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bstaug
April 20, 2009, 10:50 AM
Hello, i was just wondering which shotgun would be best for home defense; the Mossberg Maverick 88 or the Mossberg 500 Persuader.

levrluvr
April 20, 2009, 10:58 AM
No experience with the Maverick, however I did buy a 500 Persuader with a couple of extra barrels to make it multi-purpose, and it hasn't hiccupped once. Good gun for the price.

sholling
April 20, 2009, 11:29 AM
The 500. I'd also get a spare barrel for trap shooting fun.

Housezealot
April 20, 2009, 11:53 AM
I also have a 500, great gun

TxGun
April 20, 2009, 12:25 PM
Exact same gun except with different safety locations and slightly different forearm arrangements. The latter may be the same now...not sure. All other parts, including barrels, are 100% interchangeable.

ar15chase
April 20, 2009, 12:39 PM
I bought an 88 for dove season a while back, bought an 18in. barrel to put on it for home defense. I just switch them out depending on my needs.

MagnumWill
April 21, 2009, 02:57 PM
Either. Personally, I opted for the 590. I'm surprised a full brand war hasn't broken out in six posts yet... I think that whatever you wanna pick, it'll work and go bang. If it didn't, they wouldn't sell 'em.;)

zippy13
April 21, 2009, 03:36 PM
As previously noted, the main difference (other than than price) is the location of the safety. There are two schools of thought, those who use safeties and those who don't.

You must determine how you plan to store your HD weapon, and many factors must be seriously considered: Some store their HD guns fully loaded and ready to go with the safety engaged. Prior to firing, only the safety need be disengaged. Others chose "Cruiser Ready" with the magazine loaded, the safety off, and the hammer down on an empty chamber. To fire, first the action must be cycled, but with no changing of the safety.

With the first preference, operation of the safety is critical and many proponents prefer the location of the 500's thumb safety. With "cruiser ready" the safety isn't used and some consider a thumb safety a hindrance. After due consideration, my preference is the latter, so I would select the 88 over the 500. Your preference my differ, if you plan to utilize the safety, the 500 might be a better choice.

Willie Lowman
April 21, 2009, 05:57 PM
870!!! Thirteen-hundred!!! SuperNova!!! Something other than what you just said!!!

Seriously though, I have a 590 and a 590 SBS and I am 100% happy with both guns. I did once have the ejector and retaining screw fall out of my 590. This was in 2002. Just past 2,000 shells with no maintenance what so ever when that happened. Called Mossberg, they sent me new parts. Resumed shooting. Around 6000 after that without problems.

To answer your question; Go with the 500