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Old September 16th, 2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Shortening the LOP on a Mossberg 500?

Hi Guys. What would be your sugested solution for shortening the Length of Pull on a Mossberg 500? If I go with something adjustable am I stuck with a pistol grip?

The situation is that I took my Daughter out busting clay today and we are finding that she is having a difficult time operating the pump and the weapon 'just feels too long' for her. The brat still hit more clay than I did.

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Old September 16th, 2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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aww aint she a cutie.... good job. A pretty woman needs to be able to handle a shot gun when they move out of the house.


I suggest the mesa tactical shotgun adapter.

Here is a kit that includes everything. you could just get the adapter and use cheaper components if your on a budget.

http://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Magpu...a+tactical+500



if you really are financially keeping it simple go with the blackhawk
http://www.amazon.com/BLACKHAWK-Spec...stock+mossberg


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Old September 16th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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I suggest finding a stock maker in your area who can take the measurements and get a good for for her.

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Old September 16th, 2012, 03:54 PM   #4
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Here's how you can measure her LOP using a yard stick.
Finger is where the trigger would be.

Arm put at 90 grees & read the ruler.

So my LOP is about 15 1/4".

I can't tell by the pic what the stock material is. If it is wood its easy to cut alittle off the buttstock & refit the pad.

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Brownells p/n for a youth stock for mod 500 they show $69.99

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For about 3x the price of a new buttstock you could get her a youth model 20 guage (Mossberg 500 or Rem 870). She could take it with her when she grows up & moves out.

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Old September 16th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #7
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I would hazard a guess that her LOP is somewhere around 10” inches, looking at the picture. And for shooting clays stay away from pistol grip stocks, it gets in the way of proper sight picture for quickly shooting of clays.

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Old September 17th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #8
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Thank you for all of the advice Gentlemen. If I'm understanding what I'm being told and what I've read the adjustable route leads to a more flexible weapon, the measured fixed leads to a better pointing skeet gun.

My current thinking is as follows. It's already a 20" 7-round tube pump, so it's already suboptimal for serious skeet shooting. The weapon's primary purpose is to repel borders and we're blowing up orange Frisbees as a training aid, not for serious competition -- still, we're having such a good time with it I do not wish to completely ruin the gun for that.

Philip, if I may ask, How does the grip change the sight picture? I realize that form follows function and real clay guns are shaped as they are for a purpose, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around that.

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Old September 17th, 2012, 08:35 PM   #9
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Ok the best I can explain it is the angles, the factory shotguns have the angles down pat for quick acquisition of flying targets not ground targets. If you look at the pic of the two shotguns you can see the difference of the angles. Also the pistol grip totally changes your grip of the way you would shoot. If you want to keep that shotgun the way it is set up for home defense you have a few different options. One you can get a used shotgun and have a stock maker shorten the stock to her LOP. Two you can get a spare BBL of 28Ē and have a stock maker modify a spare stock for her LOP and change them out when you go skeet shooting. Three you can get just a spare stock made and change them out. My honest recommendation if you have the money for it is to get a used Mossberg 500 in 20 gauge, and have a stock made to her LOP, let the stock maker know you donít need an expensive piece of wood and preferably just see if he can make the existing wood work. Personally I like the 20 gauge for shooting skeet, if you hit something with a 20 then you can hit it with a 12.

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That makes perfect sense. Thank you for taking the time to explain it to me.

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