Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mossberg Maverick 88 Security 8-Shot Shotgun Review

Mossberg Review, Maverick Review, 88 Review, Security Review, 8-Shot Review, Shotgun Review
For years, I have wanted to get a home security shotgun.  At the moment I own several hunting shotguns but due to the low shot capacity (3 because I keep the plugs in) and longer barrels (28" minimum), I have never felt they were the right guns to use for home security.  Some of the criteria I wanted to meet with a home defense shotgun was high capacity, short barrel, pistol grip capable, and inexpensive.  My first thought of a gun to fit these criteria was a Mossberg Model 500 Cruiser so I headed off to the gun store to check it out.  While there, I noticed the Mossberg Maverick 88 Security 8-Shot Shotgun for $200. The similar Model 500 Cruisers started at $320.  Other than price, the big difference between the two was that I would need to purchase an aftermarket pistol grip for the Maverick.  After looking over the Maverick and comparing it to the Model 500, I decided on the Maverick because it will probably spend more time in the back of a closet than out impressing friends.  There are other significant differences between the Maverick and the Model 500 and I will point them out later in the review.  My new Maverick shotgun is shown below.  FYI, all the photos were taken after going on a Shoot-A-Rama with the guys from work so it is not in a true "out of the box" condition.  Also, you can click on any photo and it will bring up a higher resolution photo.


In general, the information shown below in italics was taken from the Mossberg Maverick 88™ Security web page.

Mossberg Maverick 88™ 8-Shot Security Model Features
  • Barrels are equipped with 12 gauge 3" chambers and handle factory 2¾" and 3" loads
  • 8 Shot capacity with  2¾" shells (7 in magazine tube, 1 in chamber)
  • 20" Cylinder Bore fixed choke and a non-ported barrel
  • Barrels are capable of firing lead, steel or other non-toxic loads
  • Barrels are compatible with Mossberg® 500® model barrels within gauge and capacity
  • Brass front sight bead
  • Blued metal finish
  • A rugged black synthetic stock and forearm
  • Dual extractors and twin action slide bars for positive, non-binding extraction and ejection
  • Cross-bolt safety in front of the trigger for speed and convenience
  • Cable lock included
  • One-Year Limited Warranty
The following photo shows what was in the box.  Basically, the shotgun, Owner's Manual, various literature, and a cable lock.


The next three photos give you an overall look at the Maverick shotgun.  Further in this review, I will have closeup photos showing all of the detailed features.




The buttstock is a hollow synthetic molding that provides a 14" length of pull for the gun.  The buttpad is made from a soft rubber and will clearly provide some cushioning when firing the gun.






The receiver has a good finish and is very simple with minimal engraved details.  You should notice that the top is not drilled and tapped for mounting optics.  This is one of the key differences between the Maverick and the Model 500.  You can also see the cross-bolt safety which is another big difference from the Model 500. 





The Maverick 88 Security 8-Shot comes with a 20" barrel and the magazine tube extends the full length of the barrel. 





The front sight is a brass bead and the barrel is held in place by the take down screw.


The end of the take down screw has a hole that is drilled and tapped to allow the installation of a sling swivel.


The barrel is stamped on both sides.  One side is stamped with the chamber gauge, shell size and barrel information.  The other side is stamped with Mossberg's warning statement.



The forearm measured just under 8" in length.  The action slide bars appear to be riveted or integrally molded directly to the forearm.  This is what makes the Model 500 forearms incompatible with the Maverick.




The trigger housing assembly is a synthetic molded part.


You can see that the cross-bolt safety is a molded part also. Ergonomically, I like the location of this safety as compared to the Model 500 tang safety. The operation of the safety is extremely stiff and it makes a loud click as you go from fire to safe or safe to fire.


The action lock lever is located on the left side of the trigger housing and functions great.  With my middle finger behind the trigger guard, I can apply a small amount of up pressure to the action lock lever and it disengages the lock easily.


The Maverick 88 weighed in at 5.96 pounds empty and 6.86 pounds with 8 rounds of #4 buck shot.



The overall length of the gun measured 40.5".

I keep my Maverick loaded with 7 shells of #4 BuckShot in the magazine tube and the chamber empty.  Since I don't keep this in a gun safe, I keep the chamber empty, on safety, and make sure that it requires you to press the action lock lever to cycle the first round into the chamber (hammer already cocked).


When I took the Maverick out to the range, I shot about two boxes of shells (mainly bird shot) and some 00 buckshot.  The gun functioned flawlessly.  The second time I went to the range, I checked the spread at 7 yards with #4 buckshot.  I was aiming at the center of the page below and believe all 27 pellets can be found within a 6" spread.


The Mossberg Maverick 88 Security 8-Shot most closely compares to the Mossberg Model 500 Persuader 8-Shot shown below.

Mosssberg Maverick 88 Security 8-Shot
 
Mossberg Model 500 Persuader 8-Shot (shown for reference)

I have read many posts trying to identify the differences between the Maverick 88 and the Model 500.  From what I have found from these posts and the owner's manuals, the differences between the Maverick 88 and the Model 500 are as follows.
  1. Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): Maverick $233, Model 500 $406
  2. Location of the Safety:  Maverick has a cross-bolt safety on the trigger guard and the Model 500 has a top tang safety.
  3. Trigger Groups: Not interchangeable
  4. Swivel Studs: Maverick has an integrally molded sling mount on the buttstock and no forward swivel stud.  The Model 500 comes with swivel studs on both the buttstock and the take down screw.
  5. Upper Receiver:  Maverick is not drilled and tapped for a scope mount, Model 500 comes drilled and tapped.
  6. Stock Forearm: The forearm on the Maverick has the action bars riveted or integrally molded to the synthetic forearm.  Replacement Model 500 forearms will not fit on the Maverick.
  7. Manufacture & Assembly:  Based on everything I have read on the Internet, the Maverick has some parts that are fabricated in Mexico and assembly takes place in Texas.  All Model 500 parts are fabricated in the USA.
  8. Warranty: Maverick One (1) Year Limited Warranty, Model 500 Ten (10) Year Limited Warranty
Bottom Line:
The Mossberg Maverick 88 Security 8-Shot Shotgun is a great value for those wanting to have an inexpensive home defense gun.  I was a little disappointed with the feel (not location) of the cross-bolt safety.  It requires much more pressure to switch from safe to fire and back.  This was the only feature I thought that could use some improvement.  If your biggest need is to have a shotgun sitting in the back of a closet for that peace of mind in the event trouble comes your way, you should look closely at the Mossberg Maverick 88 Security 8-Shot Shotgun.  Since I saved money on the gun, my next venture will be to get a pistol grip stock and magazine tube picitanny rail adapter (every defense gun should be able to have a light).


119 comments:

  1. can you email me a picture of the inside of the trigger assemble mere the safety is for some reason the part that hits the firing pin does not lock down .it moves up and down SLRoby@aol.com

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  2. Hi Kevin, this is an excellent review!! Very comprehensive and thorough. I own the Maverick 88 and am very pleased with it's performance. I dropped some Eezox on that cross bolt safety and it smoothed out roughness alot. I also installed a receiver mounted picatinny rail and have used a red dot sight when practicing. I found it deadly accurate with all loads but especially with slugs at 10 yards. Anyway, thanks again for an exellent review.


    Brady

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  3. Good review! I just purchases a used one and hope that since I don't have a warranty things don't go to poorly with this gun. It is just for home defense anyway. Does anyone have stats on the longevity of these babies?

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  4. I don't have any data on longevity, but they have been making this basic model (dual slide bar) since 1990. That has to tell you something. Personally, I think it is a good choice.

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  5. hi kevin, this is very detailed review!
    can 88 good for trap or skeet shooting?

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  6. If I were wanting to use the Maverick for trap or skeet, I would probably buy the 88 All Purpose model. This model has a 28" barrel and the accu-choke system. Next I would buy the shorter 18.5" barrel and the gun becomes the Security 6-Shot model. Next time you are at the gun store, ask to see both models and compare.

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    1. For current readers. You can buy a 28" accuchoke barrel from the Mossberg website for this gun. The current cost is $133 as of 2/8/13. Only one choke included. Not a bad deal to give you two different guns!

      This is a great gun by the way!

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  7. Fantastic review with the most pics I've seen of Mav88! I own the 6 shot security and LOVE it (so much so that I sold my 870 HD which was 2x the price). The 88 is very light, durable, has a great safety location, and reliable. It is a GREAT, simple, effective 12 ga. The only thing I dislike is it's mag tube is not "clean through" (meaning you can not take a brush through it for cleaning). Other than that...FANTASTIC! Great review.

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  8. Great review was thinking about getting one now i will.

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  10. A good read, sir! Well written and accurate! A great post!

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  11. Thanks for your time spent on this review. You helped me make up my mind about the gun. I am going to make a purchase tomorrow! Thanks again.

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  12. I plan on buying the 6 shot with the 18.5" barrel tomorrow and was wondering if you can shoot slugs with the smaller 6 shot.?

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  13. Take a look at this article. In general year I would say yes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgun_slug

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  14. Well written review. I own the 6 shot model and love the way it handles.

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  15. Very good review. I purchased the 6 shot Maverick 88 two Barrel Combo - 18.5" & 28" barrels. Short barrel ideal for either home defence or 'bunny bashing' in the scrub/bush. The 28" is quickly exchanged and with the modified choke (supplied),I'm ready for Upland Game bird hunting. I have purchased the Accu-Choke Full & Imp. Modified to completely cover all eventuality's. The Accu-Steel Chokes are also available for hunting Wetland Birds. I am very happy with this shotgun - both with performance and pricing.

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  16. I have a Moss500 (had it for 10 or 15 yrs) and treat it bad. A piece broke in the trigger (plastic) but Mossberg sent me a new trigger (no charge). I also have a Bennelli Super Nova Tactical (one of the best). I plan on buying a couple of the Maverick 8 shot to carry around in vehicles. For around $ 200 bucks this would be the ideal carry weapon. Keep it lubed and clean and it should last many years. If it does break down, so what, keep it for parts and buy another.

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  17. Hey Kevin,thanks for the information. This was well detailed. I have been shopping around and was very close to getting the Mossberg 500A when I was suggested by a professional salesman that I would probably be most interested in the 88. He gave same differences, one I like the most,(price) but not as detailed with any other feature differences. I am convinced that this one is the one I want. My only question is, is the recoy unbearable?

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  18. I think you will be happy. As far as recoil goes, you will feel it at the range. In real action (I use mine for close quarters varmit hunting at night), I never feel it.

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  19. I bought a Maverick 88 5+1 shot today. I had to push out the wooden dowel since I guess it was set for hunting instead of self defense. I saw these steps in the owner's manual. I bought some Federal Game Load #8 shot. Is that good for self defense? I have fired a shotgun before but never for self defense.

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  20. In reality, at very close ranges, small game loads can be effective, but I reccomend #4 buckshot or larger up to 00 buckshot. These two are fairly common and you can probalby get the 00 buckshot at nearly any Walmart that sells ammo.

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  21. Great gun; I have had it for a few months now.I ended up with the 5+1 because the douche at Academy swore I was wrong on the 8 shot. I should have held out, but started to second guess myself....never again. (It was my 1st gun purchase)

    I have fired everything possible from small bird shot to 3" 00 mag buck high brass, to slugs. It shoots and feeds great.

    My wife has spent some time with 0,1,2,4 buckshot reg & mag rounds and has never had a problem.

    I would like to get some Bernakke Black Magic slugs to shoot sometime.

    Great review! I have to say it was the best presentation I have seen to date.


    Just bought an Springfield XDM 40 Compact pistol last night (1st handgun)and a ton or ammo; gonna go shoot both this evening out in the country.

    I have looked at the home defense round argument from all sides. I have 4 small children in the house, a Great Dane, and a King Shepherd. I started with #7 bird, then #4 buck, but since shooting hundreds of various rounds into sheet rock, an old power wheel, and a water heater I have decided on # 1 mag buck and #2 buck both high brass as my home defense round of choice.


    Everyone must decide what works for their situation and experience level. There is no magic bullet.....

    For me, I believe bird shot is a waste of time. IF anyone were able to pass my animals then they would have 17 rounds of 169 grain JHP's and 6 #1 mag buckshot rounds coming their way; the dogs are sacrificial to the family in that event.


    Eric

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  22. Eric,

    Thanks for the feedback. I have to agree that bird shot is not the best choice. It can be effective at very close ranges, but I wouldn't use it as my standard load in the home. I have read some other articles that talk about #1 buck giving the right amount of penetration in flesh and I don't think you could go wrong.

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  23. great reveiw, i have been looking for something basic and cost effective for home defense. for $200 sounds like i cant go wrong with the 88! im gonna buy one tommorow!

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  24. I took your advice Kevin and bought some OO buckshot for my shotgun instead of using #8 bird shot.

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  25. I bought the 88 6 shot and a mod 500 18.5" barrel for it. as a home defense gun, it stands by my bed with a Remington Express load of #5 shot in the tube, and 5 rounds of military 00 buckshot in reserve. At in-house range, please consider that with # 6 shot or better, you have a .73 cal Glasier safety slug. I am basing this opinion on my best friend, and shooting partner's evaluation of wounds, he has been an embalmer for 30+ years, and has embalmed several thousand gunshot victims. At across the room range, a 12 ga with anything up the tube is devastating. I replaced the brass bead, with the big white one on my 28" std barrel,

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  26. I finally had a chance to take my Maverick 88 to the gun range today I fired 25 rounds of 12 shot OO and then shot 20 rounds of low recoil 9 shot OO. I really prefer the low recoil OO instead of law enforcement 12 shot OO. Did buy some number #4 buckshot as well but the indoor range that I went to only allows OO buckshot to be fired for a 12 gauge shotgun.

    I got some silhouette targets and set the distance to about the length of my hallway which is about 15' long. It did quite of bit of damage with the first shot.

    For self defense, I'm keeping my shotgun loaded with #4 shot since I do have a neighbors home relatively close my home.

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  27. I fired more than 100 rounds in my Maverick 88 with out any problems. But I decided to buy a Limbsaver precision recoil pad as I did not like the once supplied with the shotgun. Very nice and a lot more comfortable for shooting OO buckshot that the stock one.

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  28. Hi there,
    I am looking at both Models the 6 shot and 8 shot are they pretty much the same? thx

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  29. These will be the same except for barrel length and capacity.

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  30. Excellent review, I am looking to buy a shotgun for home defense and I'm interested in this exact gun. After reading this review, it just became a must buy! Many thanks!

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  31. Yeah, Dood, Kudos on the review, and thanks. I am leaning toward the 8-shot since it is only 1.5" longer overall yet holds a couple of extra cartridges. I like the idea of keeping the chamber empty for safety reasons. The sound of a shotgun cycling may be just the thing to scare an intruder away, the best case scenario, as you really, really don't want to have to shoot somebody. I really don't know much about shotguns. Does keeping the chamber empty also keep a hammer or firing pin spring decompressed? If so, I'd imagine that would be a good thing.

    In response to Joe, I'm thinking that if you ever need to shoot someone, wouldn't you just want to shoot them once? I'm just suggesting that if you have double-aught as backup and are willing to use it, you might as well put your best foot forward and skip the birdshot. That's my two cents but like I said, I really don't know much and am trying to figure it all out. I have kids and certainly don't want any penetration into their bedroom so maybe I shouldn't use 00. If birdshot will do the trick, then maybe I should consider it. Thanks for all the input.

    Regarding Tony's comment, I'd think that "low recoil" ammo would also mean less effectiveness on the receiving end, wouldn't it? (Ref: Newton's Law of equal and opposite reaction.) Same as with the pistol grips that allow you to swing the gun backward at hip level; you've got to be losing some power there. Maybe for target practice the low recoil would be good, but don't you want max take-down power? I guess that has to also be weighed in with what kind of collateral damage you are willing to tolerate. Since I'd also use a .45 for home defense, I assume that when pressed to use deadly force because your life is in danger, you are in the position to need a one-shot-stop and risk over-penetration (I think that is the main argument for a shotgun over a handgun, right?).

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  32. I just found an answer to one of my questions:

    "Low-recoil 00 buckshot allows the shooter to make fast follow-up shots, which may be needed in a combat situation, but are not typically required in hunting." from Wikipedia

    There is also a good article indicating that a BB load may even be sufficient here: http://allaboutshooting.com/article_info.php?articles_id=340

    ~Dan

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  33. Follow-up:

    I would have gotten the Maverick but I ran across an incredible deal on gunbroker for a real Winchester, Super X Pump Defender, comparable to the Maverick but probably a lot more metal parts. I got it delivered/out-the-door for $257; tack on $25 for DROS and that was a good find (my winning bid price was actually $167 but you've got to add on shipping and FFL transfer).

    After quite a bit of research, I've decided on 2 3/4 #00 buck with a velocity of 1145 fps or less. This would be considered low recoil load, having about half of the kick of even #4 buck. After looking at the numbers, this load will only have 11% more penetration energy than #1 buck per pellet but with less than half the recoil kick. (How do they do this you ask? It's the velocity; energy increases with the square of velocity.) It will have twice the energy as the #4 buck. All that considered, each pellet of the low 00 will still have less penetration ability than my .45, 9mm, .38 or .380, so in that respect it will be "safer" for my neighbors than any of my handguns. The .45 can go through a dozen or so walls. However, 9 projectiles from a shotgun instead of 1 per handgun shot; I believe this adds some danger to anyone within an adjacent four walls owing to the increased number of projectiles, but then again the scatter is much smaller than most people realize. Best to be a good shot with whatever is used, try to be aware of what will suffer if the target is missed, and just don't miss. In my opinion, this load is the best compromise between reasonable collateral damage and sufficient stopping power, plus you get the low recoil advantage which is significant. Unfortunately, there is no magic shell that will deliver stopping power without the potential for collateral damage; anything that will take down a man immediately will also go through a wall. So you have to practice and read and plan well.

    Some other points I've gleaned:
    1. You might only get one shot so don't start with birdshot and expect to follow that up if necessary.
    2. Attach a flashlight to the shotgun; you'll likely need it in the dark when you're half asleep.
    3. Read "In the Gravest Extreme" before you even consider using a gun in self-defense. This should be required reading for anyone purchasing a firearm. There's a lot of tough talk around about what people would do, but this guy has been through it and actually knows and dispels the rhetoric and prepares you for what you had no idea about in regards to any shooting.

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  34. its working really good.

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  36. i just purchaced a
    maverick 88 security model
    it came with an 18.5 inch barrell and pistol grip.

    seems after reading your review
    any concerns i had are gone.

    thank you for the information.

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  37. Thank you for the great review. I just stumbled onto the 88 at Sports Authority for $199 and was looking for feedback as I was also trying to decide on either the Moss 500 or a Remington. This will free up the budget for a good hand gun. Thank you.

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  38. Nice review, purchased mine about a week ago 8 shot 350euro, your review helped me decide.. thanks !!

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  39. What do I have to do to it to shoot a slug for deer season

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  40. Since it is a smooth bore barrel, you will need some rifled slugs. Winchester makes a hollow point rifled slug and you can get them at Walmart.

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  41. I have been looking at 12 gauge pump actions for a month,was going to go with the 500. But you are the third review on the 88.

    She's the one.

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  42. I just bought one, and love it. Bob

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  43. After reading all the good stuff I will be purchasing the 88 with 8tube tomorrow.

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  44. i purchased a used 88 for $140, have not fired it yet, but have had other mossbergs and was always very happy. this will make a perfect trunk/Hog gun..thx for the excellant reveiw..be safe.
    ranbo

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  45. Great review, thank you. I already had a couple of 500s and wanted to try the 88. When I took it to the range I shot a few BB shot rounds I had in my locker...awesome from the 20" barrel! This gun is going in my scabard on my pack for animal/pest control when I'm out and I'm shopping for more BB loads to carry in it.

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  46. I bought my 88 (with the 28 in. barrel) for dove hunting and am now buying the tactical stock and 18.5 barrel for home defense. Best shotgun for the money by far. Oh, and it's hell on doves.

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  47. I purchased the Mossberg 88 yesterday, for $189, at Academy.

    I needed something to take care of rattlesnakes, when my dogs corner one. The salesman tried to talk me into some pistol that shot a .45 cartridge or a .410 shell, over and under, single shot. I had orignally requested a single shot 20 gauge.

    I am not a hunter or a markswoman, so, I feel more confident with a long gun. I don't want to get too close to my target and I don't want to miss.

    Your article has given me confidence I made the right choice.

    I have a question, though. We live at the lake, and I have seen places where feral hogs have bedded down. If I need to take care of any hogs that show up close to my house...should I use a slug or 00 buckshot?

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    1. I personally, without question would use a slug, as a hogs hide is very thick and you want to make sure that you don't ever have to deal with a wounded hog. If you are concerned about your ability as a marksman, just give it some practice time at a shooting range at 25 and 50 yards. If you don't have a paper target right off, then use (several), empty milk bottles filled with water, but do at some point shoot at a paper targe so that you will see where it prints. Yup, a slug has always worked for me on hog and deer sized game.

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    2. Since you say you are not a marksman,I would go with the 00 for the hog situation. The spread will help insure you are going to make contact. Just practice racking another round and firing a second time just because. No harm in learning to shoot a few rapid rounds, and I am a fan of the double tap. I hear those hogs can be pretty mean.

      For snakes I'd use something finer, like 7.5.

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  48. I would probalby use some 3" 00 Buckshot. This is a little more forgiving if you don't make a good shot and I have shot many deer over the years with buckshot and have found it to be very effective.

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  49. The Mossberg has a steel sleeve in the forearm. Maverick and Mossberg stocks are interchangeable. The mounting bolts are SAE thread in Mossberg metric in the Maverick.

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  50. Any recommendations/info on appropriate flashlight & attachment for Model 88 Security 18.5 in barrell?

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  51. Try taking a look at this review below. I love the mount and the review shows it on the shotgun above. Although I show the shotgun with another light installed, I think I would reccomend something like a TLR-1 becaues it is more versitile (can be used on pistol also) and much lighter.

    http://arealmansreviews.blogspot.com/2010/08/laserlyte-shotgun-tri-rail-mounting.html

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    1. Kevin - thanks for advice & info. Ordered the Laserlite Tri-Rail Mount & TLR-1 last night. Enjoyed reading this review and the tri-rail mount review.

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  52. Does anyone have any recommendations on a pistol grip for my 88 Security 6 shot?

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  53. The interface to the receiver is the same as a Mossberg model 500 so their are many options. After that, it comes down to preference. Im my humble opinion, simple is better.

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  54. i just bough one for 298 its not 200 the total came out to 348 includes backround check

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  55. A local store in the Atlanta area (Adventure Outdoors) lists this shotgun at $229.99. I know I have seen it on sale this year (2012) for less. You can also find it online for $200. An online purchase will typically cost about $40 to $60 more after shipping and transfer fees. Congratulations on your purchase. I think you will be happy. I have several shotguns and this one always makes the trip to the farm because I'm not afraid to use it like a tool and let it get a few scratches.

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    1. All these reviews are great and informative.... thank you. Any ideas on how to upgrade to front & rear sights?

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  56. Thanks for the feedback. You may want to take a look at this TruGlo front sight. I have not used one, but it looks like a nice option to upgrade the front sight.

    GLO•DOT™ II UNIVERSAL SKU# TG92A

    Another idea is a heatshield with integrated sights like the one found at the link below. Again, I have not used one, but it looks interesting.

    http://www.combathunting.com/MAVERICK_88_SHOTGUN-Deluxe_Shotgun_Heatshield_With_Ghost_Ring_Sights.html

    Good luck!

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  57. I also was looking for a long time at the model 500, cruiser. Then a friend told me about seeing this Maverick at a local store. Never heard of it so did some looking on the net. Not only this site but the others that I looked at highly recommended the Maverick 88. I was told by the sales person that the local law enforcement persons use the same model. Mine came assembled with the butt stock and included the pistol grip and full care and modification instruction for $269.00, overall an excellent buy I would say. And to concure with a previous poster, at 25 feet or less, anything coming out of the end of the barrel is going to be devastatingly aweful for the recipient. PanheadCharlie

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  58. The forearm on my maverick 88 (8 shot) has a little swivel form side to side, a little sloppy, seem to pump fine empty, I have yet to fire it. Is there anything I can do to tighten the forearm to the magazine tube? And will this affect the pump action with round in the magazine?

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  61. Bought my Maverick 88 8 shot 20" bbl the other day. The stock on my gun does not have a sling mount like yours does. It has a little cut out place where it should go, I'm going to have to tap it myself which is no biggie really just thought I would point it out, They obviously did this just to cut cost a little.

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  62. I am really impressed by your writing style, you gave written a well detailed description about this Gun.

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  63. I just bought this gun today. Can you shoot slugs with the security model?

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  64. Yes. Just make sure you get the rifled slugs since the barrel is a smooth bore.

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  65. Just bought this gun friday. Went to the range yeterday. Loved it. Kevin, do you have an opinions on aftermarket stocks? For recoil,looks,ergonomics? I saw a few that were flashy. But I'm looking for practicality for HD as well as fun at the range. I'm only 5'9'' so maybe buying a stock with a shorter length will help with controlling the follow up shots? Great Review btw! Thank you for sharng.
    -jared

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  66. Stocks become a matter of preference. I have shotguns with pistol grips and without. Since I have grown up shooting shotguns without pistol grips, I tend to favor a normal stock for nearly all shotgun situations. I had a Knoxx stock and changed back to the original stock because of the feel. Mako makes some good recoil reducing stocks and I believe you can get a Mossberg adapter. Checkout this review. http://www.gunsumerreports.com/review_mako_870_butt_stock.php
    My biased suggestion would be to invest in a rail for a light and good light first.

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  67. Recently purchased 88and after a couple days of only being able to load 2 shells in the magazine, decided to take out the wood rod. After doing so, I am no longer able to put any more than one shell in the magazine. Very disturbing - anyone have a similar issue or a recommendation to correct?

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  68. I removed the dowel just as the instructions state - now the magazine will only allow one shell to be installed now. Seems to be blocked right at the rim of the shell. Anybody else had any similar issue and found a fix?

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  69. Tom, did you follow these instructions below from the owner's manual to remove the dowel?

    To remove the dowel, first remove the barrel. Point the shotgun downward and shake it back and forth lightly until the dowel protrudes from the takedown screw hole in the end of the magazine tube. A rubber “O” ring on the dowel prevents it from falling out accidentally. Grasp the dowel and pull it completely out.

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    1. I did follow all the instructions to the letter. Real frustrating situation. Can't see anything I did to create any type blockage.

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  70. Excellent review and follow up comments.
    I'll be purchasing one today for $199. plus tax. NIB

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  71. Great write up on the gun. Big 5 is selling them for $200.00 right now. I think I shall get one and some shells as well, lol. Thank you very much!

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  72. I bought a Maverick 88 new in the mid 90's have run thousands of rounds through it. No problems till recently while shooting skeet. Failure to eject. I'm pretty sure the barrel is worn out only happens when the gun is hot. Its now my HD gun lobbed the barrel off to 18.5 inches put a flashlight on it bought a new one for skeet and bird hunting. Great gun for the money. Bought another brand for my step son for skeet and trap. Had ejection problems with it brand new won't by another one of that brand wont recommend it either. Maverick is the only way to go for a great gun that shoots no problems.

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  73. Big 5 in the San Francisco area is advertising them for $199, but as of last weekend no area stores have any, and they don't know when they will. I ended up paying $299 for one at a small gun shop that had it in stock. I believe that is ABOVE list price.

    Still preferable over Big 5's $399 price for a Mossberg 500, since the differences between the two are all things that don't matter to me. This thing is gonna sit in the corner, loaded, as an attitude adjuster for any miscreants who enter my place. (I live alone, and never have invited visitors). Thanks for the great review, it was a prime influencer in my decision to purchase the weapon.

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  74. Michael, thanks for the feedback. Since the election, gun stores in the Atlanta area are very busy and I have noticed prices going up on certain items. Ownership is the biggest part and you have covered that. I think you will be happy.

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  75. San Francisco area is also pretty hostile to the concept of gun ownership, although gun crime is rampant. There are no gun stores at all in San Francisco, and the few that survive in the vicinity outside the SF city limits can pretty much get what they ask. So, I am willing to pay the little higher price because that shop actually had one in stock. Cheap price at Big 5 Sporting Goods is a fantasy if they don't have stock and don't know when they will.

    I have had two burglaries since I have lived here and wasn't home for either one, but if I *am* home when another takes place, I believe the outcome will be decidedly different.

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  76. Funny thing ... those who look down their nose about the Maverick 88 parts being made in Mexico and then the guns being assembled in Texas. The Mossberg parts are made in Texas... by guess who? Mexicans.

    IME, nothing at all wrong with Mexican workers. They produce LOTS of high quality stuff for international companies.

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  77. Dick's Sporting goods Store for 2012 Black Friday has the gun for 159.99 in the ATL area.12/20 GA. Ventilated Rib Barrel or 18 1/2" HD Barrel

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  78. Michael, you should have got a rain check from big 5. I got a rain check a couple weeks ago and the 88s are now in stock....for $199 w a rain check. In fact the guy said they had over 100 in stock

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  79. I had to use my 88 the other day. Inflicted some serious damage to the two intruder. I'm alive that's what counts. I have a few holes to fix in the walls and door to replace. I can say it paid for it's.

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  80. Kevin, this is a GREAT review. Internet needs more of this and less Yahoo! Anyhow, I am curious if you have any data on the use of slugs in this weapon. I have historically used alternating loads (buck, slug, buck, slug, etc.)when stacking rounds in a magazine and was wondering if you know how well this shotgun holds up to firing slugs. Particularly interested in accuracy. Again, thanks for the top shelf write up on this weapon.

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  81. Thanks for the feedback. Nearly all of my shooting with this shotgun is done with 00 Buckshot. Typically I don't shoot slugs, but I would bet that the 20" barrel with a cylinder bore choke would perform.

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  82. I wish I had read this review before I bought my 88 today. I would have been even more excited. I was hell bent on this gun just from internet research. After putting the barrel on & cleaning it up at home, I'm really impressed with the looks & feel.
    I've read some issues with the wooden dowel in the tube. I tried & tried & it would not shake out. Couldn't get any pliers or anything on it to pull it out. Went on line & found the suggestion to just load a few rounds in the tube & it pushed it out with no problem. Great review & great gun.

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  83. Would this be okay for dove hunting as well???

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  84. Although you could dove hunt with this shotgun, I probalby wouldn't. With the shorter barrel and cylinder bore choke, you are probalby not going to get the velocity and tighter pattern that you would want for hunting.

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  85. Does Maverick 88 have a 20gage short barrel security model??

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  86. Planning on getting this exact same model as the reviewer on tuesday.Can't wait!

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    1. I have been looking for this 20" or 18 1/2" and they are hard to find. Where did you buy yours???

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  87. Maverick Security Models are only available in 12 gauge based on the Maverick website.

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  88. Thanks for the review. A local shop has this on sale but I was not familiar with it. Your commentary helps in my decision-making process.

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  89. im looking for the proper sling swivel stud to go into the end cap. anybody got the uncle mikes part number. got mine a few years ago scratched the receiver paint some so i duracouted it navy camo like. i think that is a better urban camo than just black. also does the mesa tactical sidesaddle for the 500 able to go on this thing

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  90. I'm am saving up for this gun, its not going to take long for the cheap price. My friend just bought a Rough Rider 22 pistol and it is a very very solid gun, and it was only $180 bucks! So apparently cheap guns are solid. I've heard very good things about this gun...and its made in the USA!!!!!

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  91. I bought my Maverick Model 88, 8 Shot about a month ago. Love it!

    Limitations locally at State of Michigan ranges. Not allowed to use short barrels on their skeet /clay courses. Can only shoot slugs on their range.

    Luckily I have a friend who has "gun Sunday" and has invited me to come over. We had great fun shooting phone books and I even did some follow up shots on lost clays before they hit the ground. Everyone had a blast trying out my new HD 12 gauge.

    Issue: Where can I buy factory parts? I want a 28" field barrel and sling mounts. I found the part numbers on Maverick's website, and have looked to buy there and on Mossberg's website. I do not see anywhre to buy them on either site.

    Saw your review on the 5 point rail mount for installing a flashlight. Great review and I will pick that item up for sure.

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  92. Charles, thanks for the feedback. Take a look at the link below (sorry, you must copy/paste the links). At the bottom of the page is shown barrel number (90241) for the one I think you are wanting.

    http://www.maverickarms.com/pages/barrels.htm

    Midway has one at the link below for $144.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/113102/mossberg-500-barrel-12-gauge-3-28-full-modified-improved-chokes-vent-rib-ported-fits-8-shot-extended-magazine-tube-blue

    Let me know how it works out.

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  93. You got the part number right, 90241. Maverick shows it as active and MSRP as $133. Midway's website shows $143.99, but Status: Discontinued by Manufacturer. Bummer. I've been looking for three hours and not found one. Discontinued would be the reason I guess.

    I tried contacting Maverick when I was searching for the gun. Emailed them over a month ago and never received a reply. Made my rounds at Dick's, Dunham's, Walmart, Gander Mountain, and MC Sports. Was ready to buy the, in my opinion inferior Stevens/Savage security gun at Walmart. Just on a whim I stopped at MC one last time and they had two Model 88, 8 Shots. $234. I grabbed it and read all the literature. Waited 2 weeks to shoot it... was so excited to get out and use it. Like I said before, we had a blast.

    I'd like to shoot skeet with it, where it is more challenging. I have no trouble hitting clays now, but I'd like to do it with a field barrel.

    I have emailed Mossberg. I will follow up and let you all know what I find.

    No regrets as I love this gun. I can't imagine a new gun more appropriate for home defense. The 6 shot would have been easier for which to find other barrels, but the 8 shot is more appealing! (And it is friggin cool looking!)

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  94. I just bought a used (great condition) Maverick 88 at a gun store for $150. Took it out on Saturday & Sunday. It's my new favorite. Great article. Thx

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  95. Seriously great review sir! thank you so much for taking time out of your life and post what I believe is an informative, great review.

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  96. I will join the many others in thanking you for an outstanding article, sir. Your blog and the follow-up posts have been a great help to me. I'm all in!

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  97. Thanks for the great review, just bought a brand new model 88-8 shot from Big5 on sale, so I could retire my very old "tactical" 12ga pump. Very happy with the high quality despite the incredibly low price, leaves me some cash to customize it to the way I need it. Also thrilled that it's "Made in USA"!
    Oh yeah, my very old tactical is a 1916 manufactured Remington model 10R (Riot) marked USMC - arsenal stamped, parkerized and still in WWI US Prison Camp (Europe) like fresh issued condition (9.5+). It's time to retire it for it's collectors value.

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  98. Just bought one today and after reading this review will never regret about my buying decision. It came with two barrels, one is shorter at about 18 inches and the longer one is about 28 inches. We have a lot of black bear and cougar as a main threat to our goats but my children as well.
    Kevin, thank you for this incredible article. I have a question thou, my main concern is my livestock and my children safety from cougar and bear, occasional grizzly bear as well, my new shotgun goes over my shoulder and stays in near vicinity during my outside farm work. I have purchased a couple of boxes of 2 3/4 slugs and a few boxes of 9 pellet buckshots (also 2 3/4 shells). Do you recommend that I put on the long barrel or stick with the short one for the maximum damage effect? (just lost my 2y old catahoula dog last night to cougar :(

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  99. Thanks for the positive feedback on the review. As far as which barrel to use, I would probably lean towards the longer barrel due to better sight radius. The longer barrel may also deliver slightly more velocity and a tighter pattern for the buckshot if the barrel has some type of choke constriction exists. My first recommendation would be to purchase some 3" shells to get the maximum energy possible. Next, make sure you spend a little time checking the pattern on your buckshot and point of impact versus aim for both the buckshot and slugs. Good luck!

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    1. I have seen a 28" barrel with choke, which split when used with slugs. For black bear, wild boar and probably cougar, slug would be the way to go (this was the choice for hunting leopard in Africa and India). Therefore you would need to use the 18.5" barrel, especially if moving through thick bush. The maximum length where velocity is achieved is about 22". with 24" for 3 1/2 express shells. You don't lose much with the 18.5" barrel. I would definitely get a Limbsaver recoil pad - everyone who uses them loves them, and they don't detract at all from using the gun's controls, which all the "tactical" stocks do. A separate sling tied to the pistol grip and behind the barrel nut, would help with carrying until the time came to start hunting. I have every confidence in my Maverick 88. A great choice, which only improved with continued use.

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  100. You have me convinced to buy the Maverick 88. Great review!

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  101. Liked your review on the 88. Have had mine now about 4 weeks and have run every thing through it I have on my bench, just to see what it did. Not one hiccup et-all. Bought this one for HD as I have an over-under for hunting purposes. I keep it loaded with rifled slug's and the chamber empty and have no doubt about it's effectiveness for this purpose. GREAT gun to have for the time when you need one the most! And did I mention the price is not bad either.

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  102. I just bought a maverick 88 security 18.5 barrel took to range and would not eject winchester #8 target loads with aluminum heads fires 2 then locks up. Fires winchester high brass fine any ideas? Everyone says it fires everything is this just my luck or what. Want to use this for HD did fire 00s. Is this problem with low aluminum case heads normal for the Maverick Thanks for any help on this

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  103. I have the short barrel (18.5 in) 6-shot Maverick 88 Security. When I bought it, I did not realize that it was chambered for 2 3/4 and and 3 inch shells. When I read the manual (not happy with it), it said that it was chambered for 3 inch--if I had read this review first, I would not have had a panic attack.

    I like the format of the review and I love the abundance of clear pictures--I could even do an appraisal from the pictures and not need to handle the gun. The review cleared up just about all the questions I had. I need the short barrel for home defense, as my other shotgun has a 30" barrel--a little awkward for use in the living room.

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  104. Michael, Thanks for the feedback. I think you will enjoy the Maverick. I do and I have several shotguns costing much more.

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  105. Kevin,

    Thanks for the excellent write up. After reading this I was able to convince my buddy back home in Texas to go to the nearest Academy and see if it meets his needs. After looking at it in person and talking to me over the phone, he ended up picking it up for $189 +taxes. Which lead me to take the misses into the local Dick's sporting goods to see if they had any in stock (which they did for $219) after handling it she filled out California's small novel-size paperwork and will be picking hers up when it's ready.

    Both versions were the 5+1's @ 18.5" barrel, and the misses is already having me look into a pistol grip stock (any thoughts on the ATI Talon Stock for the Mav88? or is there a different/better one that you would recommend?).

    I was also looking into changing out the forend, which will require me to pick up a Action Slide Tube Assembly (do i need the 7-3/4" or the 6-3/4" one?) from a 500 then is should be compatible with any 500 forend, correct? Or am I looking at it all wrong?

    Any advice here would be greatly appreciated.

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  106. I have not tried the ATI Talon stock yet, but it looks like a good product. Overall, I like the standard (no pistil grip) configuration on my tactical shotguns. The YouTube video at the link below shows changing out the action slide tube and I believe they are using the 7 5/8" length. Since I have not tried this myself, I can't say it will work with any 500 forend, but my guess is that it would work.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaGXnr-i3-w

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  107. Can Someone Please Please Please send me a link to a tutorial of how to assemble my Mav 88 trigger assembly. there is a spring that i cannot remember where it goes
    starhousett@gmail.com. or post it here

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  108. I just bought the 28 inch field gun at Walmart for 199. I already had an 18 inch barrel. This was a no brainer. Used to have a 500. No real difference unless you want it tachi cool. I don't. Just a light for id.

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  109. Back on January 2012 I read this article and decided to buy a Maverick 88 Security version. Now one year from first used i have to testify this was a good decision. This shotgun have a great quality and excellent characteristics. The more I use it, the more I convinced of its capabilities. There is No difference in quality when compared to 500 Persuader. Partners in range cant discover the difference when firing both. I know the difference, cause I payed mine... If you are evaluating this fire arm, go for it! Excellent job Mossberg.

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  110. I have the Mossberg 500 Persuader as a home defense gun. Traded a Winchester Model 1400 semi 12 gauge for it and have never been more pleased with it.

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