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Stupid Mossberg 500 front ends :(

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by F2CMaDMaXX, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm mostly just ranting, so bear with me :)

    For obvious cost cutting reasons, it seems like all/most of the 500 series now goes without an action tube, they just build up ribs inside the forend grip to slide directly on the mag tube.

    This works fine, although i'll be honest, doesn't feel as smooth as an older action tubed 500 i have access to, though it's had a lot more rounds through it than this new one....

    However, try going for a nice new grip, then you've got problems, even with the older action tubed guns, it was too short for most after market 'tactical' type grips, but without the action tube, they're never going to fit :(

    Short version, i'm a lot closer to the price of a 590 now i've spent the extra money on a new action tube, nut and grip :(
     
  2. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Note to self: 590 A1 is the shizzle.
     
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  3. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Yeah, i only didn't plonk for that because it wasn't available with a 28 inch barrel.
     
  4. Qjay

    Qjay Vancouver, not BC, Washington, not DC Active Member

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    At least now you are getting the exact piece that fits your needs, right?

    I do understand where you're coming from, but sometimes we have to spend a little more to make it exactly what we want, and when it comes to shotguns, the 500 is a workhorse.

    How is the new action tube treating you?
     
  5. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'll find out on Wednesday when it arrives, still hoping it all works when it gets here.
     
  6. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Just wanted to update this in case anyone else fancies the upgrade.

    I successfully fitted a magpul forend to the Mossberg 500. The requirements are the action tube for the 500/590, the castle nut for the tube and of course the grip.

    Everything swaps out well and works perfectly, much nicer/more solid feeling pump now.
     
  7. Qjay

    Qjay Vancouver, not BC, Washington, not DC Active Member

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    Awesome! What are you doing with the leftover parts? How long was the tube you replaced?
     
  8. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Nothing happening with the parts, they're just sat here i guess.

    The problem with the 500's in more recent years, is that the forend doesn't have a tube, hence the requirement to fit one, well, if you want a replacement forend grip anyway. The stock version has extended ribs on the inside and it rides directly on the mag tube.