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Old January 27, 2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Mossberg 500 or 590A1

Is the 590A1 worth the extra cash over the basic 500 model?

I know the differences, but is a 590A1 really twice as good as a 500, because they cost roughly twice as much.
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:54 PM   #2
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Not for me... I have never had a safety tab or trigger group housing break due to plastic materials and i don't need any of the other features of the 590...

Gimme a 500 field and security combo (28 and 18 inch barrels) anyday...

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Old January 27, 2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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I wouldn't say twice as good, the 500 is great....But I prefer the 590/835 over the 500.

Some differences

Take down cap.
Extendable magazine.
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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Love my 500 8 shot but wanted the 590. At the time I did not have the funds and I was trading in a Rem 887 Nitro Mag.

The 590 is a good value IMO.
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:17 PM   #5
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I have both. I really like both. I did put a complete 590 front end on my 500 though because I dislike the 500 screw on barrel design. I don't like the polished stainless bolt on the 500, but I plan on taking the whole thing down and doing a camo job on it.

The 590A1 is a hell of a gun. It's just a rugged beast. The heavy walled barrel does add quite a lot of weight. I would recommend just going with the 590 special purpose. It's a good compromise. Unless you're running a huge amount of rounds through the gun in a short time, you don't need that huge thickness.

Anyways, yes, I think the 590 is worth the extra cost over the 500. The A1 has the cool factor of being a military shotgun, but whether those changes are worth it to you is something you have to decide for yourself. I'd definitely recommend the 590 style though.
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:30 PM   #6
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The heavier barrel add enough weight to help cut down recoil?
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:31 PM   #7
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Another tricky issue with the 590A1 is then I'm getting close to the price of a 930.
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Old January 28, 2013, 12:02 AM   #8
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I own a 590A1 and i like it because it has a screw cap and it is very easy to replace the magazine spring. I believe the 590 is similar without the heavy barrel.

My first shotgun is a Maverick 88 which is similar the 500 except it has a trigger safety instead of a tang safety. I under load by one shell since I don't want to deal with replacing the magazine spring. To replace the magazine spring I need to remove the magazine tube.
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Old January 29, 2013, 11:10 PM   #9
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I have never owned a 500, but to me the 590A1 was worth every penny.

I love mine.

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Old February 6, 2013, 11:48 AM   #10
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mossberg 500 "blackwater" with hogue overmold 380 for the gun +50 for the hogue stuff , then check out Aimpro tactical for ghost ring sights , best of both worlds for cheaper
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Old February 6, 2013, 01:49 PM   #11
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My M590A1 is certainly worth the extra $ it is great,from a Marine Gunny to a fellow Marine. Semper Fi.
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Old February 6, 2013, 09:42 PM   #12
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breakingcontact, I don't know that I'd say the heavier barrel is the reason for less recoil, the 590 overall feels much more substantial than a 500 and I've shot a 500 back to back with my 590A1 and there's quite a bit less felt recoil with the 590. Granted, the stock on an A1 is a little nicer than the bare bones 500 my buddy had, but we split a 100 count box of shells and he developed quite a shoulder bruise even through a heavy jacket and I had none.
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Old February 6, 2013, 11:39 PM   #13
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What I did for my 590A1 was I bought a LimbSaver recoil pad. It deadens the recoil quite a bit when shooting full power 00 buckshot for practice. I keep my shotgun loaded for HD with low recoil LE132 9 pellet 00 buckshot or LE132 15 pellet #1 buckshot.
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Old February 10, 2013, 03:28 PM   #14
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I was trying to decide this as well. I ended up buying the Mossberg 500 Home Defense / Field Combo from Cabellas. It comes with a heavy-walled 18.5" "Breacher barrel" with a white-dot sight and a ribbed 28" field barrel with three different chokes and dual bead sights.

Picture: (I added a LaserLyte tri-rail and a NC Star weapon light)

Only thing I did not like was the stock/forend. The stock was a bit to thin where your hand grips it for me personally. Also, the forend was the cheaper "pinned" style you find on the Maverick 88's. So, I bought a Hogue overmolded stock/forend set ($40) and a Promag PM194 7 5/8" Action Slide Tube Assembly ($40) and I like it much better now.

Picture after the modifications: (you can see the grip area is a bit fatter and curved, which I found more comfortable for me.)

All told, it was still cheaper then a 590A1 and I have the extra sporting barrel for trap/skeet .... it had everything I was looking for.

Just thought I would share.

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Old February 11, 2013, 11:23 AM   #15
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I love my 590A1. If subjected to severe use, I'll take it over a 500 in a heartbeat. Under NORMAL use... It's great, but I would definitely grab a 500 to target shoot/hunt/bust clays with. It's more versatile since you can change barrel length and chokes, and it's not unreliable by any means.
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