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Fore end nut removal

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by glockrod, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. glockrod

    glockrod NRA-Endow. Life

    Aug 28, 2004
    East of center, SC
    I am trying to switch out to new fore ends on both my 870 and Mossy 500. What is the majic for getting them off. I have removed the Mossy one before and I think it is accessible with nothing more than a flat piece of metal. The Remmy one is recessed into the fore end, so how do I get it out???
    Right off, I am thinking a pair of needle nose pliers spread to fit the nut, but I dont want to scar it up. Is there a better way without buying a special tool?

  2. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    There is no better way then the using the proper forend tube wrench and having two shotguns you need this tool. You can get one that fits both weapons from Brownells or Midway USA

    Until then for the 870. You will find that the slide your breech bolt sits on serves as a forend wrench in an emergency. Take it and find the end that fits down into the slots in the forend tube nut.

    About these pliers and other methods. I rebuild these weapons for a living and I have seen dozens come in with damaged forend tube nuts from all these DIY methods and tools. Since the forend seldomed needs to be removed any of those methods will work but be careful not to damage anything. If your wepaon is not dropped in the sand or gets caught in the rain I only recommend removing the forend when you do your once a year total break down and cleaning. So yes, normal use can get by with no forend wrench but if you use these shotguns and are out in the weather a lot, get a forend wrench and do it right.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2011

  3. pupcuss27

    pupcuss27 CLM

    May 13, 2007
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2011
  4. sciolist


    Nov 11, 2009
    The fore end on my 870 was a little loose from the factory. I cut a short section of 1/8" AL bar to use as a spanner. Just stick it place and rotate with pliers.
  5. glockrod

    glockrod NRA-Endow. Life

    Aug 28, 2004
    East of center, SC
    My original plan worked like a charm. The needlenose pliers fit perfectly for loosening and tightening the nut on the new fore end.

  6. It's is kind of expensive but the Surefire fore ends come with a little flat piece of metal to remove the fore end nut. Cheaper to do what Aippi says.

    Last edited: Jan 23, 2011
  7. sgt-spam

    sgt-spam NRA Life Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    NE Ohio
  8. gnasty1521


    Feb 15, 2010
    DFW, TX
    It's out of stock...
  9. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    Many years ago, I bought a Pachmayr "Vindicator" forend, and needed to remove the forend on my 870.

    Being the cheap son-of-a-gun that I am, I measured the diameter and got a piece of pipe and cut it, until I had two 'nubs' that fit the forend nut.
    (I forget the diameter of the pipe. I loaned it to a guy, and he moved and took the tool!)

    It only took a few minutes to cut the black pipe with a dremel and cut-off wheels, then dressed to size with a file.
    Cross-drill a hole and put a piece of steel rod through it, and you've got lots of torque available (not really needed) to remove the forend nut.