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Just won a new Mossberg 500 in a local raffle from the Marine Corp League. Awesome guys. (Actually bought my ticket the day my little bro was moving back from Camp LeJune). I've had several rifles and pistols in my life but only one shotgun. A Remington 870 that's been passed around the family, and I gave it back to said brother. The Mossberg is one of those "Turkey Tactical" set ups. Six positions stock, saddle on the stock, and wrapped in Realtree camo. I love the looks of it, but not familiar with the platform. Anything I should know about it? Not too fond of the safety with the pistol grip, but hey, free gun! I'm also big on modifying anything I have, so are there any useful upgrades I should look for? Thanks in advance!
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Still haven't broke her down and cleaned it good yet
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Trick to safety is to leave it off. ( on an empty chamber of course)

Otherwise, its a pump action. What do you really need to know?

Don't short stroke it?
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Thanks. Nice avatar btw. I really couldn't forsee any major problems because it is a pump. And don't really see any potential problems because it's a Mossberg. It's almost as straightforward as you can get. But it seems like for whatever weapon it is there's always someone that suggests to swap out this or that for whatever reason. That's what I'm looking for. It seems good to go out of the box. Just needs a few minor home defense strap on goodies like a light and I think it's good to go.
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Looks great as is. If you wanted to upgrade, maybe a tube extension to squeeze another 2 loads into the magazine.

Other than that, looks great as is. I would suggest NOT putting on a vertical forgrip. Have seen those kill many a shotguns.
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Definitely no vertical grip, but the extended tube is in the works.
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I'm a fan of extended fore ends. Don't have to reach out so far.
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Odd to think of a pistol grip on a bird gun; supposed to tuck your elbows at ducks?
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I tried to tell my wife that I won this gun and that gun, but for some reason she does not believe me..
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Lmao....she actually heard this one announced on the radio with me...my wife that is
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congrats on the new SG...good fer you!

Two things to check on with the newer mossbergs.

1) Do be extra firm on your pump action early on ...they can tend to be "short stroke" sensitive until they get some break in.

2) try various ammo as many owners are reporting that various loads are getting hung up in the chamber/barrel and won't extract without a lot of force..basically shutting your fight down.

i have an older 500 cruiser that gives me no issues with any load, but I have a newer mariner.. basically your gun in the marinecote..not the camo, and it'll do fine with quality buck/slugs that have thick walled shells, but load some bird shot in there for snake shooting etc and those shells once fired will swell just enough that it takes a major effort to get them out.
if i used that gun for lighter shot I'd have to spend some dremmel tool time or get it into the armorer which would over run the cost of these low end guns...as it is, that gun was bought with the intent of only being a buck shot trunk gun tool anyway.

but I'm just saying...check it out with various ammo to know what you've got...mossberg consistency is a problem for them these days it seems.
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2) try various ammo as many owners are reporting that various loads are getting hung up in the chamber/barrel and won't extract without a lot of force..
Mossbergs don't have chamber probs, 870 Expresses do. Mossbergs shoot anything as a good shotgun should.
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Put a scope on it and go turkey hunting with it. It will hold a nice pattern over 5o yds.
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Looks like a turkey gun. is it chambered for 3" or 3.5".

Check that out: should be labeled on the barrel. It is a benefit if you can use multiple length shells.

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I don't believe they chamber the 500s for 3.5" . . .

3 inch only (which, of course, works with 2-3/4")
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500's only come with 3" chambers. That's no problem, as the 3 1/2" 12 gauge has no business other than big steel shot. That's my opinion any way. You can get 2 ounces of lead in a 3" shell, how much more do you need? If it was mine, I would try and ditch the stock, and go with a standard or better yet, a thumb hole. I never liked those "tactical" stocks on any gun. The thumb hole still allows a more vertical grip, but is more comfortable, at least to me.
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500's only come with 3" chambers. That's no problem, as the 3 1/2" 12 gauge has no business other than big steel shot. That's my opinion any way. You can get 2 ounces of lead in a 3" shell, how much more do you need? Even a 3 1/2" shell, I've never seen over 2 1/4 oz. If you are going to be messing around with that kind of load, you don't want it coming out of a 7 pound 12 gauge, you want a 10 gauge. Plus the 10 gauge patterns better with the heavy loads (12's can do just as good, but it takes more trial and error). If it was mine, I would try and ditch the stock, and go with a standard or better yet, a thumb hole. I never liked those "tactical" stocks on any gun. The thumb hole still allows a more vertical grip, but is more comfortable, at least to me.
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