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How many rounds through your Mossberg 88?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Glockedout17, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. PT92

    PT92 Well-Known Member

    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):

  3. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. 1 old 0311-1

    1 old 0311-1 member

    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. :):):)
  5. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. jon86

    jon86 Well-Known Member

    I lost count of how many rounds i have through my maverick 88.

    THIS. It's essentially a mossberg 500 with a safety in a different location. Enjoy and shoot the snot out of it.
  7. PT92

    PT92 Well-Known Member

    Link please (I would like to see this).
  8. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    Makes me feel all the better for owning one. Thanks for that thread PT92, I wasn't aware of it.

    AJMBLAZER Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. PT92

    PT92 Well-Known Member

    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 Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. MDH90

    MDH90 Active Member

    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
  16. Beaux Nehr

    Beaux Nehr Well-Known Member

    citation needed

    Yeah, except that's wrong.

    Aside from TV shows aimed at 18-35 year old males, I don't think anyone believes the AA-12 is a serious combat tool.
  17. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    The pump action shotgun will always be around.
  19. PT92

    PT92 Well-Known Member

    Most definitely in the civilian arena.
  20. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    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.

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