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Old 12-07-2009, 07:57   #21
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:54   #22
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I've had an 88, a 535 and a parkerized 835 w/ an 18" barrel (poor man's 590a1). I'd get the 835/590 every time. They are really better. I had some experiences with the first two where I would pull the forearm tight when firing slugs and the bolt would come back just enough to ding the primer and get a light strike. The 835 is solid. I'd go to war with that gun! The 500 series is also drilled and tapped for a factory picatinny rail on top.
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Old 12-07-2009, 14:13   #23
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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
As a matter of fact I do own an 870 and a Mossberg Mariner along with the current Maverick 88. The earlier Mavericks were bought when I was young and broke and sold for cash when I need it (ie: Young and broke) No Maverick I have ever owned has had a failure and I don't own safe queens. I have had and do have guns that may be smoother but the maverick is a great gun for someone that wants a good gun with a good price to go with it.

It does it's job and doesn't give any trouble. I'll probably always have one around.
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Old 12-07-2009, 18:21   #24
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With shotguns its really a preference thing. I actually like the controls better on my 88 vs like say a Rem 870. The slide release button is behind the trigger guard vs the 870's button that is in front of the trigger guard.

Also, the loading tray is better on a Mossberg since it tuck up and out of the way 100% vs the 870's spring loaded lip that has "bite" off the skin of my thumb when loading since its always being pushed down with spring pressure.

The traditional safety button behind the trigger is nice too.
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Old 12-11-2009, 22:32   #25
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I have my 88 loaded and ready to go as the downstairs HD shotgun. Rigged out with a tac light, side saddle (OO Tac RR Buck) and butt cuff (Tac RR Slugs), decelator recoil pad, 5 in the tube. It cost $140 and has about $80 more in accessories on it. Much less expensive than the Benelli M1Super90 Tactical shotgun in the safe without compromising effectiveness. SWEET!
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Old 12-15-2009, 13:16   #26
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Originally Posted by Ranger_Rick View Post
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.

I ran into this problem when i put a pistol grip forend on my 1st gen. mav. 88. You can order a new style forend 3 piece assembly if you want to put a different grip on. But i must warn you, if you order the 3 piece grip from the website you cannot put the pistol grip that's designed for the mossberg 500. The tube is too long. That being said you can order a new forend grip for a model 500 and it works perfectly. If i weren't deployed i'd take a picture of mine.

...almost forgot.

I love my Mav. 88. I've had it for about 6 years and haven't had a single problem with it. I use it on a regular basis for hunting turkey and small game. I have recently put an 18.5 inch barrel on it along with a pistol grip forend, and a collapsible butt stock for HD. I kept the 28 inch rib-vent barrel for hunting also
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Old 03-05-2010, 13:10   #27
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Nice guys, I know this post is about two three months old, but I think I'm going to buy an Maverick 88, I have come to this conclusion because I'm in a situation where I have an 870 with an 28" for trap shooting, I have been looking for an 18" barrel for it, all the prices on barrels are $100! And so, I think heck mine wells pay an additional $124 for a whole shotgun! A maverick 88 will cost me $224, 870 18" barrel will cost me $100+...What do you all think with me reasoning, bizarre?

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Old 03-05-2010, 14:04   #28
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Maverick 88 is basically a no frills Mossberg 500 made in Mexico.
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Old 03-05-2010, 14:53   #29
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Good o mexico,
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Old 03-05-2010, 16:01   #30
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Originally Posted by Line Rider View Post
Maverick 88 is basically a no frills Mossberg 500 made in Mexico.
Only some of the parts are made in Mexico the rest are made in the U.S.

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Old 03-05-2010, 18:06   #31
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Mossberg 500s, 590s, Maverick 88s, etc., etc. are all produced in Eagle Pass, Tx. and they all include parts made in both New Haven, CT. and Torreon, Mexico.

The Maverick facility in Texas produces not just Maverick-branded guns, but Mossberg-branded guns as well.

From an article a couple of years ago in a local S. Texas newspaper:

It’s been 17 years since Maverick Arms opened a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in the Eagle Pass Industrial Park where virtually all O.F. Mossberg & Sons shotguns and rifles are produced.

Now, with outstanding response from a world firearms market, Maverick Arms is more than doubling the size of company operations here to 85,000 square feet +.

With the current workforce, Maverick Arms produces approximately 245,000 shotguns and rifles each year, explained Gerardo Arturo Lopez, Maverick Arms director of operations, Friday (Oct. 27). That equates to about 1,600 guns built each workday.

But one unique trait of Maverick Arms is its standing as a “reverse maquila.” Whereas most maquiladora (“twin plant”) industries send small parts or components to Mexico for assembly, and return to the United States as completed products, Mossberg guns must reverse the process.

“In Mexico, except for government arsenals, it is not allowed to produce or buy guns,” said Lopez. So, for the Mossberg guns, parts – receivers, barrels, and stocks, for example – are produced in North Haven, Conn. and Torreon, Coah., Mexico, then shipped to Eagle Pass for assembly. The Maverick Arms plant also serves as the company’s primary shipping and distribution center.

The company is an exemplar of international trade, sending raw steel on flatbed trucks to Torreon, and receiving sealed containers of barrels, triggers and bolt assemblies on pallets in return. Receivers and stocks are produced in North Haven, and shipped to Eagle Pass to be married with parts from Mexico.

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Old 03-05-2010, 19:51   #32
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Interesting, made in Mexico, built in Texas?
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Old 03-05-2010, 19:56   #33
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Tomorrow will be the factor, if i can find a 18" 870 Rem barrel for a reasonable at my local gun show I will not buy the maverick 88, if not I'm going straight to my gun shop to do my paper work for an Maverick 88!
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Old 03-06-2010, 13:49   #34
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Hello all, no luck at gun show went to my local gun store handled the maverick 88, first impression was I did not like it. I'm either going just forking it up buy a barrel or buy a whole 870.
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:32   #35
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As previously stated, they are a great buy. I have heard nothing but kind words from Maverick owners, and that is why I bought mine. Cycles shells fine, and goes bang every time. It seems that 870 owners just don't like the fact that the fore-end is a little jiggly (which I like because they are less sensitive to dirt and water, which bind up actions). Personal preference, but know that you should never judge a book by the cover.
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:55   #36
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True that, ^ not posing negative impressions on the 88 but I can see it as a great truck gun!
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Old 03-07-2010, 22:39   #37
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Check gunbroker.com - when I bought my 870 it had the 18 inch barrel - I picked up a 30 inch barrel on Gunbroker for $79

I did a quick search and found several that you could use - one example

160203196 (item number) Remington 870 181/2" Barrel and Metal Heat Shield $80.00 6d 13h +
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