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Mossberg 500 or 590A1

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by breakingcontact, Jan 27, 2013.

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  1. breakingcontact

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    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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    I can't speak for the 500, but I own a 590A1 and LOVE it. Makes for a good defensive shotgun, and can hunt with it as well. It's built like a rock!
     
  3. Carter

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    My 500 gets beat to death and still runs great. Which ever one you buy will run fine. If I was going in to combat I'd feel better with the 590 sure, but for everything I'm going to do with it, up to and including banging it around in situational shooting with very little cleaning, the 500 is plenty.
     
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    When I recently purchased my HD shotgun, I went into the store looking for a 500. They had one. The guy behind the counter told me that he also had a 590A1. I asked to see it. The second I held it, I knew it was what I wanted. In my opinion, it was worth the extra $200. It just felt more solid. The forarm didn't wiggle around like it did on the 500 and I liked the extra weight up front knowing it would help dampen some of the recoil. Also, I don't know if you know this or not but the finish on the A1 will last a lot longer than the 500. It is parkerized and also has some other sort of coating on it which makes it hold help well. The A1 also comes with the Ghost Ring sites if that's what you like.
     
  5. Rob96

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    It really all depends if you want the extra weight of the 590A1 with the the thicker barrel and receiver. In reality the military has been using the 500 with great success. The 500 will meet your needs. I say buy the 500 in whatever configuration you want and spend the rest on a side saddle and ammo.
     
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    590A1 gets you tacticool cred at the range and a larger capacity.
    Buy two 500s and leave them in strategic areas of your house.
     
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    Just to let you know, there is the 500, the 590, and the 590A1.
     
  8. breakingcontact

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    Right, I had a 590 when I was a kid. It was plenty nice enough. This time around, want to go very basic or get a real nice one.
     
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