New Mossberg 500 swivel bolt issue solved!
Okay, I admit that I'm feeling just a little extra proud of myself even though it wasn't a matter or rocket science or any other display of amazing human feat.
My Mossberg 500 that I just bought 2 weeks ago needed a sling. Not a problem right?
WRONG! My Mossberg has a big difference between the magazine end than the older ones> Instead of a cap that goes on the end of the magazine, it has a bolt instead. The bolt has a round head with ridges similar to the edge of a dime or quarter.
It stays on the barrle flage by means of a locking nut on the inside threads which thread into the hole in the end of an otherwise solid ended magazine. This bolt is pre tapped and threaded on the head for a swivel eye.
Am I saying this in a way that makes sense? The magazine does not use a standard cap, but a bolt threads into the end of the magazine. A swivel eye bolt then threads into the magazine bolt.
Well apparently, NOBODY carries a sling swivel set that threads into the bolt. Cannot buy just the eye bolt with machine threads, cannot buy a swivel with adaptor>
What I can buy is a whole new ' Uncle Mike's' bolt from Cheaper than dirt for $25.99 plus $12.00 shipping and handling. Plus waiting 3 or 4 weeks for it to arrive.
So here's what I did. Took the barrel off and carried to my local outfitter - who also does not have and cannot order a swivel for my gun - and looked at swivel sets.
WEll, a Winchester 1' swivel & stud set ( part #99740 - bolt action rifle) will work with small modification to the swivel bolt. No modification at all to the Mossberg.
The machine thread swivel bolt is 7/8' long. The Mossberg takes a 1/4' long bolt.
Solution: I cut the eye bolt down to a 1/4' , filed the threads smooth and burr free and
TAH - DAH!
We are in buisness!
Again, no major gun smithing on my part and nothing requiring a degree in engineering....but I am proud I did not have to spend $38.00 when all I needed was a $1.47 eye bolt.
Okay, that's it! :)