Mossberg 88 Maverick Accessories


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chagasrod
July 15, 2010, 05:16 AM
Hello Everyone!

I just got myself a Mossberg 88 Maverick and been searching for some accessories...
I already bought an ATI Heat Shield + ATI Shell Holder for the stock. Also a Full size pistol grip stock.
Now i need 2 things for my "Home Defense" Project:

-A side saddle that will fit the 88 Maverick (Having a little trouble finding);
-A Flashlight mounting solution;

I want to use one of those lights that will mount directly to a picatinny rail.

Can anyone tell me what way to go?

Thanks in advance!!!!

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Deus Machina
July 15, 2010, 08:29 AM
I've got one, myself. They're just a 500 with less time and effort put into the finish, so 500 accessories fit on them just fine.

For the flashlight, the easiest bet might be one of those rails or rail-less holders that clamp onto the barrel or mag tube.

John Parker
July 15, 2010, 09:04 AM
If you don't want your old stock, how bout mailing it to me?

seanie!
July 15, 2010, 09:36 AM
I have a Tacstar Mossberg 500 side saddle on mine. If I recall correctly, it ran me $30-40 at Cabela's.

hnl.flyboy
July 15, 2010, 10:07 AM
Tacstar Mossberg 500 side saddles also go cheap on gunbroker.com and ebay.com

chagasrod
July 15, 2010, 12:25 PM
Thanks again to all!!!

KevininPa
July 15, 2010, 10:28 PM
"If you don't want your old stock, how bout mailing it to me? "




If you don't get his, check Havlins. My stepson gave me a Maverick with a Speedfeed pistol grip, a cracked wooden forestock and a vented barrel sawed off at 24 inches(???). For about $100-110 I got a stock at Havlins and an 18 3/4 barrel off of Gunbroker. Now I have a very serviceable HD shotgun in my closet that I don't worry about if I'm not home. If someone gets past my dog and steals it, I'm not out much. The more expensive stuff is safely locked up.

DougW
July 16, 2010, 09:49 PM
Something like this?
Surefire light mount
Tacstar side saddle
Can't remember neoprene butt culf

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p118/MDWINK/IMAG0002-6.jpg

It also has 500 Decelerator butt pad. Shoots loke a pussy cat, even with slugs.
This one stays in the bedroom. The Benelli M1 Super90 stays in the safe, used for 3 gun matches. Total investment in
the 88 is around $160.

TechBrute
July 16, 2010, 10:09 PM
While there are a lot of similarities between a 500 and an 88, it's more than just finish. The 88 cuts a lot of corners internally. It's fine for setting in a closet, but you'll wear it clean out with a few thousand rounds through it.

RandKL
July 17, 2010, 12:36 AM
The 88 cuts a lot of corners internally.

Really? What might they be?

It's fine for setting in a closet, but you'll wear it clean out with a few thousand rounds through it.

Was going to ask you how many Mavs you've owned and used. I don't reckon I need to now.

r

Al LaVodka
July 17, 2010, 03:03 PM
TacStar also makes a SideSaddle flashlight holder which is what I use -- yes, you lose one round of storage but don't have stuff hanging off the front of your gun/barrel.
Al

KevininPa
July 18, 2010, 12:36 AM
....owner of my Maverick. He used and abused it round wise. My stepson got it from him ( his cousin ). It's still pumpin' and shootin'. The cousin got it brand new from Wallyworld at least twelve years ago. And Gee! It's still around! I detect the stench of snobbery.:neener:

Al LaVodka
July 18, 2010, 09:06 AM
Yup Kevin, Mossberg's Maverick 88 is just as good as the 500 because they wanted to sell the same quantity for less money and profit.

Not!

They're good. Mossberg's are great.

Al

TechBrute
July 18, 2010, 10:31 AM
Kevin, what's the round count of your 88? Rand, I have several 500 and 590 shotguns, and have worn out an 88. I'm no authority, but if you actually do a little research, you won't need to take my word for it.

The 88 is made with Mexican parts, and the recievers are made with inferior metal. It's obvious that Mossberg makes them as cheaply as possible! Heck, they only had one action bar for a while, and Mossberg finally had to add the second one back. You think they did that despite stellar reliability?

My 88 made it about 3000 rounds before the reciever wore to the point where the action wouldn't stay locked. To fire, I had to maintain forward pressure on the pump, or the hammer wouldn't clear the bolt to hit the pin. Once the receiver is worn like that, it's not good for anything but parts.

If the 88 meets your needs, great! If it's good enough for you, great! To say that it is equivalent to a 500 is uninformed, and to think that Mossberg manufactures them to the same specs is just ignorant. I bought one knowing it wasn't on par with the 500, but thinking it would work for me. It didn't. Lesson learned. I'm not saying they are junk. I'm saying they aren't a 500.

Dont take my word for it, do a little research instead of blindly defending a product just because you spent some money on it, especially when no one is attacking it. It is fine for most people. Most people don't shoot more than a box of ammo every now and then, anyway. I'd buy another 88, for that matter. It's a perfect gun for putting it behind the seat of your truck, or leaving in the closet or your vacation home/ hunting lease/ etc. They are (from my experience) completely reliable up until you wear them out from use.

Al LaVodka
July 18, 2010, 06:06 PM
First 88 I saw -- was probably a decade ago. Professionals in the shooting sports industry -- we know what these guns are. My buddy bought one to everyone's ridicule for a disposable gun on a coast-to-coast cross-country motor-home vacation. He tested it, threw it in his vehicle, and never touched it again. Perfect for that...
Al

KevininPa
July 18, 2010, 07:48 PM
....to get in a p**sing contest with anyone. I'm just saying do not put the Maverick completely down as something that's going to fall apart right off the bat. I don't know the exact round count on mine. But I abused this shotgun heavily right alongside the original owner. I'm sure it has over 3000 on it (and seriously, how many of us know the exact round count on our fireams?). I know I did about 300 and my stepson did about 100. Only know that because I still have in my head how many boxes I got at Wallyworld. Soon I'll loose track of that. But this particular Maverick was the only gun the first owner owned for awhile, and we had a blast with it through multiple boxes. Is it as refined and smooth as my Mossberg? No. The Mossberg is way better. I do have to admit to having a Mossberg front end with the double rail. Don't know why the original owner did this and never questioned why. I'm glad he did, made it easier to put on the Mossberg forearm. It's tough to find one for those Mavericks. At least one that is as old as this. Maybe the double rail is making mine last longer? Don't know. But I know the action is real slick from so much use. Just my two cents.

RandKL
July 18, 2010, 08:58 PM
I'm no authority, but if you actually do a little research, you won't need to take my word for it.

No, you're not. I'm sorry to say it, but your post is so full of holes it's more hot air than not. Do you want a line by line correction or just one blanket explanation? Hell, I have time.

First off, *ALL* Mossy's, Mavs included, use the same identical internal parts. There are no "made in Mexico vs made in the USA" parts. All of them are made in Mexico. The only parts that aren't are the receivers, both Mavs and Mossys, which were made by Mossberg in New Haven. Those Mexican parts were then assembled in New Haven for the Mossys and Texas for the Mavs (up until three years back when Mossy started moving all asssembly to Texas). The receivers are the same identical forged aluminum alloy items up until the machining process where the Mossy gets a tang safety slot. It's by skipping the tang safety and the stock and forearm that the Mav cuts costs, not by "inferior metal".

Your stated prob has nothing to do with the receiver being worn. The receiver has absolutely nothing to do with the lock up or hammer or firing pin. Your problem is a worn out mainspring. Your spring has lost its speed and the sear is catching on the hammer block safety notch on the hammer. Whoever told you that was a "worn out receiver" was an idiot. You can get a new mainspring for $8. If you aren't up to replacing a spring, you can get an entirely new trigger group from gunbroker in the $25-30 range.

My first Mav? 1991. It was one of the ones *before* Mav became a separate company. Still made and marked by Mossy. Fired literally thousands of rounds through it for more than a decade. Still functions perfectly....other than the same exact spring you have. Second? 1992. Thousands of rounds through it for more than a decade. Still going strong. Third? 1995. Refinished it three times so far. Been beat up badly. Still functions perfect. Fourth? Fifth? Sixth?

Mossy readded the second action bar to prevent binding in the slide, not to prevent non-existent wear.

The ONLY diffs in the Mav/Mossy are the extra machining steps for the Mossy safety, the use of cheaper synthetic furniture on the Mav, and the use of a one piece forearm without a steel slide action tube. Other than the lack of included swivels on the Mav, there are no other diffs. If you doubt that, feel free to forward this post of mine, verbatim, to Mossy and Mav and then post your reply here in the forum. I trust you.

Did I miss anything?

r

oneounceload
July 18, 2010, 09:34 PM
But I abused this shotgun heavily right alongside the original owner

I guess I just don't get this mentality and why folks would brag about it...........but if that is what you do to your guns, then going with a Maverick is probably a good thing

evan price
July 18, 2010, 10:09 PM
The Maverick 88 uses the exact same reciever as an M500- the only difference is the addition of the tang safety cut. There is no "lesser" degree of machining inside- the same machines make both receivers. As a matter of fact, there are no receivers specially intended to be Mav88 receivers- other than those which might not have the same cosmetic quality of the exterior as those used in M500's.
The internal parts are the same- bolt, interruptor, shell stop, bolt slide, shell lifter- all interchange.
The trigger group is different only because of the crossbolt safety on the Mav 88.
The action slide is different in that the Mav 88 uses action bars pinned to the polymer fore-end. The barrels are the same. The buttstocks are the same. The hardware is the same.

The finish quality and bluing on the Mav 88 isn't as nice as the M500. The polishing isn't as well done and the coloring isn't as deep. Then, of course, the roll marks are different.

The Mav 88 saves costs by offering ONLY polymer furniture (less parts count and easy for assemblers), using the direct-pinned action bars (reduces parts count and labor to manufacture) and eliminates the separate tang safety (with its additional machining steps to make the slot, counterslot, and drill the hole for the ball & spring and red paint dot, and the parts- button, plate, ball, spring, safety hook, screw.)

There have been many shotgun makers who used single bars in their pump action. Mossberg recognized that a double bar works better and upgraded a long time ago.

I've owned a Mav 88 since 1996 and many other Mossberg 500s as well. I swap parts around all the time.

Any part can be interchanged between the two models. If you are so desired, you could even machine in the slot and install a M500 safety on a Mav 88.

Totally agree with RanKL's diagnosis of your worn spring.

My one pet peeve on Teh Intarweb is the number of folks who claim to know it all and go out of their way to bash on some product or company anonymously.

RandKL
July 19, 2010, 09:31 AM
I could have said it better. I came across as an ass. I'm going to leave that post up to show what sort of an ass I can be, too. I don't hide my assiness (that's my new word for the day. A school teacher *long* ago said I would always get smarter and smarter if I learned one new word every day....so I make them up!) when it gets out of control. My apologies to TB, though, and the forum.

rich

TechBrute
July 19, 2010, 10:19 AM
My one pet peeve on Teh Intarweb is the number of folks who claim to know it all and go out of their way to bash on some product or company anonymously.. Can anyone point out where I have bashed a company anonymously? One of my pet peeves is people that get defensive for no particular reason.

Regarding my particular 88, the internal grooves of the receiver were terribly rounded whe I compared them to my Mossbergs. You could move the bolt and action bars drastically with your finger. If it is indeed the spring that was a problem, I stick by my assertion of inferior parts, as all my other Mossbergs have more rounds, and I've not experienced the wear or failed parts.

And yes, I do have a very good idea of the round counts of most of my guns. With a few exceptions, I keep a gun log for each gun that logs use dates, round counts (usually estimated on a per trip basis by subtracted rounds returned from rounds taken), and malfunctions. For all my guns that have more than two magazines, the mags are numbered and logged, as well. Each mag is inspected after any malfunction, and 3 strikes gets a trip to the circular file, unless the mag's condition suggests that a rebuild might fix the issue.

KevininPa
July 19, 2010, 12:08 PM
"I guess I just don't get this mentality and why folks would brag about it...........but if that is what you do to your guns, then going with a Maverick is probably a good thing "


OOL, don't take the "abused" part too literally. I just use that term a lot in place of " shot heavily and often". I hunt and peck type yet and try to shorten my posts where I can.;). Boy this is a tough thread to hang out in!:)

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