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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Hog huntin Harry, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. Hog huntin Harry

    Hog huntin Harry Member

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    I was shooting some slugs earlier with my Maverick 88 12 gauge.
    Every time I'd pull the trigger I'd get a click and the primer on the slug would have a little dent in it. They all fired after a second trigger pull.

    This was slugs from two different boxes as well.
    I was using Winchester Super X 2 3/4 hollow point slugs.
    I bought it used and by the look of it it's old, could the fireing pin spring be weakening ?
     
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  2. splattergun

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    It could be a weak spring, or possibly even a broken firing pin. How old is the gun? It could also simply be some crud in there, enough to slow down the spring recoil.
    How does other ammo fire in that gun?
     
  3. ApacheCoTodd

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    And that ammo in other guns was well.

    Todd.
     
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  4. Hog huntin Harry

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    Other ammo works great (Winchester #9 game loads, Remington 000 buckshot, Monarch 7 1/2 birdshot)

    I don't have another 12 gauge to try. I've never in the 250 slugs I've put through it have failed to fire.
     
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  5. Wis-Harpo

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    I had light firing pin strikes in my Rem 1100 20 gauge LW. I took out the bolt, sprayed it with action shotgun cleaner, let it dry, and lightly sprayed some Otis dry lubricant into the firing pin hole and spring, let it dry. Bingo no more light strikes. I clean my guns every time after I shoot them. BUT I had never cleaned inside the bolt where the firing pin is . I bought the shotgun in 1997, my fault in not cleaning it correctly.
     
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  6. splattergun

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    I have a Taurus 709S that objects to my handloads. It has shot every commercial ammo I've tried without fail, about 1000 rounds. But about 1of every 100 of my handloads fails to fire the 1st strike, but will fire the 2nd strike. The same homebrew ammo will shoot beautifully without any issue in my other 9mms. Recently I sprayed the bolt with cleaner and blew it out with air. I will try it with my handloads again as soon as I can shoot. Recovering from surgery, so it will be a few weeks before I can get to a range. If that doesn't work, I'll simply accept that this gun doesn't like my ammo and only use commercial fodder.
    It's very possible that your Mav88 doesn't like that brand of ammo.
     
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  7. Hog huntin Harry

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    I hope that ain't the case cause it accuracy wise only likes Winchester slugs. Also I wish you a speedy recovery, I'm sure your guns are lonely.
     
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  8. herrwalther

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    First things first, narrow down if it is an ammo problem or gun problem. I would try a few different shells first before thinking of taking it apart. Winchester isn't really known for having hard primers so you can narrow that out already.

    The hammer spring is pretty easy to get to once you have the trigger housing removed. You will want to take out the hammer strut before removing the trigger. Both are held in with just a cross pin. You can also order a new assembly for $55.

    https://www.gunpartscorp.com/products/1482350
     
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  9. Hog huntin Harry

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    I did a deep clean on my Maverick 88 and it still is getting light primer strikes. It's old and beat up anyway so I'm just gonna sell it to the local pawn shop.
    I thank y'all for the help.
     
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