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Thinking of getting a shotgun soon. Most likely a Mossberg. I know the primary differences between a 590A1 and a 500 are that the 590A1 was built for military duty (Thicker barrel walls, metal triger gaurd and safety). I didn't know if I needed the heavy duty barrel, and I know I can replace the trigger gaurd and safety on the cheap. So is there a real advantage to getting the 590A1. There seems to be a pretty big price difference.
 

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Thinking of getting a shotgun soon. Most likely a Mossberg. I know the primary differences between a 590A1 and a 500 are that the 590A1 was built for military duty (Thicker barrel walls, metal triger gaurd and safety). I didn't know if I needed the heavy duty barrel, and I know I can replace the trigger gaurd and safety on the cheap. So is there a real advantage to getting the 590A1. There seems to be a pretty big price difference.
The 590 has the longer magazine tube and higher capacity.

There is not and extended mag option with a 500 (short of replacing the entire mag tube).
 

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The 590A1 model I was looking at was the 51660 9 shot ($457), the 500 model was the 50577 8 shot ($313). I did not know if it was worth the $144.00 difference for 1 more 2 3/4 shell, metal trigger gaurd, metal safety and heavy duty barrel.
 

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The 590A1 model I was looking at was the 51660 9 shot ($457), the 500 model was the 50577 8 shot ($313). I did not know if it was worth the $144.00 difference for 1 more 2 3/4 shell, metal trigger gaurd, metal safety and heavy duty barrel.
That's a decision only you can make.

For me the standard 6 shot 500 is plenty. But the price difference was quite a bit more. I picked up the gun for $87 in an on-line auction and the 18.5"" heavy walled accu-choke barrel was another $69.



Cuda,

You also have to replace the barrel on the 500 if you put the extended tube on it.
 

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I wouldn't pay the extra. I have a westernfield shotgun. Basically a 500 rebranded. It was a department store. Anyway I paid 50 for mine used. They are great guns. For around 350 you can get a new one all synthetic stock with 26 inch and 18 inch barrels in the same package. Not a bad deal if you ask me.

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I wouldnt pay the extra either. I checked it out and I liked it but the weight and extra tuffness wasnt needed for what I was going to use it for. Im not jumping out of helicopters and buttstocking any terrorist any time soon so, the 500 is good.
 

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I was in the same situation a few months ago and decided on the 590. Mainly for the factory ghost ring sights. They are well worth it for shooting slugs. It is heavier than the 500, which is somewhat noticeable when carrying, but the extra weight does helps reduce felt recoil. You can't go wrong with either one, but I think that the 590 is worth the extra coin.
 

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eh...if you wanted a dedicated defense gun, there's nothing wrong with a 590

but like the rest of the guys said, a 500 with an extra barrel and furniture is plenty of gun and more versatile.

I have a 500 still in the American walnut stocks with an 18.5 barrel. It'll get the job done and has a timeless look to it. I might add a barrel clamp style flashlight mount, but that's about it.
 

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I have a 590A1, and I really like it. I put a side sadle of 6 on the receiver and another on the butt stock. I really like the ghost rings that come with it. It makes it really accurate for slugs.
 

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I was in your shoes about 3 months ago and eventually settled on a 590 (model # 50660). There were several Mossbergs on sale through Gallery of Guns, and I was able to get mine for $380 after taxes and transfer fees. At that price, I couldn't pass up the 9-shot capacity, heat shield, bayonet lug, etc.

It looks like their model # 50645 is on sale until January 31st. Prices will vary based on your local dealers though. I'm pretty sure the 50645 is the same as the 50660, but the 50645 is blued and the 50660 is parkerized.
 

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I was in your shoes about 3 months ago and eventually settled on a 590 (model # 50660). There were several Mossbergs on sale through Gallery of Guns, and I was able to get mine for $380 after taxes and transfer fees. At that price, I couldn't pass up the 9-shot capacity, heat shield, bayonet lug, etc.

It looks like their model # 50645 is on sale until January 31st. Prices will vary based on your local dealers though. I'm pretty sure the 50645 is the same as the 50660, but the 50645 is blued and the 50660 is parkerized.
I spend a lot of time on GoG great gun search features. I think I truly want a 590A1, though the surfacing of the XDm .45 may put this plan on the back burner. We will see.
 
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