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Can anyone identify the differences between models of Mossberg shotguns? I have a 500 and 590, and have seen plenty of the 835, but have also seen the 550 and 600, and don't know how they're different. Are any parts interchangeable?
And what about the different bolt and semi versions?
Is the 9200 still in production? Haven't seen it advertised on their website, but have seen plenty of new ones around.

I've also seen something about a Mossberg 200 external magazine fed pump shotgun... I'd love to see one. Anyone know where to find one or find out about it?

And does anyone know of an auto shotgun whose buttstock will interchange with the 500?
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I can only speak for a few of the models you mentioned but here goes. Basically, the 500 is the standard model with a chamber for 2 3/4" or 3" shells. The 500 comes in a bunch of different models with vary stocks, finishes, gauges, and barrel lengths.
The 835 is the top-of-the-line pump gun. The 835 is chambered for 2 3/4", 3", and 3 1/2" 12ga shells. The 835 barrel is overbored (or as some people call it, backbored) to 10ga dimensions at the chamber and has a gradual taper to a bit larger than average muzzle diameter. The receiver is also drilled and tapped for scope mounts. The newer 835's are also ported. They come in a variety of barrel lengths, stocks, finishes, and sight systems.
The barrels, actions, and receivers are not interchangable between the 500 and 835. As for other parts of the guns I'm not sure but I'm guessing they're not.
I've owned quite a few model 500's and they seem to be a good gun for rabbit, squirrel, birds, and deer if the slug barrel is added.
IMO, the 835 is the king of turkey guns, bar none. I currently own 2 of the 835's and love them.
As for the 9200 I'm not sure about it. I haven't seen any on my dealer's rack lately, but then again I haven't really been looking at the shotguns. From what I can tell, the 9200 was never the success that Mossberg wanted it to be. Personally, I'd take a Remington 1100, 11-87, or a Benelli autoloader over the 9200 anyway. Of course there's a big price difference too.
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About them autoloaders...

If you have experience with auto shotguns, can you tell me which of the big three (Mossberg, Remington, Winchester) auto shotguns can take the widest variety of loads? I'm thinking Federal 8 shot to Brenneke slugs to 3" 00 buck.
Actually, I'm more of a.......

pump action kind of guy so you'll probably want to get the opinions of people more knowledgable about autoloaders, but if I had to guess I'd say the fairly new Winchester Super X2. I haven't personally shot one of the Super X2's but from what I hear from other hunters, they seem to digest most loads from 2 3/4" target loads up to 3 1/2" turkey loads. The only autoloaders that I've had much experience with is the Remington 1100 and all I ever used in it was light to heavy 2 3/4" loads in #6-#8 shot, but it handled them fine.
The receivers on the 500 and 590 are the same. So accessories like the side saddle or after market stocks are interchangeable. I think the 590 has an all steel trigger group while the 500 has a plastic one. I've been told(someone correct me if I'm wrong) that the Rem 1100 was designed to use the 2 3/4" shells in light to medium loads. While the 11-87 was designed to handle the heavier loads including the 3". Anyway, hope I didn't muddy the water> -UR.

So that's the difference between an 1100 and 11-87. I was wondering how they were different. Yes, I have yet to find anything about the Moss 500 and 590 that doesn't interchange besides the barrel and tube. I use a 500 buttstock on my 590. I think you may be right about the trigger group as well. Now I'm pretty sure the 500's receiver is aluminum, anyone know if the 590 is too, or if it's steel? The 590 feels tougher in every way. Or maybe I just think that cause LOOKS tougher with heat shield, parkerized finish, sidesaddle shell holder, and M9 bayonet.
I'm sure that the receiver on the 500 is aluminum. Not so sure about the 590. If you get your hands on one, slap a magnet to it. -UR.
The 590 Mossberg shotgun has two heads so to speak. The 590 model with the heat shield and bayo lug has the plastic trigger group like the 500 and is called the security model. The 590A1 or 1A ( can't remember offhand busy day at the shop) has the metal trigger group and has a heavier barrell and no heat shield patterned off the one used by the Marines at one time not sure if still used or not by the Marines but both have aluminum recievers. Both have bayo lugs.
I could be wrong, but I think the difference between 1100 and 11-87 is when they were designed. 1987 for the 11-87 and who knows when for the 1100. Just my .02.
1100, 11-87, how bout 11-48

Interestinf info about the 100 Remmington. I have a 11-48. Was told it was made in '48 so they called it the 11-48. Who knows the real story ???

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