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How are the Mossberg Maverick 88's?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by drider, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. drider


    Mar 13, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  2. Pepiot

    Pepiot ^^^Despises the nasty Hag

    Feb 18, 2007
    The Shop
    Great. Love mine just as much as his brother the 500. I will admit the only thing the 500 has over the 88 is safety location. Equal other than that.

  3. drider


    Mar 13, 2009
    I have a question on the safety location. It's not detailed but one of my buddy has a mossberg 20' barrrel, wood stocks. Beautiful 12 guage, but the safety is broken, but the gun still functions. And my question is, what is the deal with mossberg putting the safety in different places? Would you not hesitate recommending buying this gun for self preservation, and target shooting if needed?
  4. Ranger_Rick


    Jan 11, 2009
    Its a functional reliable shotgun. I will say,however, if you have any intention of changing the forend (not that you need to), get a regular 500.

    I believe the mav 88's forend is permanently molded to the slide action bars, so you would need to replace the whole forend tube assembly.

    With the 500, you simply have to unscrew a forend nut and the forend slides off.

  5. "Would you not hesitate recommending buying this gun for self preservation, and target shooting if needed?"

    Why? You learn your particular shotgun. You practice with it. Are you going to forget where the safety is? Other shotguns have their safety on the trigger guard as the Maverick does. It's common. The Mossberg 500, and the Browning BPS for another, have safeties on the top rear of the receiver. Choose the system you like best.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2009
  6. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    For Home defense, as in some guy just broke in and has a crow bar and is rushing you to crush your skull?

    I look at it like this. Say I need a heart Transplant. I can pick one of two doctors to do the operation. A doctor who just finished his residency or a doctor who has been doing this same surgery for 20 years and has hundred of sucessfull results.

    Pick one. With the Maverick being the rookie and the doctor with all the proven experience being the 590 or 870.
  7. drider


    Mar 13, 2009
    Yea it's true, start with a good platform 870 all the way or 590.
  8. AF-Odin


    Oct 12, 2007
    Central Texas
    My son loves his Maverick, but YIKES, $199 on sale. Around here, they are normally about $189 regularly and frequently show up for $169 on sale. However, this is the Soverign Republic of Texas, not California.
  9. I've owned the Maverick, and if you are going to use those AR style stocks, I'd rather get the Maverick than the 500 or 590 due to the safety location.

    But I prefer tang safties so I can shoot eather left or right sided.

    Still if I was on a super tight budget, the Maverick backed by a good used .38 will get you through the night.

  10. AaronT


    Jul 9, 2005
    Richmond, VA
    its a fine shotgun. the 88.
  11. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    LOVE my Maverick!!... I have a 18 1/2" barrel for home and a 28" for field... Fantastic shotgun at a Fantastic price!!... I have had this thing in all kinds of weather and have even dropped it in about 4' of water and mud while duck hunting and still managed to kill a bunch!... Have owned it for about 4yrs and have put FAR to many shells through her to count!

  12. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    I love my $199 Maverick 88 too!!!

  13. drider


    Mar 13, 2009
    Some of you guys are making me think twice, i don't know much about shotguns, but i hear that having twin row rods on the pump is a good thing?So less jams if there was any?
  14. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    Most pump shotguns have double actuating rods and double extractors nowadays but the Mossberg Maverick 88 really is a good bang for the buck at $199 or less. Shotguns dont need to be super sophisticated with ultra tight tolerances. My 88 can blow a huge hole in a target the exact same size as a $1000+ Benelli or FNH.
  15. sambeaux2249


    Dec 4, 2006
    Mavericks have dual action bars. Have had dual action bars for years now. The main difference is that the action bars are riveted to the forearm on the maverick. Makes it a little bit of a pain to swap forends. Other than that, it's

  16. katana8869

    katana8869 NativeFloridian

    Oct 17, 2005
    Occupied Territory
    +1 on that. I have had 4 or 5 of these over the years and they are a very, very good buy in a no frills, reliable and dependable shotgun.

  17. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    I want the best tires on my vehicles and the best brake pads. If I am going to repel I want the best rope and harness. Why, because my life depends on these things. You don't need a $1,000 shotgun to defend your home or life, but spending a few more dollars for an 870 or 590 is not going to break you and could make a difference. There is a reaon that Maverick cosy $169 and the others cost more. You will find out if you buy it, hope it is on the range and not when SHTF. One guy has had 4 or 5 of them over the years, most the guys on here that have 870's have had them for 20 to 30 years, same weapon and it still runs like a swiss watch. The Maverick is like most other things we buy today, cheap, made cheap and when it breaks you throw it away. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
  18. userfriendly


    Nov 3, 2006
    The Maverick is basically a Mossberg 500 with a different safety. The 500 has the safety on the tang while the Maverick M88 has the safety on the trigger guard. Most other parts will interchange between the 2. The thing with the M88 is that you cant add magazine extensions. Its just how its made, you need to change the entire mag assembly.

    It will go bang every time you pull the trigger. Its a cheap, no frills reliable and dependable gun. With pump shotguns, failure is mostly due to operator error. Short stroking, forgeting to release the safety, wrong ammo, etc.. Mechanical malfunctions are rare on pumps.

    The reason its cheaper than the the 500 is its positioned as an entry level item. Its also assembled in Texas using Mexico made parts.
  19. boss37


    Dec 1, 2009
    Love mine. Have had it about 4 years, no problems. A great inexpensive option, imo.
  20. roscoe45


    Apr 19, 2007
    I've had mine over 5 years and had to send it in recently for a trigger group. The fine folks in Eagle Pass fixed it and sent it back in a couple weeks with no charge. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one again if this one ever wears out, it's been a very dependable gun.