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Old 01-24-2018, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default Mossberg maverick 88 input?

So been seeing these around at really good prices and wouldn't mind picking up one but I'd at least like to hear y'all's experience with them.

Local WalMart has it at $188.
Cheapest I've found is academy for $179 but mind you the closest academy is about 90 miles away.
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:08 PM   #2
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I picked one up and also picked up an H&R pardner pump. I found the Maverick 88 to just be too light. The pardner felt much more substantial.
But throw a hawk 981 into the mix and I would rather have it over both of them, however among those three I don't think you can really go wrong with an inexpensive defensive pump shotgun.
With all that said I have never shot one, this is just from reviews that I've watched and read.
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:58 PM   #3
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It's basically a cheaper 500 so it is GTG. It has a cross bolt safety instead of tang mounted, and the forend cannot be easily replaced. I have a Hawk 982 and I prefer it over my Mossberg 500. It's much smoother to shoot, but they are hard to find these days. I bought mine for $155 which was an absolute steal for the money.
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I picked one up and also picked up an H&R pardner pump. I found the Maverick 88 to just be too light [econo (in)secure]. The pardner felt much more substantial.
But throw a hawk 981 into the mix and I would rather have it over both of them, ...
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Old 01-25-2018, 02:07 AM   #5
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Maverick 88s are good to go. I believe the parts are made in Mexico and probably why they are cheaper in price. But nothing wrong with them. I have one and hasn’t failed me
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If you want the heavier gun get the HR Pardner. Otherwise The Mossy 88 is solid I have at least 3k rds thru mine no issue. * I owned the HR Rock Solid gun good build qaulity smooth action vs the Mossy I liked it in every aspect but the extra pound* of weight. Sold it and got the Mossy. When in the store hold them side by side youll see, one feels like a battle gun the other a field and SD gun imo. Either will be just fine.
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Looking at a 20 gauge so don't need the extra weight.
I'm looking at getting a 18.5 barrel as the stock barrel is 22in.
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Looking at a 20 gauge so don't need the extra weight.
I'm looking at getting a 18.5 barrel as the stock barrel is 22in.
Chances are the 22 inch barrel is going to be cheaper than 18.5. Buy the 22, cut three and a half inches off and you good
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It's basically a cheaper 500 so it is GTG. It has a cross bolt safety instead of tang mounted, and the forend cannot be easily replaced. I have a Hawk 982 and I prefer it over my Mossberg 500. It's much smoother to shoot, but they are hard to find these days. I bought mine for $155 which was an absolute steal for the money.
I was pretty sure you could slap a Mossberg action tube on the Maverick and use whatever aftermarket fore end for the 500 you wanted on it.

In any case OP, it's a good cheap shotgun.
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:43 AM   #10
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You can replace the action with a standard Mossberg 500 action for about $25-$30 and use standard furniture.

I run a cheap $40 pistol grip with adjustable stock on my Maverick 88, along with fiber optic front sight. It's my home defense shotgun. Cheaper the better. Has been a great shotgun.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mossberg-50...item48a5a3a5fa
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:53 AM   #11
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Maverick 88s are good to go. I believe the parts are made in Mexico and probably why they are cheaper in price. But nothing wrong with them. I have one and hasnít failed me
Last I knew, parts built in Mexico and assembled in Texas.
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Good choice if you're on a budget. A friend of mine picked one up last year. We went shooting right after the purchase and fired 400 rd of mixed loads. It fed all great but had 1 failure in the 1st tubefull, probably "break in", 0 malfunction since.
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Chances are the 22 inch barrel is going to be cheaper than 18.5. Buy the 22, cut three and a half inches off and you good
I don't have the time or tools to cut a barrel and the 18.5 inch barrels aren't that much. Plus having a longer barrel will be useful if I ever go bird hunting.
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Thanks for the feedback.
Guess I'll be adding it to my stable soon.
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Gtg; I use one as a truck gun although I use an M500 18" barrel on it. I believe that the receiver is tapped(?) which is helpful if you want to mount a red dot w/out too much fuss
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Great gun for the money ,personally rather have one than the chink guns. Although they are not bad.
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Great gun for the money ,personally rather have one than the chink guns. Although they are not bad.
I'm not sure how many, and what parts exactly, but the 88 has some Mexican made parts. At least the ChiComs have plenty of experience and a history of making great guns.
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I'm not sure how many, and what parts exactly, but the 88 has some Mexican made parts. At least the ChiComs have plenty of experience and a history of making great guns.
The 88 might as well say proudly Made in Mexico. Most of the 88 components are made in Mexico and "Proudly Made in the USA", i.e., "assembled" on the Texas border in Eagle Pass, TX. The 88 is a good gun for the money. I owned a 20" hi-cap version for awhile but I didn't need a 5th shotgun. I'm an old 500 guy. Still use my 500A I bought in 1985 religiously. Never had a problem with the 88. The safety sucks and the cheesy fore end limits versatility. Again, the 88 is an excellent sub-200$ shotgun. A used, older (80s-90's) Mossberg 500 is cheaper and built better.
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The 88 might as well say proudly Made in Mexico. Most of the 88 components are made in Mexico and "Proudly Made in the USA", i.e., "assembled" on the Texas border in Eagle Pass, TX.
You ainít kiddin. I sent my 590 shockwave in for work and that is where they shipped it. Out of curiosity I googled Eagle Pass and it is literally on the Rio Grande Southwest of San Antonio. It looks like a suburb of the Piedras Negras, which is across the river.
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Maverick 88s are made from 500 parts that did not quite meet spec, as I understand it. ETA: I never heard the Mexico thing, so maybe that is it. They are a little loose and noisy when racking, but I have never had to repair one. I did repair one 500 that apparently had a lot of rounds on it. I have never seen a pump shotgun that looked like it had that many rounds on it. The slide action bar was worn out. I have repaired a lot of Remington 870s though.

I can't speak intelligently on the warranty terms for the Maverick line, but Mossberg has 10 years on pump shotguns compared to Remington's 1 year from the date of manufacture.
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There's so much you can do with a maverick 88.

1. You can drill and tap the receiver and install a rear ghost ring.
2. You could order an 18.5" heavy walled ghost ring barrel
3. You could get you a Mossberg 835 tube and spring
4. Get an S&J hardware +2 extension
5. Get the longer slide tube and nut
6. Install pistol grip or m4 style stocks on it because of the cross bolt safety.

On and on and on
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