How many rounds through your Mossberg 88?


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Glockedout17
November 15, 2012, 10:11 PM
I recently bought a Mossberg 88 12 gauge and took it out yesterday for the first time. We put 200 rounds through that gun and it gobbled up everything we put thru it. It got so hot I had to leave it under the AC vent for the remainder of my session. Of course, when I reached home I gave it the TLC that all my guns are use to. What I want to know is how much abuse can these guns take? How many rounds do some of you long time owners have thru yours? And whats the lifespan of these shotguns? I might be picking up two more for christmas.

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PT92
November 15, 2012, 10:35 PM
I have about 1300 rounds fired with 75% of those via trap shooting. It's one of the "best-value" guns to be had in the entire industry. It's commonly regarded as the 500's little brother but it's established a fine autonomous reputation to be sure. It should keep on ticking for many years to come and if well maintained could quite easily outlive its owner and become a family heirloom. The only real criticisms I ever here about it is the safety location but I am fine with it (and you will occasional hear some complain that it's of inferior quality to the 500--obviously to hit the price-point they had to use a plastic, synthetic etc. option here and there compared to the 500 but in doing so IMO did not compromise the shotgun at all).

There was just recently a thread on this as well (you may or may not have already seen):

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=681202

USAF_Vet
November 15, 2012, 10:43 PM
I've got several hundred rounds through mine. A mixture of target shot, buck shot and slugs. They are every bit as sturdy as the Mossberg 500. If treated right and properly maintained, it should out live you and possibly your children.

1 old 0311-1
November 15, 2012, 10:46 PM
I understand the Marines are now using these also. Sure they gave it a pretty good workout first............then again the marines are REAL cheap. :):):)

jonnyc
November 16, 2012, 09:53 AM
Assuming you mean the Maverick 88.......I probably have close to 2000 rounds through mine, mostly target loads. Very happy with the gun to this point.

jon86
November 16, 2012, 09:57 AM
I lost count of how many rounds i have through my maverick 88.

They are every bit as sturdy as the Mossberg 500

THIS. It's essentially a mossberg 500 with a safety in a different location. Enjoy and shoot the snot out of it.

PT92
November 16, 2012, 10:04 AM
I understand the Marines are now using these also. Sure they gave it a pretty good workout first............then again the marines are REAL cheap. :):):)
Link please (I would like to see this).

MCgunner
November 16, 2012, 05:54 PM
I've got a 500, close to the same gun as the Maverick, but better ergos with the tang safety. I've shot ducks with heavy steel loads with it for the last 20 years. I can't estimate how many rounds, but it's been through some rough environment in the salt marsh and come out just fine. I do take care of the gun, though.

Unless I'm missing something, the Marines use a variant of the Mossberg 590.

Glockedout17
November 16, 2012, 07:32 PM
I understand the Marines are now using these also. Sure they gave it a pretty good workout first............then again the marines are REAL cheap. :):):)
Makes me feel all the better for owning one. Thanks for that thread PT92, I wasn't aware of it.

AJMBLAZER
November 20, 2012, 04:43 PM
The Marines adopted the Mossberg 590 about 20 years ago as their standard shotgun. This sorta made it the defacto shotgun of the US Military. Replaced most of the various older stuff in arms rooms that had accumulated over the years.

They've given sterling service but last decade they were replaced/suplanted by the Benelli M4 semi-auto that's designated the M1014.

PT92
November 20, 2012, 05:15 PM
The Marines adopted the Mossberg 590 about 20 years ago as their standard shotgun. This sorta made it the defacto shotgun of the US Military. Replaced most of the various older stuff in arms rooms that had accumulated over the years.

They've given sterling service but last decade they were replaced/suplanted by the Benelli M4 semi-auto that's designated the M1014.
Yup--I think that the earlier mentioning of the Mav 88 being used in the Military was in error. It's easy to get them confused ;) as they are very similar models.

It does, however, bring up the question of whether or not a pump shotgun is being phased out in favor of the semi be it the Military or LE (even if so it would take some time until they disappear from the field entirely).

--Happy Holidays!

AJMBLAZER
November 20, 2012, 05:44 PM
The Marine Corps selected the Benelli and even gave it a model number in 1999. So yes, they are phasing out the pump gun for a semi-auto.

evan price
November 21, 2012, 07:57 AM
No idea, I've had it since 1996 or so. I lost track. No malfunctions, ever.
Well, wait, once I was shooting off some old mixed shells I found in the trunk of a junk car under the spare tire, and I wound up ripping through the rim of one crusty old shell when I tried to extract it. But that was totally an ammo problem and nothing to do with the gun.

Glockedout17
November 22, 2012, 03:51 PM
The Marine Corps selected the Benelli and even gave it a model number in 1999. So yes, they are phasing out the pump gun for a semi-auto.
I would argue that the semi auto shotguns may soon me phased out also. Fully automatic shotguns like the AA-12 is new the future for shotguns. New innovations like springs in the stock to absorb over 80% of recoil is amazing.

MDH90
November 23, 2012, 02:47 AM
My old scout camp has used an 88 as the 12 ga clays loaner for years, it must get 5,000 rounds every summer, and it has held up for years

USAF_Vet
November 23, 2012, 02:12 PM
I would argue that the semi auto shotguns may soon me phased out also. Fully automatic shotguns like the AA-12 is new the future for shotguns. New innovations like springs in the stock to absorb over 80% of recoil is amazing.
The AA-12 is a fantastic short range weapon. A little too big for a CQB weapon, though. Also, I wouldn't want to have to breach a door with one. I really don't see the AA-12 replacing the legion of pump action multi-purpose shotguns.

Glockedout17
November 24, 2012, 03:37 PM
The pump action shotgun will always be around.

PT92
November 24, 2012, 11:45 PM
Glockedout17

The pump action shotgun will always be around.

Most definitely in the civilian arena.

MCgunner
November 25, 2012, 11:20 PM
I'd think they'd be around a long time for police and military use considering they can handle ALL the specialty loads like rubber shot, bean bags, etc. I don't see any advantage in a auto vs pump for military or police use, but I'm not a ninja.

AJMBLAZER
November 26, 2012, 08:57 AM
Faster shooting. Most people can clear a room with a semi automatic shotgun a lot faster than with a pump.

Glockedout17
November 26, 2012, 02:04 PM
Faster shooting. Most people can clear a room with a semi automatic shotgun a lot faster than with a pump.
No doubt that they will be around for a long time, but the way technology is today, new inventions are being popped out like babies.

Depends on the type of training behind the use of that semi auto shotgun also. For a newbie, a semi auto will more than likely seem easier to manage until there is a jam then the panicking starts. Correct training with a pump action shotgun will make almost anyone as fast or even faster than a semi auto shotgun.

oneounceload
November 26, 2012, 02:06 PM
For a newbie, a semi auto will more than likely seem easier to manage until there is a jam then the panicking starts. Correct training with a pump action shotgun will make almost anyone as fast or even faster than a semi auto shotgun.

Until they jam the pump, and the panic sets in.... ;)

Anything can have a malf as most are operator induced errors

Glockedout17
November 26, 2012, 02:11 PM
Agreed

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