Mossy 500 vs. 590???


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Archangel14
June 2, 2013, 01:36 PM
What's the difference between these two platforms?

I'm not really familiar with the 590. Any issues with it?

Thanks!

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Fred Fuller
June 2, 2013, 09:40 PM
Basically the only difference is in the design of the magazine tubes. The older 500 has a 'blind' magazine tube that has to be removed from the receiver if it is to be cleaned, have a mag spring changed etc. The 590 has a 'pull through' magazine tube that can be accessed by removing the magazine cap.

Take a look at http://www.mossberg.com/manuals/500%20MILS_500M%20MILS.pdf for a little history.

As to issues for the 590, no more than with the 500 - there was a batch a couple years ago that seemed to have weak magazine springs, but that's a cheap and easy fix and not a big deal as long as it's is diagnosed and taken care of, and I haven't even heard of that problem surfacing lately. My only 590 is a Marine finish bead sight standard model (not A1), and I've never had any trouble with it (other than removing the paint the previous owner applied quite liberally :D).

justice06rr
June 2, 2013, 09:51 PM
I've shot Mossberg 500's but never the 590. I own a Mossy 500A Marinecoat now and it shoots just fine and utterly reliable. Bought it from a friend for a screaming deal $250 although it is little older (maybe 10yrs or so) but still looks new.

The 500's seem to be cheaper as well. In my area a Mossberg 500 with 8-shot capacity is $299.

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