Mossberg 500 Pump Action Slugster

Description

The Mossberg 500 Pump Action Slugster is a pump-action hunting shotgun chambered in 12 gauge and 20 gauge. The model 500 is a series of shotguns marketed as an inexpensive alternative for hunters and the Slugster itself costs around $400. It has a fully rifled bore, which is great for discharging slugs. The Slugster is available with either a wooden or synthetic stock and with a Mossy Oak, blue or camo finish. The sights vary from vent rib, rifle to no sights and some versions have only scope mounts. It is also available as a combo that includes two barrels, so the shooter can change Gauge. And, it has an ambidextrous safety. Mossberg recommends the Slugster for hunting deer.

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Specifications

12 Gauge
Capacity:6
Sights:Rifle sights
Features:Available with a ported barrel and adjustable trigger; and has an ambidextrous safety
Gauge:12 gauge
Stock:Synthetic
Wood
Material/Finish:Blue
Camo
Mossy Oak
Scope:Integral Scope Base
Type:Pump
Chokes:Fully rifled bore
Website:http://www.mossberg.…
Weight:7.25 pounds
Barrel Length:24"
Length of Pull:13.875"
Overall Length:43.5"
Drop at Comb:1.5"
Drop at Heel:2.125"
Bore:3"
20 Gauge
Capacity:6
Sights:Rifle sights
Features:Available with a ported barrel and adjustable trigger; and has an ambidextrous safety
Gauge:20 gauge
Stock:Synthetic
Wood
Material/Finish:Blue
Camo
Mossy Oak
Scope:Integral Scope Base
Type:Pump
Chokes:Fully rifled bore
Website:http://www.mossberg.…
Weight:6.75 pounds
7.25 pounds
Barrel Length:24"
Length of Pull:13.875"
Overall Length:43.5"
Drop at Comb:1.5"
Drop at Heel:2.5"
Bore:3"
MSRP$364.00

Editor Review

If the Mossberg Model 500 shotgun was a pickup truck, it would be a Ford F-150.  The one that people buy when they don’t have very strong feelings one way or another.  Like the Ford F-150, the Mossberg 500 comes in a wide array of different versions and there are plenty of after-market parts available.  If you must hunt deer or pigs with a shotgun, the Slugster version is what you’ll want.

The wonderful thing about the Model 500 is the ease with which barrels can be swapped out.  In less than two minutes you can change it from a smoothbore turkey gun into what amounts to a big bore rifle in all but name, complete with a rifled barrel, open sights and scope mount.   The Slugster is often sold as a combo package with both barrels included.

The Model 500 comes in both 12 and 20-gauge.  If you have never shot 12 gauge solid slugs before then I gently suggest the 20-gauge.  A full-power 12-gauge slug can hit you with recoil that is about the same as the .375 H&H.  All you need to know about the .375 H&H is that it considered entry level for hunting elephants and rest assured your shoulder will understand why if you ever shoot one.  While a 12 gauge will provide you with more flexibility to use the other barrel for geese and long shots at doves and pheasants, the 20 gauge Slugster barrel is just about perfect for deer.

Fit and finish is a bit rough compared to higher-priced shotguns.  After a few years of moderate use you will find that the fore-end tends to rattle (although the aluminum receiver resists rust nicely).  It certainly won’t win any beauty contests, but this pump-action design is simple and reliable and has been proven over many decades of production.  Sort of like a good pickup truck – or a good hunter.