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Mossberg 88 is Too Big

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by azhunter122, Aug 27, 2008.

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  1. azhunter122

    azhunter122 Member

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    I have a Mossberg model 88 18" it is super heavy and super long, what can I do? Can I buy a new barrel?
     
  2. Slimjim

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    Unless you decide to pay uncle sam, its not getting any shorter. Of course, you could shorten it to 16 inches and permanently attach a 2 inch brake/flash hider also. So, i think you should hit the gym.
     
  3. Nolo

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    Can I have it?
    Honestly, if the 88 is too big for you at 18", then get a break-open. They're still effective weapons, and they'll actually work for you.
    I know how it is to not be able to hold the gun up as long as I need to.
    I just kinda got stronger.
    You may not be able to, and I recommend a break open. They're usually cheap.
     
  4. EHCRain10

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    try a 20ga, the ones i have are a bit lighter than my 12ga even in the same model
     
  5. Deer Hunter

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    Time for some PT.
     
  6. azhunter122

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    Sorry, I meant the 28" NOT the 18"! lol I was feeling like I was just out of shape for a minute!
     
  7. Deer Hunter

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    You still may be!

    Is it too front-heavy? What are you using it for?
     
  8. azhunter122

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    I was using it for clay pigeons the other day and got real tired of moving the thing all over the place to shoot.
     
  9. Deer Hunter

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    You could get a shorter barrel, but it may be that you just need to get stronger in the shoulders, deltoid, and trap muscles.
     
  10. goon

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    If you find that you don't like a pump, try a break open.
    I have a little NEF 20 gauge that is a very light, quick handling gun.

    At one point I had a Mossberg 835 that I used for hunting.
    It was kind of heavy to carry around all day and I found that everything I shot got shot three times whether it needed it or not. It went kind of like this:

    Squirrel - (run, run, run...)
    Me - BANG!
    Squirrel - "Ooohhh, you got me..." (drawing his last breath)
    Me - BANG! BANG!
    Squirrel - (falls out of the tree after being weighted down with about three ounces of lead)

    With a single barrel NEF 12 gauge I was just as effective and always brought some ammunition home besides. And the gun was much lighter to haul around all day.
    IF I ever get another shotgun for hunting it will be a full length NEF 12 or 20 gauge single barrel.
     
  11. kingjoey

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    We have a Moss500/Mav88 barrel in stock that is 16.25" with a KA-1212BR breaching attachment permanently installed to make a 18.25" OAL. We can also turn down your barrel if you'd like. We can remove the rib or blend the rib into a KA-1212 also. Here's a pic of a Rem870 barrel we did recently, we milled a notch into the brake to accept the rib then turned everything in the lathe for a smooth, clean appearance and fit.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Dave McCracken

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    A few practice mounts every day will help. Of course, ensure the thing is empty first.

    You're using muscles in a new way. It takes a while to adapt like any other activity.
     
  13. foghornl

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    My Maverick 88 came with the 28" Mod choke barrel...great for general hunting duty, but waaaay to long and unwieldy inside the house...as Mrs. Foggy pointed out the SECOND time I poked a hole in the wall while checking things out.

    SO, it now sports the 18-1/2" cylinder bore barrel for HomeLand Security duty. Not that much lighter, but much handier inside the house.
     
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    An 18 1/2 " long gun is too long IMHO for more'n safe room duty IMHO. I'll "check things out" with a handgun. They're short and that's what they do well. I have 6 shotguns, hunt with all of 'em, have the little Spartan 20 gauge coach gun for safe room duties when it's not knockin' down doves or teal. I could just as easily use my 28" Winchester 1400 or Mossberg camo M500 for that, I reckon. If I have to leave the safe room (bedroom), I grab the .38. Of course, if I put my pants on, there's always a 9mm in the pocket loaded with 10+1 rounds of 115 grain +P. I carry that gun 24/7 when I ain't giving it a break for a .38 snubby. It's all in your tactics.
     
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