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Old October 26, 2009, 06:13 PM   #26
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Hey thanks guys for your help. I think im going 500 as the 590SP I keep seeing on Buds is just a beefy 500 its not the 590A1 for 349.00.

I was set on the 500 when I started looking at 12ga shotguns and then started to lean towards an 870 express but Im hearing the finish has a flaw in them.

The 500 is what Im going to go with.

Now the next thing would you go 18" or 20". I have been looking at the 20" as I get 7+1 vs the 5+1.

Thanks guys.
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Old October 26, 2009, 06:46 PM   #27
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As mentioned before, the 20 incher gives you a couple of more rounds of capacity at the cost of a slightly longer, more muzzle heavy gun that is no longer capable of easy barrel swaps. Try to shoulder and swing both the 18 inch and 20 inch guns and see if you feel a difference. The two shot capacity difference really shouldn't be the deciding factor as far as I am concerned.
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Old October 26, 2009, 08:16 PM   #28
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I think I will do that before I order. I need to stop in to the one shop in town and see how they feel.

My 20ga 1300 Defender was an 18" model and it felt good and was quick and easy to get into the shoulder.

I will check that out and see how it feels. Thanks.
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Old October 26, 2009, 08:52 PM   #29
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Kudos to the 500 - a guy I shot with in AK had 125,000 rounds or so through his with 0 malfunctions. This is not a typo or exaggeration.
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Old October 27, 2009, 10:00 AM   #30
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Go with the 500. It's a plain Jane, but it works. In a home defense situation all the whistles and bells won't make a whit of difference at the ranges you'd be shooting at. You could buy an extra sporting barrel for the 500 with the money you'll save.
As a 590 owner I agree. Not that I'm unhappy with my 590 but I would have a more versatile shotgun with the 500.
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