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krisko09 03-25-2013 04:47 PM

new to me moss 500a
So I've never been much of a shotgun guy, but I picked up a used moss 500 12 ga in a package deal.. guy says it takes 2 3/4 and 3" shells. I don't know what I'll really use it for but I'm hoping to start shooting some clays. Anybody have any suggestions on loads to use?

Also, any after market upgrades t hat you suggest? Would like to get an over mold stock and fore end but Idk much other than that.


mountainman13 03-25-2013 04:50 PM

Great selection. The options for that gun are almost endless. I do decent shooting Skeet with mine and I've dropped pheasants at about 40 yards with it. Great all around gun.
Not sure on the 3" shell thing though. You may want to double check that. (Dont feel like digging mine out). You get the slugger barrel with it?

krisko09 03-25-2013 04:57 PM

No just the field barrel. Have seen rifled one's go for under 150 so I'm not too concerned. I do need more chokes for it though. Only have a modified.

mountainman13 03-25-2013 05:00 PM

You'll be plenty happy with it. I usually just run the slugger barrel for anything other than Skeet.

krisko09 03-25-2013 05:22 PM

Yeah that's what I hear. The action feels pretty loose as well, but considering it was essentially free, I'm not complaining

mountainman13 03-25-2013 05:41 PM

Yeah the action tends to be loosey goosey. Not a bad thing.

thesoulution22 03-25-2013 05:45 PM

For sporting clays, I suggest using 8's or 9's, and don't use the skeet choke, i used it and my shots were spreading way to early, use a modified choke, it might have come pre installed in your gun, it did for me.

MossbergMaverick 03-25-2013 06:42 PM

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Some good just shooting ammo that I just bought was a box of "estate dove load" that seems to work good and is only about $5 or a box of 25. Here is a picture of the box

duddie10 03-25-2013 07:07 PM

The best and cheapest 12 is the federal 100rd pack at wally world 25bucks cant go wrong. The 500s are the acura intergas of the gun world. Look at ati for some nice stock opitions. And magpul if u havent boycoted them yet. Oh and the mossberg ghost ring rear sight is an awsome starting point.

FrontierTCB 03-25-2013 08:27 PM

That's one of the things I love about my Mossbergs, a never ending supply of aftermarket goodies to mod with. Also with interchangeable barrels can be used for HD, trap, or hunting.

My 500 I've had for probably 20 yrs and never a problem. My 590 for about 10 yrs. only complaint with it it's a little muzzle heavy, but of course it's long and I have the SureFire fore end that adds weight. But again very reliable.

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