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Old 10-27-2012, 01:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey guys so i bought a mossy 500 over the summer and have since upgraded to an ATI stock kit. This kit also came with a tactical looking forend with rails, but the problem is that my gun was manufactured this year and has the action tube basically built into the factory forend. I have read online that in order to use this new forend, I will need to buy an action slide tube but I'm not exactly sure which size and if it will just swap out that easily. Any advice on this?
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That's a new one on me. Some pics would be a big help. So you're saying you can change your forend if you wanted to without replacing the whole magazine tube?
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Hey guys so i bought a mossy 500 over the summer and have since upgraded to an ATI stock kit. This kit also came with a tactical looking forend with rails, but the problem is that my gun was manufactured this year and has the action tube basically built into the factory forend. I have read online that in order to use this new forend, I will need to buy an action slide tube but I'm not exactly sure which size and if it will just swap out that easily. Any advice on this?
you are correct in what youve read. your ati forend will have spacer adapters with it to adapt to the action tube length so it is not crucial. theyre made in 6 1/2" and 7 5/8" lengths. i would reccomend the 7 5/8" because its easier to fit and work with, and adaptable to a wider variety of forends. the best source for mossberg 500 parts is here http://www.havlinsales.com/model500.htm. it will swap very easily. its a straight forward dis-assembly and re-assembly. im sure there are youtrube "how to" videos on the process. feel free to give us a call if you have any tech questions and we can talk you through it, Brothers In Arms - (830)-391-7677


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That's a new one on me. Some pics would be a big help. So you're saying you can change your forend if you wanted to without replacing the whole magazine tube?
on some of the post 2006 made moss 500 guns, some were made with a polymer forend that was actually made for the moss maverick 88. it is a solid polymer forearm with the arms actually molded and pinned into the polymer forend. its a non removable forearm 1 piece unit.

its a nice upgrade to replace that one piece forend with a correct action tube. the one piece mossberg maverick 88 forend that ended up on some of these 500s' is prone to failure and puts a lot of stress on the action arms actuating the bolt.
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you are correct in what youve read. your ati forend will have spacer adapters with it to adapt to the action tube length so it is not crucial. theyre made in 6 1/2" and 7 5/8" lengths. i would reccomend the 7 5/8" because its easier to fit and work with, and adaptable to a wider variety of forends. the best source for mossberg 500 parts is here http://www.havlinsales.com/model500.htm. it will swap very easily. its a straight forward dis-assembly and re-assembly. im sure there are youtrube "how to" videos on the process. feel free to give us a call if you have any tech questions and we can talk you through it, Brothers In Arms - (830)-391-7677




on some of the post 2006 made moss 500 guns, some were made with a polymer forend that was actually made for the moss maverick 88. it is a solid polymer forearm with the arms actually molded and pinned into the polymer forend. its a non removable forearm 1 piece unit.

its a nice upgrade to replace that one piece forend with a correct action tube. the one piece mossberg maverick 88 forend that ended up on some of these 500s' is prone to failure and puts a lot of stress on the action arms actuating the bolt.
Thank you for the quick response, ive taken it apart to clean before so disassembly and reassembly wont be a problem. I'll order the 7 5/8" one soon and see how it goes
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no problem. i forgot to mention, i would reccomend a forearm wrench. just a little cheapy like this guy, http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Hand...sim_sbs_misc_2, would work great. theres a castellated nut that holds the forearm on the action tube and its hard to reach with the ati furniture. its worth the money to save the frustration and marring of your gun.
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Originally Posted by BrothersInArms View Post
you are correct in what youve read. your ati forend will have spacer adapters with it to adapt to the action tube length so it is not crucial. theyre made in 6 1/2" and 7 5/8" lengths. i would reccomend the 7 5/8" because its easier to fit and work with, and adaptable to a wider variety of forends. the best source for mossberg 500 parts is here http://www.havlinsales.com/model500.htm. it will swap very easily. its a straight forward dis-assembly and re-assembly. im sure there are youtrube "how to" videos on the process. feel free to give us a call if you have any tech questions and we can talk you through it, Brothers In Arms - (830)-391-7677




on some of the post 2006 made moss 500 guns, some were made with a polymer forend that was actually made for the moss maverick 88. it is a solid polymer forearm with the arms actually molded and pinned into the polymer forend. its a non removable forearm 1 piece unit.

its a nice upgrade to replace that one piece forend with a correct action tube. the one piece mossberg maverick 88 forend that ended up on some of these 500s' is prone to failure and puts a lot of stress on the action arms actuating the bolt.
Thanks for the heads up on that. I was not aware of that. I was also looking at getting a cheap Maverick 88 for my son. Maybe not now. I have 3 Mossberg's 2 500's and an 835, never had a problem with none of them. I didn't think Mossberg and Failure belonged in the same sentence. So maybe I'll pass on this one, or is it not one of these non removeable forearm pieces?
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Thanks for the heads up on that. I was not aware of that. I was also looking at getting a cheap Maverick 88 for my son. Maybe not now. I have 3 Mossberg's 2 500's and an 835, never had a problem with none of them. I didn't think Mossberg and Failure belonged in the same sentence. So maybe I'll pass on this one, or is it not one of these non removeable forearm pieces?
http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...025+4294961476
no problem, glad to help. that academy model 88 does in fact have the 1 piece non removeable forearms. with that gun your looking at a $65 action tube + the cost of whatever forearm you decide to put on it. its money better spent to just go with the moss 500. the 500 also has a thicker wall receiver that is made from a higher grade of aluminum than the model 88. mossberg doesnt even technically make the model 88. they own the patent and its manufacture is sub contracted out to a company in texas.
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Yeah, I agree. That's what I'll do, is look at a different model and get a 500.

This is the 835 I have except mine is synthetic black furniture. Maybe I'd consider this for my son.

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the 835 is a good choice. the vent rib and ported barrel make for a nice selling point. the availability of rifled slug barrels for the 835 is nice too.
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Originally Posted by BrothersInArms View Post
the 835 is a good choice. the vent rib and ported barrel make for a nice selling point. the availability of rifled slug barrels for the 835 is nice too.
I also like the interchangeable optional threaded chokes available too. It's been a very good reliable gun so far. Not a problem one.
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