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Old 03-29-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Just bought a 500 and I can only fit 2 shells in the mag. I guess there's a plug in it...I can't get the tube off to save my life! Help!!

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Old 03-29-2012, 08:53 PM   #2
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on the 500, and 500A there is a wooden dowel in the magazine that they use as a plug, you should be able to screw the magazine off of the reciever without too much problem, if it's stuck, spray some penetrating fluid, like zep 45 or wd40 on the area where the magazine and reciever meet.

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On my 500, you don't have to remove the mag tube from the receiver, only the cap from the end of the mag tube. I have used a pencil as a "plug" when i used one.

By "cap", i mean whatever part #19 is called; it stays attached to the barrel when you remove the barrel from the shotgun. http://www.gunslot.com/files/gunslot/images/70148.jpg

Of course, my 500 is old, bought used in 1995 (while on the way to dove hunt).

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orangello is correct. many people use a small piece of wood. remove the barrel hold upside down and shake

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on the 500, and 500A there is a wooden dowel in the magazine that they use as a plug, you should be able to screw the magazine off of the reciever without too much problem, if it's stuck, spray some penetrating fluid, like zep 45 or wd40 on the area where the magazine and reciever meet.
No ^^^ this is what I mean. There's a wooden plug inside. I have to remove it. Wolf I've tried everything...its not budging. Might have to take it to a gunsmith

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No ^^^ this is what I mean. There's a wooden plug inside. I have to remove it. Wolf I've tried everything...its not budging. Might have to take it to a gunsmith

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Nah. Get the dowel loose if it is stuck. it is supposed to be in the middle of the spring. With the barrel removed hold it butt up. U should see it there in the barrel stud screw hole. Shake it a little back and forth in this position. No luck with it falling out but see it? Get a sharp pin and move it thru the hole till it is centered and falls out. STILL no luck!?

Liberally spray the mag tube at the receiver with WD-40 and let it rest overnight tube UP. Next day, put one of those fan belt wrenches/bottle openers on the tube near the receiver (do not put the wrench on an oily tube) and slowly turn the tube out. Be careful of loaded mag spring! Remove dowel. Replace spring, follower and mag tube.

Go to range. Load five, yes FIVE, American made 3" magnum shells in the tube and fire them out. Relish the last two as they are two more than the standard Remington 870 will take no less cycle reliably these days!
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Heeyyyy!!! It worked. Thanksss!!!

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LOL You're very welcome. Hey -- where's my "thumb's up"!?

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I can fit 5 shells in my 870 without the plug. But I don't need that many ever.

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I can fit 5 shells in my 870 without the plug. But I don't need that many ever.
Hmmm... You mean 4+1 2-3/4". How many 3" can you get in the tube magazine alone? Think you're down to 3+1 vs. the Mossberg's 5+1.
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