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How to Get a Mossberg 500 Stock Off?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Brass Rain, Aug 30, 2010.

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  1. Brass Rain

    Brass Rain Member

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    Sounds like it would be obvious, I know. Take off the rubber plate and use a long, flat-head screwdriver to remove the screw inside the stock. But that's not working. It feels like they welded the thing in there. I'm bracing it as well as I can, and am even working the screwdriver with a wrench at the base, and it hasn't even budged. I added a few drops of oil to try to lubricate the screw from the washer, but still nothing.

    Any ideas? I ordered a collapsible stock to put on, and figured I'd try putting on the pistol grip my 500 came with just to try it out before the new stock comes in. But this is really frustrating. :banghead:
     
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    Give the screwdriver a good sharp RAP! while trying to turn it. That will usually break free stuck fasteners...
     
  3. Brass Rain

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    Yeah, smacking it a little didn't seem to do anything, and I don't want to risk stripping the screw. I've wrapped the end with some electrical tape, but if I mar it beyond repair, I'll be stuck. And it hasn't moved a bit. Would this be something to bug Mossberg or a gunsmith over? I don't want to think that it's just not possible to get off. I mean it's just a screw, it shouldn't be this difficult.
     
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    mine was actually a 1/2'' bolt with a screwdriver slot in it ....

    did ya check it ? maybe you can get it with a socket ,extension an ratchet ..
     
  5. Brass Rain

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    No, I'm pretty sure it's just a round-headed screw.
     
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    Yah the old ones had round head screws. Heres what I did. Get a 1/4 drive flathead screwdriver bit, a 1/4 socket on an extention, and a reg. ratchet or breaker bar. hold down on the ratchet while trying to losten the bolt. This will give you better leverage. Works for me on all my "older" guns. Hope this works.
     
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    When I took mine off, it was some kind of bolt with a hex-slot in it that needed an allen wrench to remove it. Shine a light in there so you're sure what it is you're trying to remove.
     
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    Remove the trigger group and rotate the stock to loosen it.

    rich
     
  9. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    Those suckers can be a little rough sometimes. Especially if they have been in "weather". First off, Spray just a touch of WD40 in there and then try the 1/4 drive with extension suggestion first. If that doesn't work, go for RandKL's suggestion of removing the trigger group and rotating it slightly to loosen it. If it is an older model 500 it will indeed be a bit of a bear sometimes. Good luck

    Oh yeah, If it isn't too much for you to afford, I personally would replace it with a hex head so you wont run into that problem again. Much more leverage with them.
     
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    +1 on using a screwdriver bit in a socket on a long extension and a 1/4" ratchet. Works for me every time.
     
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    Or get one of those small impact drivers that use screwdriver bits, like you'd use on motorcycles, they're pretty cheap, and you know you'll find future uses for it anyway.
     
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    A ratchet wrench with an extension arm and the appropriate head was by FAR the easiest solution for my 500...

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    Are you sure it is a slotted screw? Mine was a 1/4" hex.
     
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    Mine was a slotted hex screw...

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    mine unscrews from the reciever with some profanity and veins popping out of my forehead.
     
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    after you have it out go to the hardware store and buy a hex head for it and no more problems in the future. I did and it is nice.

    Slotted head screws are stupid and should never be used ever again for any reason. Grrrr.
     
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    It is a massive pain, I just literally did the same thing to my new 500. It looks as if it is just a screw, but it is actually a bolt. A good socket or ratchet set would help you with removing it, that's what I had to do. Although, that pistol grip, while looking cool, isn't necessarily the most fun to shoot, which you probably know. The collapsible stock on mine is so comfortable to shoot, it's almost a joke.
     
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