Mossberg 500 Cleaning

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by AIKIJUTSU, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    I have just bought a Mossberg 500, 18.5" barrel, 5+1 pump gun. The cleaning instructions imply that the barrel must be removed to facilitate cleaning. Is that really necessary? I'm concerned about causing excessive wear, and want to prolong the useful life of the gun.
     
  2. aandabooks

    aandabooks Active Member

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    They slide right out of the receiver after you've take off the forearm. Everything comes right apart and then you can really get in to clean the internals and oil the forearm slide. Also makes so when you pull a boresnake or rod through the barrel, you aren't getting any residue in the action of the gun.

    If your shooting birdshot, once a year or every couple thousand rounds isn't going to cause any significant wear.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    you will wear out before the mossberg does from dissassembly reassembly for cleaning.
     
  4. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    All correct, except you don't need to remove the forearm to remove the barrel. Unscrew the end cap and easy peasy. Clean the barrel from chamber out, the same direction the shot or slug travels. Reassemble in reverse. I've had my Mossy for almost 25 years. I use it for hunting, clays, hd...no excessive wear here.
     
  5. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Thank you all. I don't expect to do a lot of shooting with it, so I'll clean it whenever I expect it to be sitting for a couple of weeks or more. I bought it primarily for home defense.

    Thanks
     
  6. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    I have had mine for 20 years. I bought it used. The internal parts are parkerized and show no wear. It is estemated to be a mid '70's manufacture. You really only need to break it down after 200..500 rounds. Just clean the barrel every time. I use mine for upland bird, water fowl, coyotes, rabbits, clays......
     
  7. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    OK, thanks. I didn't know how sturdy the 500 was, but I guess I can clean it maybe 4 times a year.
     
  8. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Clean it, light (very light) oil and let it sit. No need to clean it after that if you don't use it. Shoot it, clean it. Don't shoot it, no need to reclean it.
     
  9. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    It's easy to remove the barrel with the pump pulled back halfway.
     
  10. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Mossberg Takedown Video

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbWcPdTRBI]YouTube - Mossberg 500 Disassembly[/ame]
     
  11. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Thanks for the show-n-tell!
    It helped a lot!
     
  12. Striperhound

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    I'd like to try my hand with coyotes this year. What shot & choke do you use at what ranges? Thanks.