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why the price variance in mossbergs?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by coosbaycreep, Aug 23, 2008.

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  1. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep Member

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    I bought a mossberg 500 12 PGO shotgun for $319 last year at a gunshow. Afterward, I came to the conclusion that I did overpay, but I see other ones similar to mine in the $300 range online. Today in a gunshop, I seen a brand new 500 8 shot with a full stock for $199. What gives? The pistol grip is cheaper to manufacture than a full stock. Besides that, I thought all 500s were the same, except for capacity, wood/synthetic/etc.

    I believe mine says 500A on it (I don't feel like getting in the safe and looking at it right now). Is there a different grade of mossberg 500s or something? Why would they have a $100+ price variance on what should essentially be the same model?

    Mine also has a heat shield and dual slide bar thingies. I don't know if the $199 500 I seen today had those or not, but I'm also wondering if maybe that's a reason for the price difference, because my 20ga 500 only has one slide bar, and also rattles quite a bit more than my 12ga.

    I know maverick 88s are suppose to be the economy model, and 590s are the super awesome heavy duty tacticool ninja guns (I really want a 590 BTW), but is there different grades of mossberg 500s as well?
     
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    The Mossberg you saw for $200 had the be a Maverick 88. The price will vary from $250 to around $300 depending on where you are shopping and the model. The big chain stores have them on sale quite frequently.


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  3. p89cajun

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    Academy sales the regular 500 with wood stock for $205. The 88 is around $160 to $175 I belive. I bought the 88 because I liked the safty location more than the 500.
     
  4. MAKster

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    The Mossbergs with the black synthetic stock and 18 or 20" barrel usually sell for around $290. The ones with wooden stock and 28" barrel sell for around $220. I would assume the wood and synthetic stocks cost about the same to manufacture. I think the price difference is a result of the synthetic stock models having the "tactical" label and therefore they charge more.
     
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    There are two places where you're pretty much guaranteed to overpay if you don't know exactly what you want, and exactly what it's worth. Gun shows, and online.
     
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