Mossberg 500 vs 590

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Don_Mega, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Don_Mega

    Don_Mega New Member

    Looking into purchasing a shotgun. I was wondering what some differences between the Mossberg 500 and 590 were? Is one model better than the other?
  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

    590 is longer and holds more shells (9 vs. 6), has a heat shield, and bayonet lug, has an option for ghost ring and blade sights.

    500 is a bit shorter holds 6 shells, they do make a 500 special purpose that can come with sights, bayo lug and heat shield, but most are a bit more plain Jane.

  3. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

    thicker barrel on the 590A1s and magazine tubes

    From Mossberg 500 Wiki:

    Model 500 vs. Model 590 vs. Model 590A1[edit]

    Mossberg 590 with 20-inch (510 mm) barrel
    The primary difference between the Model 500 and Model 590 is in magazine tube design. The Model 500 magazines are closed at the muzzle end, and the barrel is held in place by bolting into a threaded hole at the end of the magazine tube. Model 590 magazines are designed to be opened at the muzzle end, and the barrels fit around the magazine tube and are held on by a nut at the end. The Model 500 magazine facilitates easy barrel changes, as the barrel bolt serves no function other than holding the barrel in place. The Model 590 magazine facilitates easy cleaning and parts replacement, as removing the nut allows removal of the magazine spring and follower.

    Parkerized Mossberg 590A1 with M7 Bayonet, upper picatinny rail, and modified standard 590 heat shield
    The Model 590 has a plastic trigger guard and safety and a standard barrel. The Model 590A1 has an aluminum trigger guard and safety, and a heavier barrel, intended for military use under extreme conditions and rough handling; the metal trigger guard was added in response to the 3443G materials requirements, and the heavy barrel was added at the request of the Navy. The 590A1 is generally sold through military and law enforcement channels, though in most jurisdictions the 18.5-inch (47 cm) and 20-inch (51 cm) models may be legally purchased by private persons. 590A1s with 14" barrels are Title II firearms, and may be purchased by private persons in NFA-legal states. [2][3]
    The riot gun versions of the Model 500 (Persuader and Mariner) are available with an 18.5-inch (47 cm) and 20-inch (51 cm) barrel depending on magazine capacity. The 590 is only available with a 20-inch (510 mm) barrel and flush-fit magazine tube. The 590A1 is available with a 14-inch (36 cm), 18.5-inch, or 20-inch (510 mm) barrel. One model sold as Model 590 (catalog item 51663) is technically a 590A1, as it uses the heavy barrel and military trigger group, but unlike models designated 590A1 it is sold on the civilian market.
    Unlike Model 500 and 590 shotguns (with the exception of ghost-ring sight 590 models), Model 590A1 shotguns cannot be easily fitted with the factory heat shield, due to the heavy barrel. A heat shield and bayonet lug are required for military 3443G Type I riot shotguns,[2] and some 590A1s are so equipped, but it is not clear if the 590A1 heat shields have ever been offered for sale by Mossberg outside of the military market.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2013
  4. hq357

    hq357 New Member

    Mossberg 500 accepts diffrent barrels ;)
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    the 590's tend to be a bit more rugged and take more abuse. they are designed for defensive and military offensive roles. the 500's are geared more towards hunting wih a simply enourmous selection of barrel options and accessories from dedicated slug barrels to blackpowder.

    not many barrel options for 590's but ive successfully used mine for dove hunting. the lack of choke options means you have to have em put in if you need the extended shot density for geese or other such hunting.

    i prefer the shorter barrel that comes on the 590 simply because my shotguns are home defense first hunting second. i dont do a lot of shotgun hunting. i do trap and skeet with my combat shotguns. just picked up a 930spx, sold my saiga 12 for it.
  6. hq357

    hq357 New Member

    Hello :) im very curios on why you sold your saiga Ang got a 930? because i want an autoloader 12 guage and i want either the mossberg 930 or saiga 12 next. How come you sold your saiga and bought the 930? Wich did you like better?
  7. tmoore912

    tmoore912 New Member

    I elected to go with the 20" barreled 590A1 mainly for the extra rounds it carries and beefiness. It's just what I prefered. Mossberg now has a 18.5" barreled 590A1 version out with a 6 round magazine and Ghost ring sights.

    Mine with SureFire X300