I've had many Mossberg shotguns and several model 500's. No problem with the 500's. They might feel a bit loose or light, but they've always been reliable without malfunction. I favor the controls over the model 870's. I've had issues with the 590A1, but don't recall any problems with any of my 500's. Funny thing though: as I look at the gun rack in the shop, there's a rifled barrel and smooth bore pair of 870's on the wall.
You guys might get a kick out of this: With the lights on in the shop, and the door pulled away, I see the short black shotgun on the left is a Mossberg 590A1, and the shotgun on the right is a rifled barrel 870.
Guess I can't be accused of single brand loyalty or bashing either one.
Last edited by SteelChickenShooter; September 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM.