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Mossberg 500 and 590

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by glocked-up, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. glocked-up

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    I understand the differences between the 590 and the 590A1 but what are the differences between the 500 and 590?
     
  2. Victoriagotagun

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    The magazine tubes are different and there are no 18.5" 590's.
     

  3. m24shooter

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    Depends on the model of the 500.
    There are some 500s that have the mag tube cleanout like a 590. There are also some models that will have all of the features of the 590A1 series, but still be labelled as a 500. Some of these are .mil contract overruns, and may not be seen outside of the .mil. However there are some overruns that make it to civilian sales. When you get into the .mil requests for the 500, 590, and 590A1 some real oddball configurations start showing up with several different barrel lengths (including a 17" model and I believe a 20" model with a 6 round capacity) and then something that would otherwise be a 590A1 excpet it will be rollmarked as a 500.
    As Victoria said, in general the 500 will have a take down screw on the end of the mag tube.
     
  4. mixflip

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    These guys said it ^. In general the typical 590 will be 20 inches long,will have a built in, very strong, extended magazine (not removable), and usually have a bayonet lug. Those are what most people expect from a basic 590 purchase.

    A 500 will typically have a short 5 round mag and come in an assortment of variations from there. 18.5" barrel? 20" barrel? 26" hunting barrel? capable of adding a removable mag tube extension?...basically it can be set up with more options than a 590 and doesnt have a bayonet lug or super solid strong mag tube like a 590 typically, but I have seen bayonets mounted on 500's with adapters.

    Thats my slant anyway. I had both a 590SP and a Maverick 88 which is a poor mans 500.

    Here is my old 590speacial purpose. Notice the one solid, non removable mag tube.
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    Here is an example of a bare bones 500. Notice the option of having an 18.5" barrel and 5 shot magazine both of which the 590 cant have.
    [​IMG]
     
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  5. glocked-up

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    ok, thanks for all the info, you guys ever hear of a 500A? Whats up with the 500A?
     
  6. mdehoogh

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    I don't think that 500's have the ability to accept mag extensions.
     
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  7. mixflip

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    Good catch. I think your right?
     
  8. rtaggs

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    Seen the Tangs break on 590's before.
     
  9. Reswob

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    1 round. 20" 500 is 7+1, 20" 590 is 8+1. Also, most (all?) non-A1 590s have a heat shield and bayonet lug.
     
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    Your homework for today is to read this wikipedia article on the Mossberg 500.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mossberg_500
     
  11. m24shooter

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    The 500 in general has the barrel take down screw, so the magazine capacity is set. However, the models like the 500 Tactical Cruiser have a mag tube clean out and CAN take mag extensions.
    ETA: You can buy the kits that include the longer mag tube and new barrel for the 500, as they would both have to be changed if you wanted to increase the mag capacity.
    The 590 and 590A1 are capable of accepting a mag extension without modification.
     
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  12. m24shooter

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    Thus the A1 metal safety button requirement, and the requirement for metal buttons on some of the .mil 500 productions.
     
  13. m24shooter

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    All of the 590s and the 9 shot A1s will have the bayonet lug.
    Some of the 590s will have the heatshield. The GRS units will not.
    The heatshield can work on the A1s, and those with the GRS. In addition, Aimpro has a heatshield that will work on the A1s.
     
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    What are GRS units?
     
  16. m24shooter

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    Ghost Ring Sight. Not the LPA, the Mossberg GRS.
     
  17. glocked-up

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    :blondmoment: I guess I should ask what is LPA now?
     
  18. m24shooter

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    The LPA brand ghost rings as found on the SPX models.
     
  19. glocked-up

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    So for the most part no aftermarket mag extentions for a Mossberg 500 with 18.5" barrel?
    Are all the mossberg 18.5" barrels limited to 5+1?
     
  20. m24shooter

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    Correct. If you have a 500 that uses a mag tube cleanout like the 590 design you can usually add an extension. If you have one that uses the barrel take down screw then you would have to replace the barrel and the mag tube to change capacity.
    The 18.5" 500/590 barrel models are 6 round capacity from the factory. See above as for if that can be changed.