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Old October 8, 2018, 11:11 PM   #1
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Mossberg 500 mag plug.

If you haven't seen one, it looks like a chopstick with rubber O-rings on each end. Is there a bonafide reason for these o-rings?

Twice now, I've had the plug get caught up in the magazine spring, the second time it twisted the bejesus out of the spring.

I ordered a new spring, and my plan is to cut a larger diameter dowel rod to the appropriate length, and forgo the o-rings. Anyone see a problem with that proposal?
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Old October 9, 2018, 05:35 AM   #2
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That's the solution. The only purpose I cs\an see for the O rings is to keep it from rattling. I have used an old wooden pencil or even a stick in an emergency.
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Old October 9, 2018, 06:45 AM   #3
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Even a section of an arrow works fine.
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Old October 9, 2018, 07:12 AM   #4
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Use a dowel rod just large enough to fit inside of the magazine spring.
round the ends and sand smooth, give it a coat of wax and install inside
of the spring.
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Old October 9, 2018, 07:44 AM   #5
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Or a small diameter piece of PVC pipe - doesn't absorb moisture
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Old October 10, 2018, 12:08 AM   #6
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Round off the ends. The stock dowel is cut square and can get caught in the spring.
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Old October 10, 2018, 08:30 AM   #7
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Rem has plastic plugs that come with 870/1100s. They work good in about any
gun I have come across. I had a whole cigar box full of them until Ohio went 3
shot on slug hunters. Now since rifle season it's still 3 shot but it's honor system
no plug required. The older guns had wooden dowels with rounded end that were
perfectly functional. I don't know what Moss thinking was on balloon stick with
O rings. Must be cheaper than 1/2" dowel. I have seen several jam up mag spring.
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Old October 10, 2018, 01:32 PM   #8
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The O ring prevents the plug from simply falling out of the magazine. But you can pull it out without having to disassemble the gun. There is a hole in the end of the spring retainer just big enough for the wooden plug to fit through, but not the O ring unless you pull on it.

There are several companies that make replacement plastic plugs that can be cut to fit

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...l_87zz2prpl5_b
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Old October 10, 2018, 02:02 PM   #9
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"...section of an arrow works fine..." So does a piece of tree branch cut to length when you get out and find the factory plug is at home. It doesn't need to be of a larger diameter though.
"...until Ohio went 3 shot..." Just so you don't feel oppressed. Ontario's been 3 in the gun regardless of the game hunted for eons. snicker.
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Old October 21, 2018, 09:13 AM   #10
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On a Mossberg you essentially HAVE to use the wood plug. Or something that same diameter. As stated, round off the ends a bit, wax it and don’t worry about it. It works.
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Old October 23, 2018, 12:48 AM   #11
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The Mossberg 590 series finally corrected the Model 500 Magazine/barrel retention design problem.
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Old October 23, 2018, 10:50 AM   #12
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"...essentially HAVE to use the wood plug..." No you don't.
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