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Old August 4, 2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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Can see behind bolt

I bought a Maverick 88 yesterday, and gave it a detailed cleaning. After a frustrating reassembly, in which I scratched some pieces and got a few badly stuck several times, I got it back together. However, I realized, with the action completely closed, there's some visible space behind the bolt, large enough for junk to fall into. As this is my first shotgun, I assumed the ejection port would look similar to my rifles (i.e. completely closed). Is this okay?
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Old August 4, 2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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I wouldn't think you should have that much room behind it, but it has been a long time since I have had a mossberg and I don't remember the exact assembly if you could post a picture that would be a huge help.

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Old August 5, 2012, 01:12 AM   #3
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Here's a picture. The end of the bolt and the space behind it is pretty visible. Let me know what you guys think.
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Old August 5, 2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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Here's a decent picture of a 500 for comparison:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:M..._2_barrels.png
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Old August 5, 2012, 12:53 PM   #5
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Was your barrel firmly seated and the barrel screw tightened before you closed the bolt? This will take you to a copy of the manual http://www.google.com/#hl=en&gs_nf=1...w=1011&bih=474
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Old August 5, 2012, 10:03 PM   #6
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My 590A1 has about 1/4"-3/8" gap behind the bolt as it is closed. Looks just like your picture. Normal.

You're not planning on filling it with dirt or glue or something, are you?
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Old August 6, 2012, 05:18 AM   #7
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Isn't that where you pack grease into the gun for lube????
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Old August 6, 2012, 08:32 AM   #8
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I keep my loose change there.
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Old August 7, 2012, 01:06 PM   #9
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Send the gun to me along with 500 rounds of ammo (the good stuff, not that cheap value pack stuff) and $1,500 for transportation (it's a long way to South Dakota from here), and I will clean, oil, and reassemble your shotgun, thoroughly test it, then return it to you (uncleaned, of course, so you can get the aroma of burnt powder).
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Old August 7, 2012, 10:14 PM   #10
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yours looks a little tighter of a space than my 500a and im sure its is normal but is a good thing ya asked. never be afraid to ask as we all will help you as best as we can and when we do not know we refer to a you to a smithy but after grabing mine i keep by my bed im sure yours is fine i also have a mav88 ...great shotgun thousands of rounds thru it ...works great
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Old August 11, 2012, 10:42 PM   #11
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went to my sons house today and checked his mav88 i handed down to him which has had many many rounds run threw it and i believe you shotgun is fine but by all means take it to a gunsmith if you feel unsure.
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