What are the really useful upgrades to a plain Jane Mossy 500?

What are the really useful upgrades to a plain Jane Mossy 500?

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    What are the really useful upgrades to a plain Jane Mossy 500?

    I have a mariner 500. Nothing fancy about (except the waterproof orange tube!)

    In terms up upgrades, what would be an economical set of add-ons and what is just eye candy?

    I'm thinking I don't really need a pistol grip on a pump-action (I could be wrong)

    Is a set of sights or rail system a good idea or dumb idea for a HD shotgun? I won't be shooting clays with it, nor hunting.

    I was eying up the options for extra round storage, but the Mariner doesn't have a stock, so not sure if there is an alternative. Any advice would be appreciated.


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    Light, sling, and side saddle to carry extra ammo. Sights aren't really necessary. I hit man sized targets at 100 yards with bead sights (I have never tried any farther).
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    I've tried all manner of stuff on mine, from pistol foregrips to reflex sights.

    About the only useful mods from factory condition, for me, were a sling, fiber optic bead, adjustable stock/pistol grip and a side saddle.

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    A quality side saddle and a light are all a good HD shotgun needs IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Shot View Post
    Light, sling, and side saddle to carry extra ammo. Sights aren't really necessary. I hit man sized targets at 100 yards with bead sights (I have never tried any farther).
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    Well, you could add a lower (upper - lower combination) with something in the phased plasma pulse-laser in the forty watt range...

    Actually, a screw in external shell holder for the Port Side Reciever works nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZOMBIEvs42 View Post
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    I agrree,,,, however... my HD mossy wears a smoothbore barrel with a choke tube. 18.5" is easy to maneauver. I had an old bird barrel cut down and threaded. I also have a rifled slug barrel and full length bird barrel. Anywho.... My HD barrel wears a LARGE fiberoptic on the front, but I will be raplacing it with a set of XS sights 24/7 bigdot shotgun sights eventaully. As far as furniture goes, original stock and forend. its not fancy but it works.
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    Light and side saddle. KISS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Light and side saddle. KISS.
    I got my Mossberg 500 used at a local LE auction. It was already set up with a speed-feed stock, 6 rd side saddle, and 'day-glo' bead on a 18 1/2" barrel, and a short rail on the forearm to mount a light. Its not pretty, but it does the job well.
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    1.) You can pick up a tritium bead sight from Brownells for less than $25.00. Considering that many home defense scenarios occur in the dark, would seem to be a worthwhile option.

    brownells.com/shotgun-parts/sights/front-sights/tritium-shotgun-sight-prod19914.aspx

    The one that fits the Mossberg 500/590 is the 579-000-080WB 5x40 Sight at the bottom of the page.

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    The last new 12G I bought...I had them mount a 6R side saddle on receiver+a sling that held 8 more shells. That was good enuf for me.
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    I went with the steel Butler Creek folding stock, side saddle shell holder, and remote pressure pad 180 lumen flashlight with strobe. That gives me 11+1 rounds of 12 ga and a flashlight in one package, and I have the option of using just the pistol grip or swinging the stock out.

    I had a sling mounted on it but removed it. I figured for HD that may be more of a hindrance than a help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bodhisattvya View Post
    1.) You can pick up a tritium bead sight from Brownells for less than $25.00. Considering that many home defense scenarios occur in the dark, would seem to be a worthwhile option.

    brownells.com/shotgun-parts/sights/front-sights/tritium-shotgun-sight-prod19914.aspx

    The one that fits the Mossberg 500/590 is the 579-000-080WB 5x40 Sight at the bottom of the page.
    Thanks for everyones input.

    But this sight in particular...how does it mount?

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    A mag extension (allows more shots before reloading) and a light. To me, for home defense, anything else is fluff.
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