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Old January 12, 2010, 03:47 PM   #1
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i want your thoughts on the mossburg mavrick 88 12 gauge

hello friends,
im 16 i have been a nra member since i have been 8 lol. i am now 16 and i have owned many guns just never a shotgun. and i bought my first 12 gauge 2 days ago... with my own money.
but i like it it was a used mossburg mavrick 88. when i got it it was all rusty but i spent two days and all night cleaning it! now it looks new i had to re blue the barrel though.

i want your thoughts on the mossburg 88
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Old January 12, 2010, 04:11 PM   #2
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How much did you pay for this rusty old gun?
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Old January 12, 2010, 04:14 PM   #3
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120
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Old January 12, 2010, 04:19 PM   #4
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College buddy put box after box thru one at the trap range while we were in school. It was much cheaper than an 870 at the time and we shot ALOT. I had a Winchester 1400 and he had the 88 and he kept up with me just fine!

Other than a rattle here and there it's still in one piece and working great. The blueing is worn pretty thin but his is not rusted out. The synthetic stocks on his have held up really well. He uses it for his 'truck shotgun' nowdays.

He was told that it's basically the same as a Mossberg but assembled in Mexico or something along those lines. It should serve you well.
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Old January 12, 2010, 04:21 PM   #5
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thank you for the input keep it coming!!!
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Old January 12, 2010, 04:22 PM   #6
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kymarkh what you said about the rattleing is very true by the way
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Old January 12, 2010, 05:07 PM   #7
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They've been around long enough now to have established a track record. In general they're inexpensive but pretty robust and dependable shotguns. About the only downside to the design is the fixed magazine tube that has to be removed from the receiver for maintenance on the inside of the mag tube, mag spring or follower if it's ever needed. But unless the gun gets dunked or dusted pretty heavily, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

In short, like so many other pumpguns out there, it'll do if you will do. Good luck with it, and Stay Safe,

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Old January 12, 2010, 05:39 PM   #8
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$120 wasn't terrible - but only if it could easily be brought back up to shape. It sells for about $180 in Walmart so you paid about 2/3 of new retail.
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Old January 12, 2010, 05:40 PM   #9
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One more thing, is this the model with the single slide bar or the newer one with the dual slide bars? If it is the single slide bar, be careful how forcefully you rack the slide.
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Old January 12, 2010, 05:41 PM   #10
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i have one. good gun
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Old January 12, 2010, 10:03 PM   #11
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keep em coming
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Old January 21, 2010, 09:16 PM   #12
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I have one that was actually given to me for doing a favor for a friend. I have played with it some, and actually like it. I've got numerous shottys, everything from an 1897 to Benellis to Beretta o/u s. Of all the guns I have, that 88 is the one I keep loaded and ready to go for HD. I consider it reliable, and very functional.
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Old January 21, 2010, 09:37 PM   #13
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I had one, paid 159 plus tax or so. One problem which may have been unique to mine was that when shooting the stronger turkey loads the reciever would pop open and would not cycle the next round into the chamber. I would have to firmly close the bolt then pump the next round into the chamber. When the bolt poped loose I guess whatever mechanism initiates the nexy round to exit the mag tube was bypassed. My terminology might not be correct, hope you are understanding what I am talking about. Other than that the gun shot fine. I did sell it for 100 bucks. I only used it for crows with turkey loads. Wasn't doing the job I intended it for. Again it was probably a fluke(just mine).
Shoot it, if you like it shoot it some more.
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Old January 22, 2010, 01:01 PM   #14
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Picked up a used 88 at a gunshow for less than $100 some time ago - fair shape. Found a used adjustable buttstock for $25, and picked up a pressure light to mount on it for $30. Shortened the barrel the old fashioned way. It is now my HD shotgun. Keep it cruiser ready with #4 buck.
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Old January 22, 2010, 05:21 PM   #15
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if you have to use it , throw it away or turn it in and see what becomes of the situation.
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Old January 23, 2010, 12:42 PM   #16
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Hazman wrote: "if you have to use it , throw it away or turn it in and see what becomes of the situation."
Huh?
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Old January 23, 2010, 06:01 PM   #17
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You can do a cold blueing that will cost little and look fairly good. Your 88 is a tough, reliable shotgun that will pattern as well as the most expensive shotguns made.
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Old January 23, 2010, 08:54 PM   #18
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dougmoss12,congrats on geting your Maverick.Great gun for the money.I hope you enjoyed your time cleaning up your new gun.Keep it forever.tom.
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Old January 23, 2010, 11:17 PM   #19
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I paid $200 for my 88, which is a good price for it in my state. Ive had it for about 6 months and Im so glad I went with an 88 rather than a 500 or 870.

I would venture to say I have about 7k rounds through it, 90% of it being birdshot (clays) and 10% being buckshot practice at the range.

I am very happy with it. I am planning on buying another this year.
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Old January 24, 2010, 11:01 AM   #20
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The Mossberg Maverick 88 is identical to the Mossberg 500 except for the location of the safety. All parts made for the Mossberg 500 should fit the Maverick without any problems. They are excellent shotguns and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I personally prefer the Remington 870 but thats just personal preference, what you have is fine.
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Old January 25, 2010, 09:09 AM   #21
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The plastic forend is molded into the forend metal. Other than that and the safety, it's identical to the Mossberg 500. Barrels, buttstocks, and most other parts will interchange. These are tough working guns, and with the selection of barrels, ammo, ect; it's an extremely versitile gun.
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