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Old 02-12-2021, 09:11 PM
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Mossberg 12 gauge 500A question?



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Just got a used Mossberg 500A from a fellow co-worker, with a 24 inch barrel (with accuchoke), along with a 24 inch, fully rifled barrel (ported), with a Simmons 44 Mag scope attached. A few little scratches on the receiver, but the barrels are near mint condition.

If I decide to shoot slugs through the rifled barrel, what brand slugs seem to work well with these barrels? Also, I'm not a big fan of the Black Plastic stocks....are standard Mossberg 500A Wood stocks, compatible?

thanks.... I paid $150 for everything
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Old 02-13-2021, 01:52 AM
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That's a great buy. You may need some forarm parts in addition to the stock. I understand some action bars are pinned directly on some synthetic models. Wood stocks should not be a problem to find. I also suggest a real steel safety to replace the plastic one. The 500 are a very reliable and dependable workhorse.

In rifled barrels you need sabot slugs. It's not suggested to use foster slugs for rifled barrels but I suppose you can shoot them. I would focus on the 24 inch barrel with bird and buckshot. I'm not a fan of shotgun slugs but I only have smooth bores. A modified choke should do well for anything from skeet to HD.
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When I use to shotgun hunt every year I used a Mossberg 500 with a cantilever barrel and scope. The barrel was rifled and my favorite slugs for it were the regular 2 3/4" Foster slugs. It would shoot 3 slugs touching at 50yds, a very good deer killer. I tried many different slugs in it but for that combo and the distances we were typically shooting I could not see paying the prices for sabot slugs when the fosters shot so good and just hammered deer.

Bust thing to do is buy a box of each style and go out and take a beating shooting. Use a lead sled to save your shoulder. Biggest problem with many deer hunters is they just pick up a shotgun and some slugs and think they can start hunting. You have to know where that slug hits at your ranges you will shoot. I got sick of watching deer running that had legs and other parts shot off by dumb hunters.

Sorry for the rant, sounds like you will head down the correct path.
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Old 02-13-2021, 10:22 AM
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Thanks for the replies, I will try several types of Slugs....and possibly look into wooden furniture. I didn't really need another shotgun, but this was too good of a buy to decline, and several friends have gotten their Son's into pheasant hunting. It's nice to have a loaner for a teenager.
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