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Mossberg 500 at walmart

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by DocBoCook, Feb 13, 2009.

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  1. DocBoCook

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    I found one at Wally world for 207. 12ga 500 model. Should I buy this? I'm weary due to the MSRP being about 100 more on the Mossberg site.
     
  2. J_L_A

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    Yes....buy it. Nothing wrong in my opinion with "Walmart" guns. They buy in bulk to get a cheaper price so you get it cheaper.
     
  3. Geneseo1911

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    Wow..I didn't know they were still that cheap. I gave $213 for my Winchester 11 years ago.
     
  4. DocBoCook

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    Thanks for your opinions. anyone else have thoughts?
     
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    I've been duck hunting with a 500 for 20 years and had an old one sold as a "Revelation M310" before that which was still puttin' 'em down range, but I wanted a new camo model and sold it. My shotguns see NO love in the salt marsh. It's a rugged gun and shoots where I look. I did have to shim the stock for fit, though. It didn't fit me real well out of the box. I hunted with it for years before figuring out I could shim it. It beat the hell out of my face with 3" stuff. After shimming, it was like daylight and dark. All of a sudden, it was not a problem. Add to that I've started shooting 2 3/4" Xpert 3 steel high speed on ducks, and I can go all day with it now. And, after shimming, my hit ratio has gone up because I don't have to crawl the stock to get on the bird. Just raise it to my shoulder and it's aligned with the eye.

    That's a good price on a really good field gun. I shoot lefty due to an eye dominance problem and really like the Mossberg's ergos, the tang safety, the lack of a shell elevator in the way while reloading. It's a po boy's Browning. :D
     
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    500 is a good pump. Walmart can afford to buy tons of guns at a time so hence the lower price.
     
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    msrp means nothing...as stated walmart buys bulk...go for it, i have had one for 25 years almost
     
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    i got minue used for $225 two years ago. i have lots of other guns but it is my favorite, multi-tool type gun. its cheap, hard to kill, and kills hard. i use it for hunting, trap, and i like the sound it makes. kchunhg
     
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    Walmart guns are fine. Walmart has bargaining and purchasing power, so they can afford to bring lower prices to the consumer.

    I think there's also a bit of confusion since some people get more "home defense" type 500s, i.e., with synthetic stocks and shorter barrels. These types tend to cost more than the 28"+ wood stocked, "hunting" 500. Of course, you would think less of a barrel and no wood would technically mean a cheaper shotgun, but that's supply and demand at work, I suppose!

    I believe Wal-Mart only sells the 28" one with wood furniture. That seems to be the one at my local Wally World anyway.
     
  10. jimmyraythomason

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    I no longer buy guns from Wal-Mart because of problems I've had with (with the guns)them. If I were looking for a pumpgun I would buy that one. At that price you can correct any problem with it and still have a good price.
     
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    Im either going to get the same 500 you are talking about or the synthetic 870 for 257 for my brother for his B-day. I have 2 friends that have that $207 500 and they have had no problems with it.
     
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    Great price on a great gun.
     
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    Hasn't been recently, but I've seen the camo version like mine there.
     
  14. DocBoCook

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    they do have the wood furniture one there with the 28" in barrel. Would keep that barrel and get the shorter for HD, and keep the other for slug deer hunting in IN. they also have a 835 for 300.
     
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    I'd say get it.
     
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    Paul34 and MCGunner:

    Ask to see their special order catalog. You might be able to get the synthetic there, and we definitely have a few different camo models available. Truth be told, most we don't "buy in bulk;" a lot are ordered from Sports South, Inc. If you were so inclined, you could even pick up the Mossberg 535 for around 240 (Mdl. 500 with 3.5" chamber) or the 930/935 (their basic autoloader and its magnum counterpart) for under 400.
     
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    Wow, great price!!
     
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    I got her. She looks clean. I need a name and now to get a barrel and pistol grip for HD. Any recommendations?
     
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    I strongly urge you to NOT get a pistol grip for the shotgun. BAD idea.
    A barrel can be had from Mossberg with 18.5" and either bead or rifle sights. They have pretty good prices. I bought the rifle sight version for $110 from them a couple of years ago. Cylinder bore.
    The wood on yours in actually more desireable for a lot of people, so when you get the stock/forend you want, you should be able to actually make your cost back in a resale.
    Go for a short LOP for home defense, unleess you are 7'9" tall, and your arms drag on the ground.
     
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    i wounder my wal-marts in omaha N.E. dont have guns any more for sale? lots of ammo but no real guns in the stores any more.
     
  22. DocBoCook

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    LOP? Explain what you mean by no Pistol grip?
     
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    Wal-Mart quit selling guns in quite a few of their stores for economic reasons only. The manager(s) has to have an FFL, and then if they move the process gets messy, and a lot of stores sold a very low volume of guns. They still sell guns in some stores in pretty much all areas.
    The guns they sell are no different than the same brand guns sold elsewhere, except for an occassional special run. In most cases, regardless of where you bought the gun, if you have a problem I would say your best chance of success getting the problem resolved is dealing with the manufacturer directly. Unless of course, you are willing to pay more money and deal with a gun store that will give you a complete refund or exchange.
     
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    buy it, the 500 is bullitproof
     
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    You really shouldn't make any changes yet. What you *need* to do is get a selection of reduced-recoil buckshot and various slugs and take them all to the range and see what works well for you.

    I am a strong believer in getting the basic platform dialed in before trying to make any mods, especially if you have no baseline from which to decide if the modification actually was a good idea or not.

    Most folk that I know that put a pistol-grip buttstock on 'to make the shotgun look more tactical, like an AR' wind up not liking it so much.
     
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