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Hushpower Mossberg 12g Pump-Action Shotgun

Jules Whicker keeps quiet… with his customised Hushpower Mossberg 12g Pump-Action Shotgun

I expect most readers will already be aware of Hushpower’s moderated shotguns. Distributed by the Saddlery & Gunroom, the range includes single-shot models from Baikal, pump-actions from Mossberg and most recently a double-barrelled O/U model from Investarm. I hope to review the latter in due course, but it is the Mossberg that is the subject of this article.

Based on the tried-and-tested 500-series, versions are available in .410, 20g and 12g, in both 2+1 (Section 2) and 5+1 (Section 1) formats. Whilst I like the little .410, my own choice went to the more versatile 12g. It wasn’t just the facility for a quick second shot that won me over either: in my experience, whilst the single-barrelled guns are quieter than the pumps, they are not as powerful. I put this down to the un-moderated section of the barrel being shorter on the S/B guns than on the pumps (where the moderator cannot start until the barrel clears the magazine end cap) and so lowering pressures sooner. Whatever the reason, I was happy to give up a degree of suppression in exchange for range.

The gun

In itself the Mossberg 500 is a straightforwardly reliable pump-action shotgun, but essentially without refinement, so expect plain woodwork, a mushy trigger, and a rattlesome fore-end.

The Hushpower version is supplied with two barrels. The standard barrel shows a 28” tube, featuring a set of flip-reducing ports near the muzzle, a basic interchangeable choke system, and a vented rib fitted with a white intermediate and a silver muzzle bead. The moderated barrel, meanwhile, is based on a rib-less 28” tube, the last few inches of which are drilled with 4 rows of 2 or 3 ports spaced evenly around the bore and housed in an aluminium tube that contains 8 baffles and projects 9.5” ahead of the 3/4-choked muzzle. The moderator can notionally be stripped for cleaning but I’ve yet to get mine unscrewed.

The size of the moderator means that the gun is inevitably muzzle heavy with the suppressed barrel fitted, but in practice the imbalance is not as excessive as it appears to the eye, thanks to the use of lightweight alloy in the moderator’s build and the fact that much of its volume is necessarily empty space. All the same, it does take a bit of getting used to before you start to hit moving targets with anything like the instinct of an un-moderated gun. That said, once you get it swinging, it just keeps on going!

Cartridge choice

Although you can feed a Hushpowered shotgun high-velocity cartridges, there’s not much point, since no amount of suppression at the muzzle will stop the supersonic crack of the shot as it flies through the air. Consequently it’s worth investing in some subsonic cartridges, such as those specifically loaded by Eley for these guns. For some reason, however, these are only available in 32g #6, and 28g #7 ½ and #8 shot loads, which is OK for pigeons, doves and clays, but less than ideal for rabbits and crows. What’s more, given the same MV, the larger shot retains its energy better, extending the effective range by a few useful yards.

I liked the Hushpower Mossberg enough to buy one, but soon I started to look into ways of enhancing its handling and effectiveness. Fortunately there are lots of after-market accessories for this model, though most only fit the 12g version. My first move was to order a Hogue over-moulded stock and forend to replace the factory woodwork. Hogue’s stippled rubber grips usually provide excellent grip, but in the case of the Mossberg I found that whilst the forend lived up to expectations, the pistol grip was too thick and too tightly radiused for a good hold, making the gun very uncomfortable to use, so it was time for a re-think.

In the end, the answer to the problem of how to get better grip and control over the Mossberg’s graunchy trigger was to fit one of ATI’s rugged but inexpensive AR-style collapsible stock and pistol-grip sets. This came complete with adapters for Winchester, Remington and Mossberg pumps, as well as a soft rubber butt pad, and took less than 15 minutes to fit.

The new stock raised the sightline, however, making the gun shoot higher than before. As it happens, I had already identified sighting as an area that required attention, since the lack of a rib on the moderated barrel and the raised position of the bead at the end of the moderator together make it hard to judge where the shot pattern will be centred. Consequently, I added a Mossberg Weaver rail, for which the receiver is already drilled and tapped, and onto this I fitted an Eotech holographic sight.

As the Eotech is designed for use with ARs, the sight-line is perfectly matched to the ATI stock. Moreover, the field of view is wide, and the parallax-free design ensures that you always know where the centre of the pattern will be, even if you are less than consistent in mounting the gun.

With the stock, grip, fore-end and sights sorted, it was time to fit a sling - an essential on any rough-shooting gun. The ATI stock was already fitted with a swivel stud, and the magazine end cap drilled and tapped for one, so I contacted Vic and Cheryl Havlin at http://www.havlinsales.com in the US, who specialise in Mossberg spares (plus a friendly and efficient service), and ordered suitable studs for both barrels. With these fitted I selected a camouflage neoprene sling from the wide selection at my local gun shop and attached it to the studs with a pair of Quake QD swivels from my spares box.

That camo sling got me thinking too. I’d noticed that quarry was often spooked by the sight of the Hushpower’s big black moderator swinging on to them –and who can blame them!- and decided it could do with some camouflage too. Initially I applied some tape, but it soon got tatty so I looked around for a neoprene cover. Unfortunately, all the standard designs were either too narrow or too short for the Hushpower. This time it was that excellent forum, http://www.airgunbbs.com, sponsored by J.S. Ramsbottom, that came to the rescue, in the shape of a member called William, who took down the relevant dimensions, offered me a choice of camo fabrics and in no time at all had run me up a tailor-made sleeve that hides and protects the moderator beautifully – and all for just £14.

My final goal was to obtain some improved ammunition. Eley were prepared to load some other shot sizes - but only if I ordered 50,000! - so I decided to buy a press and load my own. Having got a second-hand MEC press running again with the help of Ian Charlton of Clay and Game Reloaders (http://www.claygame.co.uk), I took some of the Eley cartridges apart, examined their components, laid in a supply of suitable shot, powder and fibre wads, and began a series of iterations that ultimately produced a potent subsonic load throwing 33g of #4 shot and capable of flattening a rabbit or crow at 45 yards.

The Mossberg wasn’t bad to start with, but it’s now one of my favourite pest control tools – quiet enough not to cause undue disturbance to quarry, livestock or neighbours, but versatile and powerful enough to take down anything on the General List at normal shotgun ranges.

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User Comments
  • very interesting test how much 12g i live nr boston lincs which is my nearest dealer many thanks

    Comment by: p j thompson     Posted on: 04 May 2009 at 08:28 PM

  • Expect to pay around £500 for a standard stocked 12g Mossberg Hushpower. Further details are available from The Saddlery & Gunroom (Telephone: 01959 573089 E-mail: hushpower@btinternet.com)

    Comment by: pat farey     Posted on: 05 May 2009 at 11:50 AM

  • I too have a hushpower mossy 500 12g, and like you I find the eley subs a bit soft at range. Would you be able to supply some custome loaded cartridges?
    I find the standard fore end grip on mine feels a bit "loose",, does the Houge fore end make for a marked improvement in your opinion?
    Thanks for your time

    Comment by: Matt Goodwin     Posted on: 11 Jul 2009 at 12:38 AM

  • Just out of interest, could I please ask what model of EoTech you are using?
    It's a bit hard to tell from the pictures what it actually is.
    Many thanks,
    Chris

    Comment by: Christopher Patterson     Posted on: 20 Oct 2009 at 01:36 AM

  • Hi Chris,

    thanks for your query. It's an Eotech 551.A65/1 i.e. it takes 2 x N-size batteries and has the third button at the rear to access the extra-low-intensity brightness settings for NV use. Eotech no longer make this model, however, having replaced it with the XPS series that features a transverse-mounted CR123 battery.

    The Eotech is a bit OTT for the Mossie, but it matches the height of the AR-style butt perfectly and provides both a wide field of view and a highly-visible reticle.

    Whatever, the system works well - I was out on Saturday morning with the Mossie and had 4 crows (flying) with 4 shots.

    Best wishes,

    Jules

    Comment by: Jules Whicker     Posted on: 20 Oct 2009 at 02:35 PM

  • Thanks for getting back to me Jules.
    It's a shame the 551 has been discontinued but the XPS looks like a nifty bit of kit.
    I suppose the XPS might be even better than the 551 for mounting on a shotgun because of its diminutive size?
    You mentioned the EoTech matches the AR style stock perfectly which is great to hear but have you ever tried the EoTech while using a standard stock?
    It's been suggested to me that this combination may result in an uncomfortable shooting position.
    Would that be your opinion too Jules?
    Thanks for your help.
    Chris

    Comment by: Christopher Patterson     Posted on: 21 Oct 2009 at 03:40 PM

  • Chris,

    I wouldn't use an Eotech on a shotgun with a conventional "dropped" stock for precisely the reason you suggest. Better choices would be any of the low-profile micro red-dots such as the Docter sight, Burris FastFire or Deben reflex sight. Alternatively, although I've never tried it, it may be viable to improvise an "iron-sight" system that lets you sight consistently along a moderated barrel using components from something like the Truglo range of fibre-optic weapon sights.

    Regards

    Jules

    Comment by: Jules Whicker     Posted on: 21 Oct 2009 at 07:04 PM

  • That's great Jules, thank you very much for your insight.
    I'll look into the options you suggested for a standard stock and also the possibility of fitting an AR style stock to go with an EoTech.
    Thanks for your time.
    Kind regards,
    Chris

    Comment by: Christopher Patterson     Posted on: 21 Oct 2009 at 07:25 PM

  • hi can somebody help me i have a 500a pump action and i have found out can use magnam cartrages in it but can somebody tell me what the maximum presure in bar is of the 500a ??

    Comment by: PAUL     Posted on: 29 Oct 2009 at 11:34 PM

  • Your best bet would be to get on to the Mossberg website and ask them.

    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 30 Oct 2009 at 12:23 PM

  • Hi I am thinking of buying the Hush power moderated shot gun 12 go is it allot quieter or is it just a bit
    Martin

    Comment by: Martin Shenton     Posted on: 15 Nov 2009 at 05:37 PM

  • To be honest making a 12-gauge truly quite is not easy. With sub-sonic ammo there is a difference and even with standard power a reduction is noticeable. But it still makes quite a noise, plus you have all the handling penalties associated with a moderator the size of a drain pipe. It's not like a 22 sub-sonic let's put it that way...

    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 16 Nov 2009 at 10:05 AM

  • Anyone know where to get the ati or similiar collapsable stock for the 500, as i keep getting the response "unable to send out of usa"!!!!

    Comment by: scott     Posted on: 12 Mar 2010 at 02:48 PM

  • I believe that Blackhawk do a recoil reducing stock for the Mozzy 500 as well as the Remy 870. It takes the form of a CAR15 telescopic-type and is imported by Edgar Brothers. Give them a bell on 01625 613177 and they should be able to tell you your nearest stockist.
    Cheers
    PM

    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 16 Mar 2010 at 09:18 AM

  • Hi, Im just about to purchase this mossy, but cant find the ATI stock you picture ANYWHERE!! Im aware that they make several models including a nice folding one which flips over the body of the gun..

    If im honest Id prefer this type as it will be easier to store in my existing gun safe but would plump for the one you picture if I cant get one.

    Please tell me where/how I can buy ATI stocks in the UK as suppliers from the states just wont ship here!?!?!

    Cheers

    Rob

    Comment by: Rob     Posted on: 06 Aug 2010 at 06:59 PM

  • Seriously where did you get that stock?? I cant source it anywhere!! Desperately trying to replicate this setup and thats the missing piece in the puzzle!!!

    Comment by: Lee     Posted on: 20 Aug 2010 at 09:50 AM

  • I've just given my gun dealer the list of components for this gun (or asked for good alternatives) and they tell me its ilegal to put this stock on that gun because it takes it under the legal length. I'm hoping this isn't right or you have found some way to keep it at a legal length??

    Comment by: Lee     Posted on: 20 Aug 2010 at 02:05 PM

  • Hi,

    Ive finally found the UK supplier... yep Edgar Brothers!! should have read more above!!

    They do normal (similar to original) stocks from their standard range.. but do the collapsable AR type (above) made by ATI and the fold over one (which I have ordered) from their police and military range.. they also do quite a few other cool stuff like ammo holders for the stocks and side of the gun..

    Now heres the thing.. being a normal police officer, I have had no problems gaining this bit of kit, however when speaking to EB they have serious reservations about supply.. this is because if you subsequently use the stock on a shorter barrel, you will effectively have a gun which is under the legal limit.. not by much.. but it is illegal.

    That said, all of us who hold a firearm or shotgun lisense do so with an air of assumed responsibility.. that said I recomend calling EB and explaining like me, that you NEED this stock so that you can fit your Hushpower Mossy into a standard gun safe. EB are great and im sure you should have no problems buying one. Mine was eventually supplied through CH Westons of Brighton.

    Hope this helps folks

    Rob

    Comment by: Rob     Posted on: 21 Aug 2010 at 10:25 PM

  • Yeah like you I had discovered a lot of that and have met resistance from EB about it but I'll persevere and see what happens. Thanks for the info.

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    Comment by: term paper     Posted on: 23 Dec 2010 at 05:34 PM

  • can anyone gice me a phone number or contact details of WILLIAM the man who makes hushpower moderator covers??

    Comment by: Ian Lewell     Posted on: 10 Feb 2011 at 08:52 PM

  • Jules Whicker responded to Ian Lewell's query on moderator covers as follows;

    "I have an e-mail address - william.gehrke@ntlworld.com - and a web address - http://www.woodfield-gcp.co.uk/Fabric-Bottle-covers.htm you can pass on. The latter doesn't list moderator covers, but I'd be surprised if he wasn't prepared to make one to order."

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 16 Feb 2011 at 12:32 PM

  • Hi,just a line to let you all know that i now own this very shotgun and have had it a while now .Still gets used every other week got rid of the hushpower barrell, and stock due to concerns regarding legallity in length .A great gun checkout pigeon watch for pictures cheers all mark.

    Comment by: mark williams     Posted on: 04 Mar 2012 at 11:13 PM

  • Hi Mark - could you elaborate on what the legality problems regarding length were? Thanks

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 13 Mar 2012 at 09:33 AM

  • because i did'nt require the hushpower barrel i sold it but apparently putting on the 28 inch or 24 inch barrell that came with the gun made the overall length less than the legal minimum with the adjustable stock on. The measurement is taken in the fully closed position so this overall lenght was to small so fitted the standard plastic stock and now swap between the 2 barrells with no problems as stated it's a great gun , cheers .Mark.

    Comment by: mark williams     Posted on: 14 Mar 2012 at 09:15 PM

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