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 Post subject: 500 .410 opinions.
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 8:59 am 
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I looking at some used Mossberg .410s on the internet ( UK ) they are all around the same price but a couple look older and have 26" barrels, one looks quite new with a 24" barrel and fitted recoil pad. My question is are the older Mossberg 500 .410s more reliable than the newer models ?
Brand new Mossberg shotguns are expensive over here or I would buy new.



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 Post subject: Re: 500 .410 opinions.
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 9:45 am 
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Gamekeeper wrote:
I looking at some used Mossberg .410s on the internet ( UK ) they are all around the same price but a couple look older and have 26" barrels, one looks quite new with a 24" barrel and fitted recoil pad. My question is are the older Mossberg 500 .410s more reliable than the newer models ?
Brand new Mossberg shotguns are expensive over here or I would buy new.


I doubt the older ones are more reliable, but they likely have nicer wood. Also, the longer barrel is desirable, IMO.


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 Post subject: Re: 500 .410 opinions.
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 8:22 pm 
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Bought one new about 7-8 years ago. It has a 24” barrel and the recoil pad. Don’t know about the reliability of the older models but mine has not had any issues. Use it for squirrel hunting.


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 Post subject: Re: 500 .410 opinions.
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 6:59 am 
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Thanks for replies, the older ones do look good but the newer model with the 24" barrel looks a lot less used.

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 Post subject: Re: 500 .410 opinions.
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 11:36 am 
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One thing to consider is that some of the barrel lengths had different chokes, like the 20" I believe had a MOD while the longer barrels had a Full,

I did have one a few years back that had a 24" and a Mod choke, not sure the age.

Also the 500 .410 is known for feeding issues, most of mine did, I called mossberg and they sent me new shell stops etc at no charge and it was a 10 min fix, annoying but the parts came fast and I new ahead of time it may be an issue, having had a few in the past. Although being in the UK you may have to wait a bit longer for parts Just be aware.

My newest one has been 100% reliable.
also winchester ammo is the most trouble free as far as feeding.

Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: 500 .410 opinions.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:38 pm 
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Thanks Kal52, being in the UK is more of a problem than you think, Winchester .410 ammo is unbelievably expensive $27.42 for 25 and that's if you can find them :shock: and used Mossberg's are more expensive than new ones in the States.
I have just ordered a X Ring survival reloader because availability of .410 shells is pretty restricted over here too.



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