I have a serious quandry about the sloppiness (rattle) of the fore-end of the Mossberg 500. *My question is: since it is universally accepted that the fore-end is sloppy and it is one of the main things that ppl point to in objection of the 500, why doesn't Mossberg just fix this? Given mass production/economies of scale, let's just say that it costs them $5/gun to clean-up the "looseness" of the pump. That would seem like money well spent for Mossberg, given that it is one of the main knocks on their shotgun. Seems really odd to me. Unless there is a reason for their fore-end being that way that I am unaware of. Oh, and not trying to start a debate, I just chose the 500, but this was one of my personal knocks on the 500 when debating on whether or not to get it. http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f26/12g-hog-home-more-46729/index2.html#post562909 I'm not trying to stir up 870 vs 500 debate. I know what the 500 is. This really is about why Mossberg hasn't/won't/can't address this.