Mossberg stock too long

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    Mossberg stock too long

    I bought a 590 used and replaced the collapsible pistol grip stock with an original stock because the pistol grip got in the way of of the safety.

    But now the original stock is a little too long for me. I'm a short guy, 5'6", and when I measure from my elbow to trigger finger, it measures at 12". My stocks LOP is 14".

    What can I do? There don't seem to be any collapsible stocks without pistol grips on the market. Could I cut the poly stock down a few inches, sand it and replace the recoil pad?

    Any other options?
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    Go to someplace such as Brownells or Midway and look for a youth model stock.
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    Remington79 nailed it. For a Fighting Shotgun, a short stock is the way to go. And a youth model general does the trick.

    I have my doubts about being able to cut down the factory stock that you have now. If its hollow, and just has a spot on either side to attach screws (for the recoil pad), you might cut them completely off, by taking an inch or two off the stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    Remington79 nailed it. For a Fighting Shotgun, a short stock is the way to go. And a youth model general does the trick.

    I have my doubts about being able to cut down the factory stock that you have now. If its hollow, and just has a spot on either side to attach screws (for the recoil pad), you might cut them completely off, by taking an inch or two off the stock.
    yeah, or more problematic is when it LOOKS solid when you remove the recoil pad, and the cut it only to find it's a hollow shell or maybe a foam filled hollow shell.... been there, done that.
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    https://store.magpul.com/product/MAG490/shotgun

    Magpuls can go down to 12.5 inches
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashamans View Post
    https://store.magpul.com/product/MAG490/shotgun

    Magpuls can go down to 12.5 inches
    That looks like a winner to me. Just more than I want to pay right now.

    Thanks guys.

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    Mossberg at one point offered an "entry team" stock. It was shorter and designed to be used with heavy armor.
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    You could cut it down and use a kick-eez recoil pad. You can go online and download a template that fits your stock the closest and then sand it to fit perfectly. I did it to a Moss 500 and it turned out great. Take the plastic butt plate of and see if it's hollow or if it's wood first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierLife View Post
    I bought a 590 used and replaced the collapsible pistol grip stock with an original stock ... Could I cut the poly stock down a few inches, sand it and replace the recoil pad?
    "Youth" model of stocks exist, for certain shotguns.

    There are some after-market suppliers (ie, Choate, Hogue) that make some alternatives.

    So long as the stock doesn't have an interior element integral to the recoil or operation of the shotgun, sure you can cut down the stock. Any stock maker ought to be able to do it, though any carpenter likely has the skills as well. I'm not that familiar with the innards of stocks on the various shotguns, but if you check the exploded diagrams of the model from the manufacturer you'll get an idea of what might be in the way of a shortening. If you do shorten the stock, you'd need to reshape the butt pad you attach, as well. Most are sized for roughly the factory stock offerings.

    Had a custom stock made for a rifle, once, and the stock maker had to take an after-market butt pad and reshape it during attachment. Worked nicely. Wasn't on a shotgun, though, so I can't speak to the Mossy 590 in that respect.
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    I put some Hogue stocks on both an 870 and a 590.

    Ended up taking them off because they both put my hand right up against my face.

    The shorter length of pull therefore would cause me to punch myself in the face on every shot.

    But then, I'm 6 foot not 5'6" so it will probably be in your best interest to try a youth stock.

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    I put a Hogue shortened stock ( 12 1/2" ) on my Mossberg 500 HD last year. I'm 5'8". It now fits me like it should. Cost about $84 including shipping.

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    I actually ended up with a tacticool Blackhawk stock and pistol grip. It's nice for HD plus it's great for turkey hunting. The recoil system they claim is good, really is good. It tames those 3" turkey mags. The stock is adjustable, which is what you are looking for. The pistol grip does not get in the way of my safety. They make these for Mossbergs as well.

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    I removed the factory stock on my Mossy 590A1 and replaced it with a Magpul SGA stock. It's about 12.5" and has additional spacers to increase the LOP. It affords a very good cheek weld.

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    I have cut down a few plastic stocks. You can only remove less than an inch or so without loosing the screw holes. The taper of the stock will narrow the screw spacing if you go more than that. I cut on a table saw using a paneling blade. I also removed the recoil pad and replaced it with a rubber butt pad that was less than 1/2" thick. That gave me just less than a 2" reduction. As our son grew I put the original pad back on , and then a new stock. Who knew he would be the only one in the family over 6'.

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