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Mossberg 5500 Mk II

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Old 03-02-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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Mossberg 5500 Mk II

Today my brother gave me the family shotgun my dad left us. He used it mostly for quail hunting. The last time he used it he mentioned it having trouble cycling and sure enough when I got it home it doesn't seem to want to load a new cartridge when I cycle the bolt. I guess I am just going to take it into my LGS unless anyone has any suggestions. I took the barrel off and gave it a cleaning but nothing really jumped out to me as far as what could be causing it. It's my first shotgun and want to take good care of it since it was my pop's.

Also, my brother seemed to think it could hold 6 rounds but I was only able to get it to hold 2+1. I googled the original product manual which made some comment about a capacity limiter but it didn't seem to make much sense to me.

I have a few other general questions since this is my first shotty, like with shells I can use and such. Where is a good place to start my journey?
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
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2+1 means you have a dowel in the magazine tube. looks like you'll just need to unscrew the magazine cap, and shake the dowel out. That's the capacity limiter that's required by most state hunting laws

From what I've seen, made in the late 80s/early 90s, 2 versions: 1 for 2 3/4" shells and 1 for 3" shells. the gun made for 3" shells has problems cycling lighter 2 3/4" target/field loads.

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http://www.mossbergcollectors.org/5500.pdf

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Old 03-03-2013, 08:54 AM   #4
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2+1 means you have a dowel in the magazine tube. looks like you'll just need to unscrew the magazine cap, and shake the dowel out. That's the capacity limiter that's required by most state hunting laws

From what I've seen, made in the late 80s/early 90s, 2 versions: 1 for 2 3/4" shells and 1 for 3" shells. the gun made for 3" shells has problems cycling lighter 2 3/4" target/field loads.

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I bet that's what it is, it makes total sense based on the situation. Thanks for all the info. Time to waste a day at work "learning".
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Man it is a sweet gun. My mom took my uncle's old mk II out hunting. She loved it. I had to break it down and clean it. For one of the first weight piston drives. It was a pain for a complete break down. Once I cleaned the whole thing inside and out. I still had 2 fte. I ran 30 more rounds with out a problem. I hope you can get it back in good working order. Did you get the camo version?

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Man it is a sweet gun. My mom took my uncle's old mk II out hunting. She loved it. I had to break it down and clean it. For one of the first weight piston drives. It was a pain for a complete break down. Once I cleaned the whole thing inside and out. I still had 2 fte. I ran 30 more rounds with out a problem. I hope you can get it back in good working order. Did you get the camo version?

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Right on. When I took this one apart there was a wooden stick in to act as a plug in the tube. Once I took it out I can hold 5+1. With the stick it was 2+1.

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Well on the plus side I got the wooden stick (capacity limiter) out. Now to figure out where all these parts go...
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It was a difficult break down but the assembly is horrible. I found PDF manual and that helped some. The inertia weight and the clip was the hardest part. I left the dowel in ours so my mom can go hunting. I just wish she would let me clean all the collection lol.

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I spent more than a few hours with this gun tonight. After a heavy cleaning and a thorough inspection of every part it's cycling beautifully. It was a hell of a learning experience and it was incredibly rewarding. Thanks for the help.
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