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Old 08-18-2008, 08:59 PM
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Should I get a Maverick 88 security or should I save up for a 500 special purpose, or the 590?
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590 is the military approved one.. 500 is police approved and the 88 is a budget gun.. all are basically the same thing, just better parts ect, where there made. the 590 holds more shells and has a bayo lug...

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THe 590, it has a bayonet lug. No complaints about my 500 mossy 12g mariner either.
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A 590 is long and heavy. Designed to do one thing.

A 500 mariner 18.5 inch barrel can be converted into a hunter and fits in a pack.
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you can get bird barrels, slug barrels too... very adaptable
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So get the 500?
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Basically.. stay AWAY from the cool looking AR style stock, you will hate it.
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590 A1
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THIS is the gun you want. er..no... this is the gun I want! lol
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Which ever one you get, buy and install a heat shield.Because shottie barrels get piping hot and the heat shield looks cool too.
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Can someone post a quick review on the 500 and the 590 (pros and cons, things of that nature)?

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for my shotgun I'm getting a remington 870 18" 6 shot or a mossberg 590. Both seem to be fine weapons to me.
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i would get the 500 for any goblins creaping in your home cause if you shoot 1 the police will take your weapon and even if your legal you may not get it back. they dont like to give weapons back, or one of them wants it so it disappears.
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Can someone post a quick review on the 500 and the 590 (pros and cons, things of that nature)?
Shotguns = Defense. Quick scatter shot, low penetration, in a house, darkness, night watch, heavy brush, obstructed view, and a good hunter. Great companion gun to a rifle.

500
Pros
- multiple barrel options, 18.5 inch barrel, slug barrel, choke barrels for skeet and birds
- Short, lighter, and packable
- Hunterized version is acceptable to the public and in court
- will be used for hunting and skeet shooting
- Marine Coat available - paint it black
Cons
- 6+1 rnds


590
Pros
- Bayonet lug,
- 9 + 1 rnds
- Rifle/ghost ring site, can be installed by gun smith on 500
- Mil-Spec - heavy duty
- Parkerized finish
Cons
- Long, heavy not easily packed
- Special purpose, marginal hunter
- Use only when S Really HTF! Appearance is a legal reality.
- It will eventually sit in safe storage, I lean toward a gun I will use

Both may be the best option. 9+1 and bayonet lug leave me feeling confused.

A long gun is lonely with out a pistol. Vise versa
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Is the 500 pump Grand Slam turkey series any different in performance then the regular 500?
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id get the 500
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What kind of range does a 12 gauge slug have in a 18 1/2", 20", 24" barrels?
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Finding the right shotgun for you (as with any tool) depends mostly on what you will be using it for. Here is a quick breakdown of my personal likes and dislikes within the Mossberg lineup:

590-

Pros:
-8+1 capacity (2 3/4" shells)
-Parkerized or Blued
-Heat shield is standard
-Lighter than 590A1 models
-Most 500 accessories fit

Cons:
-Difficult to find choked barrels (20" Cyl. bore standard)
-Plastic safety and trigger guard
-Ghost Ring sights not factory option (inhibit removal of heat shield)
-Bayonet lug (unless you plan to engage in trench warfare any time soon)

590A1 (military Special Purpose)-

Pros:
-18.5" or 20" barrel options (with 5+1 & 8+1 capacities respectively)
-Heavy-walled barrels
-Metal safety and trigger guard
-Ghost Ring sights as factory option (or add-on)
-Parkerized

Cons:
-No heat shield (option or add-on)
-Heavier than the rest

500 (18.5" barrel) -

Pros:
-Inexpensive (though the Maverick 88 is a bit cheaper)
-Interchangeable barrels/chokes
-Parkerized or blued
-Ghost Ring sight option
-Lightest
-Maximum versatility in interchangeable parts and aftermarket accessories

Cons:
-5+1 capacity
-Plastic safety and trigger guard

500 variant (20" barrel)-

Pros:
-7+1 capacity
-Ghost Ring sight option
-Parkerized or blued

Cons:
-No accessory barrels or chokes (Cyl. bore only)
-Plastic safety and trigger guard

My recommendation is to purchase the 500, 18.5" first, then consider the other models as a supplement down the road. Which type of 500 (you mentioned the Grand Slam Turkey as a possibility) is up to you based on your primary and secondary needs. Avoid pistol-grips (unless it's for door breaching) and folding stocks if you can. There are several advantages of a 500 over a Remington 870 as well (about which I can go into further detail if you like), but the 870 is also a very solid and dependable shotgun.

Also, please understand that a shotgun is not the "end all", "spray and pray", or "no over-penetration" solution to your problems. Employing a shotgun requires just as much accuracy and skill as any other firearm, if not more so. Purchase ammunition that is suited to what you will be using it for (birdshot for birds and slugs/buckshot for big game/personal defense), and become familiar, safe, and proficient with your shotgun by practicing regularly.

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Should I get a Maverick 88 security or should I save up for a 500 special purpose, or the 590?
I have a Maverick 88 , primarily for home defense purposes. I have friends that own Mossberg 500s and they can barely tell the difference, except for the safety. On the 500 the safety is on top and easier to access, where on the Maverick 88 the safety is on the trigger guard.
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What kind of range does a 12 gauge slug have in a 18 1/2", 20", 24" barrels?

A rifled slug (for smoothebore) is going to have about the same range in any of the above...75-85 yards. I've seen 18.5 barrels shoot 2 inch groups at 50 yards with slugs they liked.
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you say that the maverick 88 is a budget gun, but is it as low in quality as it is price?
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