shoot slugs out of the 18 1/2" barrel, but I think it would be harder to aim if used for hunting purposes, especially since it is only a single bead sight.
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Old January 28, 2010, 11:16 AM   #8
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I looked a couple places and asked at a reputable Gun Shop in the area and they all said it was ok as long as you did not shoot a sabot slug.
Some will say that you should not shoot any kind of slugs out of a full choke, others disagree.

I have shot 2 slugs out of my 20g Moss 500 with the 28inch barrel with the same choke and intend to shoot a lot more, once I can find a good deal on them.
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Old January 28, 2010, 02:52 PM   #9
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Yeah, they all do that. My 590A1 does it less, since it's got the big fat barrel on it and the forend contacts it when you pull on it laterally. I got used to it especially for how well the gun functions, i can live with a little slop in the pump.
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