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 Post subject: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 9:44 am 
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A follow-up to is post:
http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=438853

Called my favorite local dealer on a Friday and had them order the Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting from their distributor. The following Thursday, it arrived and I picked it up Friday. $857 out the door ($799 + tax and call-in). Since the dealer was having a major anniversary sale beginning that morning and there were literally 80-100 people milling about the store, I just wanted to pick up the gun and get the hell out of there. At the counter, I only opened the box for a general inspection to ensure that all components were present, there was no apparent damage, and did a basic function test. Seeming good to go, I closed the box, completed my paperwork, and got the hell outta there. I hate crowds.

When I got home, out into the workshop I went to get the gun on the bench for a thorough inspection and cleaning. The first thing I notice is upon stripping is... it's dirty. I realize that manufacturers test fire their products, but every gun I've ever bought new that was test fired arrived clean. There usually isn't much residue from firing one cartridge, anyway. Not this one. There were burnt carbon 'stains' and residue on the magazine tube, piston, bolt assembly, inner receiver, and trigger assembly. The inside of the barrel and the choke were dirty. Even the ports had residue in them. There were oily/greasy fingerprints on the receiver, barrel, and wood. It looked the same as my other auto-loaders after I do a 100-round day at the club. This was more than a quick wipe down. I had to do a full cleaning, solvent and all. Not necessarily happy about this, but onward I go.

The fit and finish are pretty well done. More than acceptable for an $800 gun and actually a little better than I expected. The only visually obvious of the 'new coatings' is the cerakoted receiver. The boron nitride and 'additional coatings' of the internals are not as apparent, since I do not have and standard 930 parts to do a side by side comparison. The primary point I want to make is that other than the receiver, there is initially nothing that made me say, "Oh, wow! Check out what they did here!" as the marketing literature and web offerings suggest. However, there were no apparent detractors, either. I put a Birchwood Casey shell catcher on the receiver and the double sided adhesive doesn't seem to stick as well to the cerakote, as it does to blued, or nickel receivers. I somewhat expected this and we'll see if it holds and for how long.

Upon reassembly, I began shouldering and getting a feel for the gun. The butt pad is squishy, but firm. The stock fits nicely against my cheek. The pistol grip is comfortable. Out of the box length of pull, cast, and drop seem to fit me quite well. I have not even opened the bag of included shims and washers. When I mount the gun, with my eyes closed, then open them, my visual is right down the center of the rib and the mid bead is just under the muzzle sight, which is a HiViz green. I'll probably switch the front sight to the small, white tube. Although I don't necessarily use sights, it was good to see that my 'instinctive' mounting position put me where I think I need to be, right out of the box. The forend is a bit 'fatter' than I imagined it would be and I didn't care for it the first time I held the gun. However, after handling the gun for a while and doing several practice mounts, I find it to be more than adequate. Not what I would consider perfect for me, but I adapted quickly to how it feels. The strange 'checkering' of the pistol grip and forend aren't bothersome at all, like I thought they may be. It's more of an etching, or texturing, than a checkering.

I lock back the bolt, drop a snap cap into the receiver, then press the bolt release. Everything looks and sounds great. Upon shaking the gun a bit, there are no rattles. Seems a bit odd to be handling a Mossberg, without having the infamous 'Mossberg rattle'. More prevalent in their pumps, I know, but the few Mossberg autos I've shot over the years had the rattles. This thing seems to be tight. Here's where the trouble begins...

I press the safety forward, then pull the trigger to dry fire it against the snap cap. And I keep pulling... and pulling... and pulling. Finally, the trigger breaks at what seemed to be about a 20 pound trigger pull. Hmmmm... Rack the bolt and chamber the snap cap again. Same results. Hmmmm... Rack the bolt, chamber the cap, and move the safety back and forth between 'Safe' and 'Fire'. The detent in the 'Fire' position doesn't seem to stay in place. It moves back slightly, almost as if it has an extra detent. I press and hold the safety in the 'Fire' position and pull the trigger. Bingo! A nice, crisp, 4-5 pound or so trigger pull! Rack the bolt, fidget with the safety, and pull the trigger several more times with the same results, both hard and soft trigger pulls. Something is amiss with the safety.

My first thought was, "It's a target gun and I don't need a safety. I'll just disable it."
That thought was quickly replaced with, "Just take it back to the dealer and have them return it to Mossberg.", which is exactly what I did. The salesmen, store manager, and gunsmith all were aggravated that Mossberg delivered this well anticipated gun with an issue, but we all know it happens. They are sending it back to Mossberg and I am awaiting it's return.

No photos to post, as I was more intent on checking out the gun and forgot entirely about snapping some pics. When it comes back from Mossberg and I check it out again, I'll include some pics.
As they say: To be continued...



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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 9:22 am 
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When I got mine ($830 out the door) I noticed the safety also, same as what you are describing both on mine and my dads. At first mine would not fire unless I held the safety up with my thumb. After working it back and forth it seemed to be ok. Shot two 100 rd courses with it and noticed the fore-end cap would keep coming loose. Fit me ok after I adjusted the stock down, thought the fore-end was thick and bulky and the gun has some weight to it.

Dad shot his this weekend again, I shot my newer gun. His sight tubes kept sliding out and his fore-end cap wanted to wiggle loose and needed hand tightened a few times.

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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 9:54 am 
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When mine comes back, I'll definitely watch my end cap. The way I see it, I have three options, if my safety is still wonky:
1. Replace the cheap plastic parts with aftermarket metal parts.
2. Simply disable the safety and live with it.
3. Refuse delivery and get a refund.

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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 11:20 am 
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I remember having to replace my safety on my old 835 pump with the metal one. I hope it works out for you, I sold mine and so far dads kept his but was not happy when his sight tubes starting sliding out while shooting sporting clays lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:39 am 
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My first shotgun was a Mossberg 9200 and it was a piece of crap. Promptly got rid of it for a Beretta 390, back in 1999 - 2000.

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose..........


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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:49 am 
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Cflanon any results on your 930 trigger problem. I tried mine and it works perfectly. Ask interested in knowing how long it took for them to fix the problem and get the gun back to you. Looking forward to your findings. GA.


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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:35 am 
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I know what you mean about dirty out of the box. When I bought my 930 a couple of years ago it was filthy inside and out.


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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:02 pm 
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cflanon.....so did they get it fixed and how long did it take...?just curious.....shot mine the other day and performed well......been using in lessons and without exceptions it does fit everyone out there.....pls lemeno if they fixed it and how long it took and what you think about it after they fixed it.....thanks...GA


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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:37 pm 
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I recently got the 930 Pro-Series Sporting and have found it almost perfect. The safety is a little stiff, but functions just fine. The end cap hasn't had a problem but the chokes tend to loosen after a few stations, but that is something I check periodically anyway. I'm a big guy, 6'3", and will likely add a Limbsaver to increase the LOP about 1/2", but it points good as is.

I come from a Mossberg 500, and when my barrel lug broke on my used 500 and Mossberg replaced my barrel free (minus me shipping them the broken barrel), I was hooked on their company. The recoil on the 930 vs the 500 is night and day - I love not having bruising after 4 rounds of skeet. I hope this gives me many years of trouble free service, I am confidant it will, and if something happens I am confident Mossberg will fix it. I hope I can improve my scores, but that will only come with more shooting - looking forward to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:22 am 
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Gil Ash wrote:
cflanon.....so did they get it fixed and how long did it take...?just curious.....shot mine the other day and performed well......been using in lessons and without exceptions it does fit everyone out there.....pls lemeno if they fixed it and how long it took and what you think about it after they fixed it.....thanks...GA


Gil, sorry for the months long delayed response. Been on a break from my online life, to pay more attention to real life.

I'll give a better detailed response in an updated thread, but the short answers here are:
Yes, they fixed it... sort of... but not really.
My gun was gone for about 2-3 weeks.
After yet another breakdown, I am finally enjoying the gun, after I fixed it on my own, instead of sending it back to Mossberg again.

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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:21 am 
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Sorry to hear you had problems with yours, maybe I got lucky- I have just over 4k rounds through the 930 Pro Sporting and haven't had a single failure, no FTF, no FTE, it's been flawless. Safety is smooth, not stiff. Action is smooth as glass. Ammo used Federal top guns, Fiocchi little rhino's, and Remington Nitro 27's, all 1oz. I did a few mods though- got a trigger job, OR3GUN marine spacer tube, comp spring plunger (filed and polished the spring end, too), comp follower, bolt release, Briley bolt handle, Limbsaver recoil pad. The Briley Mod choke did loosen up just a bit after a couple stations, but no big deal, I just check it anyway between stations. This only happened at the beginning, doesn't do it lately..not sure why.
I give it a thorough cleaning after every 200 round shoot.
The wood is as bland as can be and I'm not a fan of wood anyways so I had the stock carbon fiber dipped. I love this thing!


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 Post subject: Re: Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting: first impressions
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:17 am 
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Gil Ash wrote:
cflanon.....so did they get it fixed and how long did it take...?just curious.....shot mine the other day and performed well......been using in lessons and without exceptions it does fit everyone out there.....pls lemeno if they fixed it and how long it took and what you think about it after they fixed it.....thanks...GA


Gil (and anyone else interested in following this), I've finally done an update post on this issue.

viewtopic.php?f=58&t=453268



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