Back To Top
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
I bought the 500 I gave my son back in 1972, when the steel shot ban came out. $56.
It has taken a beating, constantly. Probably killed 40-50 geese, 10 turkeys, untold ducks and more than a few bunnies with it.
The blueing when new is so thin that it rusted every day I took it in the boat waterfowl hunting. So I automotive strayed the barrel 9action is al) then I use hose paint on the stock, Lexington green, as all the finish disolved in a rain/sleet storm in Crawford county.
I've only had one design/manufacturing failure. the magazine tube 3-shot restrictor was made from 3/16 raw wood. I warped terrible and bound the mag spring. $45 to rebuild it. at Mossberg gunsmith. i replaced with a 3/8 impregnated hardwood dowel. Works good now. I understand that they use a plastic rod now, good thinking guys.
They are low cost, low end finshed, but are cheap. And durable. No comparison to and Rem 870 nor any of my Italian doubles. But they are cheap and durable..again.
For a guy starting hunting, not a bad way to get into the sport.
PS I've shot a 25 at trap with the old clunker. Yep, it got laughs..but 3 of the other guys on line that night shot less than a 25. LOL