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 Post subject: Difference between the 500 and the 590?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:17 am 
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I'm just wondering what the differences are. I've heard that the barrel on the 590 is thicker, is there anything else?




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 Post subject: Re: Difference between the 500 and the 590?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:13 am 
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I try to be as helpful as possible when somebody posts a question on this forum, but sometimes I have to wonder if the question hasn't been asked before.

So, in the interest of being helpful, I googled your question:

https://lmgtfy.com/?q=mossberg+500+590+differences


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 Post subject: Re: Difference between the 500 and the 590?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:28 pm 
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Bladeswitcher wrote:
I try to be as helpful as possible when somebody posts a question on this forum, but sometimes I have to wonder if the question hasn't been asked before.

So, in the interest of being helpful, I googled your question:

https://lmgtfy.com/?q=mossberg+500+590+differences


I agree I could have used Google to see what they said there but since this is a forum that generates conversation I thought I would seek out people that at least claim to have personal experience and preferences rather than someone that compares spec sheets.


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 Post subject: Re: Difference between the 500 and the 590?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:50 pm 
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Oldskool62 wrote:

I agree I could have used Google to see what they said there but since this is a forum that generates conversation I thought I would seek out people that at least claim to have personal experience and preferences rather than someone that compares spec sheets.



Maybe, but you're more likely to get fan-boys who sing the praises of whatever gun they bought.

FWIW, I own a Mossberg 500 ex-cop gun (8-shot). The only 590s I've handled were on the rack when I owned a pawnshop. My sense is that the 590 is stouter/heavier. Either will put a bad guy in a body bag, if that's your goal.


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 Post subject: Re: Difference between the 500 and the 590?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:43 pm 
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My first Mossberg I got when I was 10 in 1966. It was a Western Field from Montgomery Wards. I wish I'd never gotten rid of that one, don't we all have those in our past.
Being left handed I should have never started with the Remingtons. I'm about ready to switch back to Mossbergs. My first 870 I got when I was a LEO in the 70s. I really like the look of the Mossberg Nightstick.


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 Post subject: Re: Difference between the 500 and the 590?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:01 pm 
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The 590A1 has the heavy wall barrel. But curiously, so does the Nightstick, even though it is a 590. I assume that you are searching for a HD gun.

I have several 7+1 20" Mossberg 500 riot guns because they have good capacity, no extensions to bind springs, and no heavy barrels because those have too much unnecessary forward weight. I bought them used on GunBroker, most for $200-$250, and about $300 for some old wood riot guns. Wood is good.

I figure, Why spend about $500 for a 590A1 when I can buy two used Persuader riot guns for the same money? A Persuader has a takedown screw rather than a magazine cap. Just unscrew the magazine tube on a Persuader with a strap wrench and maybe a heat gun if you ever need to clean out the tube or change the spring.

Here is a used 20" Persuader riot gun for $230 -- https://www.gunbroker.com/item/847129379

If you are patient, they sometimes sell for less. Also, don't overlook a used 20" Cruiser because you can buy a wood police stock and forend, or a synthetic stock for it. I pass on GRS because a shotgun is not a rifle, and conflict distances are about seven yards or less.

Mossberg no longer markets the Persuaders. The old ATP8 guns still show up occasionally. The 590 and 590A1 guns are expensive. The Maverick 88 models #31046 and #31048 are most like the old Persuaders.

Welcome to the Basement, Oldskool62.

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 Post subject: Re: Difference between the 500 and the 590?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:10 am 
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I've got a 500 and a 590. I was using the 590 at work for a while, where my needs may not have been quite the same as your needs.

For everyday homeowner use for defense purposes, I agree with the view of getting two regular 500's, which can be used for HD but also used for sport. Or one could pivot a bit and buy a 12 gauge for you and, say, a 20 gauge for the wife or g/f. My 500 is currently loaned out with a short slug barrel on it to a friend doing duty as HD. He asked to borrow one back when Obama was prez as he thought his neighborhood might become unruly.

My 590 is nearby in the closet with a full mag and empty chamber. My AK and AR are right beside it, and I have multiple mags for both also close at hand.


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 Post subject: Re: Difference between the 500 and the 590?
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 Post subject: Re: Difference between the 500 and the 590?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:49 pm 
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Oldskool62 wrote:
Being left handed


I bought my kid a left-hand Model 500 hunting in 20-ga., & I've shot it a bunch. I added some LOP spacers & an aftermarket safety that sticks up higher, it works & shoots great.




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