Anyone else unhappy w/ the length of pull on the Mossberg 500 Pursuader?


January 1, 2006, 06:16 AM
I've owned this shotgun for just over two years. It's a fine, reliable gun, I love its six-xhot capacity (with one in the chamber), but am tired of the overly-long length of pull on the gun. I'm selling it to my Dad, who is more comfortable with the gun, but I NEED a replacement! I have an 870 Express, love the length of pull on that gun, but I am less happy with the lower capacity. I plan on selling that gun to a friend who doesn't own any guns, but likes to shoot and doesn't have much money. I want a special-purpose shotgun, with a shorter length of pull than the Mossberg 500 Pursuader, a Matte, Parkerized, or stainless steel finish, not the typical blued-steel. It needs to be capable of holding at least 6 rounds, with 9 being the maximum and a barrel length of 22in max - 18 1/4in min. Ghost-Ring sights would be nice, but I am not that strict that it has to have them. Does anyone have any suggestions, or do the other Mossberg special purpose guns have a shorter length of pull, such as the 590A1?

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Fred Fuller
January 1, 2006, 07:15 AM
Go to
-and see Stock #50663, 590 12 gauge Pump Action, w/field synthetic stock, Ghost Ring Sights, 9-shot capacity, 20" cylinder bore barrel, parkerized finish.

Then talk to Mossberg about whether one of their Bantam synthetic stocks will fit it, or see .


January 1, 2006, 10:41 AM
Model #51520 might meet the requirements:

walking arsenal
January 1, 2006, 01:54 PM
I just took a hack saw to the butt stock on mine and made it shorter.

works good now.

January 1, 2006, 05:50 PM
Go to your nearest gun shop. They can sell you a speed feed feed stock of appropriate length, and a magazine extender.

January 1, 2006, 08:40 PM
I know of a pawnshop that has a remington 870 Mariner. Has anyone had experience with this gun? It's suppossedly stainless steel with an electoless nickel finish.

January 2, 2006, 10:26 AM
"stainless steel with an electoless nickel finish."

That's to make it water-proof.

January 2, 2006, 11:37 AM
I sawed off a inch from the plastic stock of my Mossberg 500. The Screws were parallel, so I ended up using the stock recoil pad, overhanging the bottom side of the stock a bit, but not terribly noticable. I toyed a bit with a fancier adjustable stock, but ended up using one of those thin Japanese style woodworking pull-saws to cut the original plastic stock. They're very easy to guide by hand and make very clean cuts. This cheap solution saved me money and turned out the best.

The shorter stock suits me much better.

January 5, 2006, 12:04 AM
Not a Mossberg, but I cut down the synthetic stock on a Winchester 1300 Defender with good results. The end result wasn't quite perfect cosmetically, but pretty close, and the desired effect was great.

Step One - I determined the exact LOP I wanted. Since this is the house HD gun, I used my wife's O/U as a guideline.

Step Two - I removed the stock recoil pad and wrapped the stock with a couple layers of wide masking tape. I then transcribed a line based on the measurements from Step One onto the tape.

Step Three - With the gun firmly held in a cleaning tray, I cut along the line with a very thin-bladed saw (it's got lots of small teeth). NOTE: I was cutting through the tape and the stock at the same time.

Step Four - Using an old (sacrificial) clothes iron, I melted the cut end of the stock until it was smooth. I then removed the masking tape and trimmed the "burr" with a very sharp knife.

Step Five - I traced the end of the stock onto a piece of paper and took the paper to a gun store with lots of recoil pads in stock. I then found the closest fit, which turned out to be a Limbsaver (IIRC, designed for some kind of rifle).

Step Six - Installed the new recoil pad and tested for fit and function. All was well, and significantly better than the stock "Recoil Enhancement Device" Winchester specs on its guns.

NOTE: Before doing this, you need to check and see if the areas in which the screws holding the recoil pad will work if cut down.

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