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Southern_guy
September 9, 2007, 12:04 AM
I am in the market for a decent shotgun for self-defense and perhaps a small amount of hunting. I've fired a shotgun less than 10 times in my life, so I am very inexperienced with them.
After reading some articles and talking with a few soldiers, the Mossberg 590 is what I am considering purchasing, due to it's tactical features (bayonet lug, short lenght, rails, etc.) and apparent reliability. The low cost is also very appealing. So, I'd like to know of any of your experiences with the 590 and any flaws that the design has. I'd appreciate any help I can get.

DonR101395
September 9, 2007, 12:10 AM
Since you want to hunt with it also I would suggest a 500. The 590 is a good gun, but not best suited for hunting. I've got two 590s a 20"bbl and a 14"bbl and two 500s a 12ga and a 20ga and have never had a problem with them. The 12ga 500 I've been using since 1979.

Southern_guy
September 9, 2007, 12:38 AM
This might be a good time to mention that I've never hunted anything larger than a squirrel.

gunner79
September 9, 2007, 01:38 AM
dam good shotgun
first gun i bought when i turned 18 was a mossberg 590
never had a problem with it

Hallucinator
September 9, 2007, 04:57 AM
I've got the 590. Terrific home defense shotgun. I'm thinking about picking up a 930 XP semi auto (eight rounds!)

Desert01
September 9, 2007, 06:46 AM
Same recommendation. If you are going to use the shotgun for HD and hunting get the 500. You can get sporting barrels for it, ect. Don't feel under gunned with it the 500 vs. the 590. The 500 is the standard shotgun for the Army. mechanicly they are the same shotguns.

The_Question
September 11, 2007, 07:43 PM
same question, i was thinking of getting the mossberg 500 field/security combo

http://www.mossberg.com/images/Mossberg_Guns/930/NEW/54169.jpg

anyone have experince with this gun?

and a newbie question, do i need a slug barrel to shoot slugs or does it just help in shooting them?

DonR101395
September 11, 2007, 07:55 PM
same question, i was thinking of getting the mossberg 500 field/security combo

http://www.mossberg.com/images/Mossb.../NEW/54169.jpg

anyone have experince with this gun?

and a newbie question, do i need a slug barrel to shoot slugs or does it just help in shooting them?


That would be a nice combo. You can shoot standard foster type slugs no problem. I still don't own a rifled slug barrel. I've been using a 24" slugster barrel since 79. I bought mine as a combo also, a 26" modified choke barrel and a 24" smooth bore improved cylinder slug barrel with rifle sights. I just recently bought me a 24" multi-choke barrel for it.

The_Question
September 11, 2007, 08:53 PM
thank you don for the response, so i shouldn't have to bother with a slug barrel since the foster types should be more then good?

DonR101395
September 11, 2007, 08:57 PM
No, those barrels will be fine.

bottom rung
September 11, 2007, 09:49 PM
Hi, you said that the 500 and the 590 are the same mechanically. Is the only major difference the reciever material? It seems that the 590 reciever is made of steel and that the 500 is made of some lighter material. I know they are good guns, but I was just wondering. I am kind of thinking of picking up a 590 or a 500, I am just not sure yet.

DonR101395
September 11, 2007, 09:58 PM
Bottom Rung I'm not Desert, but the receivers are the same. The primary difference is the magazine tube, how the barrel attaches sight and finish options. All parts are interchangeable between the two. Barrels if you have the corresponding magazine tube. On a form 1 I recently built a 590 from a 14" 590 parts kits minus the receiver. I used a spare 500 receiver that I had. It was basically a leggo kit. Screw the mag tube in, put the internals in, attach the barrel. Complete in about 10 minutes.

Desert01
September 12, 2007, 07:32 AM
Some of the 590's have the Steel trigger group some do not. The 500's have the plasitic trigger groups and are on most of the currently procured shotguns. The clean out tube barrel attachment is the biggest differance between the two models, although the current Mossberg 500 Breaching shotguns use the 5+1 590's clean out tube. You could convert a 500, but the 5+1 barrels are sort of hard to come by and only come in a few flavors 18 1/8" breaching barrel, 14" Short Barreled Shotgun, and 18 1/2" cylinder bore. Add differnat sight options and finishes you have it about covered. Vang Comp makes a +1 extension for it and I believe some of the Choate tubes will also fit.

In all I realy like their shotguns.

bottom rung
September 12, 2007, 10:03 AM
Thanks guys. I like the Mossbergs. As you could see I was a little confused. Now I just really have to decide between the no nonsense 590, or the versatility of a 500. With 500, I could keep a short barrel on at home and throw a longer barrel on for skeet. Thanks again for the help.