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DaveFJ80 05-02-2010 3:12 PM

Maverick 88 or Mossberg 500 combo?
Not to beat a dead horse here, but looking for a "cheap" (in price) shotgun, on the Mossberg platform.... not looking for Hawk, Pardner, CD, etc.

No mods planned for it except for a Hogue Tamer forend and PGO grip that I already have for the Mossberg gun, which will fit onto the Mav 88. I know the slide assembly needs to be purchased if I put the forend on either gun. The gun will sit in the closet 99% of the time for HD use. The other 1% use will be at the range, possibly once every few months, if that.

With that said, is the Maverick 88 for $199 a good enough deal? Or is it worth spending an extra $50-$60 for the Big 5 Mossberg 500 combo? (I'd probably end up selling the 28" barrel, if that matters). What's the advantage/pro for spending that extra $50, besides having the 'Mossberg' name (even though Maverick is still technically made by Mossberg and says so on it)?

Just looking for some opinions.

wyattearp 05-02-2010 3:59 PM

If you're going to go pistol grip then the Maverick is the best choice as the safety is on the trigger guard. The 500's safety forces you to change your grip to deactivate/activate.

Starlifter 05-02-2010 5:41 PM

I'd go with the combo and sell the extra barrel.

Info - The last Maverick 88 I saw had the same forend as the 500.

tomd1584 05-02-2010 6:51 PM

my Maverick is an absolute workhorse.

It's been my favorite weapon to shoot recently, I'd say for the last 3 months or so.

I shoot every Monday and Friday nights, and usually put about 50-75 rounds each session. This thing just keeps pumping out shells like clockwork.

I bought mine used for $100, added a Knoxx recoil reducing stock from my dad (he didnt like it on his Mossberg 500).

Practically no recoil, fast follow up shots. Only thing i'd like to do is switch to a 18" barrel, I feel that the 20" is just a little too long.


caoboy 05-02-2010 7:30 PM

500 combo has a maverick forearm.

Get the 500, and keep the extra barrel!

DaveFJ80 05-03-2010 12:12 PM

Correction... I did some calculations (with local sales tax and DROS fees), and here's what I come out with:

Maverick 88 (from Turner's.... no Big 5 in my area carries one) - $249.69 after taxes + DROS

Mossberg 500 Combo (from Big 5) - $291.93 after taxes + DROS and 10% coupon.

So a difference of only $42. From what I've read (and seen), the Big 5 Mossy 500 combo has the same forend setup as the Mav 88, it's 1-piece so you would need a completely new slide assembly and nut if you add an aftermarket forend. Really the only differences for $42 that you get is the extra 28" barrel and the Mossberg name on the gun (even though they're both built by Mossberg), and the different safety location but that doesn't add or take away any value.

Unless I can get a better deal on the Mav 88, I'll probably just pick up the Big 5 combo and put on my Hogue grip & forend on it (and order forend slide assembly parts).

caoboy 05-03-2010 12:25 PM

The maverick is made in Mexico and the 500is made in the USA.

DaveFJ80 05-03-2010 12:32 PM


Originally Posted by caoboy (Post 4228626)
The maverick is made in Mexico and the 500is made in the USA.

They're both "made" in Texas. Some parts from either gun are manufactured in Mexico, as explained on other sites. Internals are 98% exactly the same, where only the safety bolt is different. I've seen both, and the receiver housing is what differs (which doesn't matter for HD use).

Eleutheros 05-03-2010 8:08 PM

The Mossberg 500 has a ten-year warranty. The Maverick's warranty is one year.

Foriegn power 05-03-2010 8:20 PM

You know what, have you held the maverick 88? Well if not, when i was in the market for a so call cheap shotgun I went and held the maverick 88 and said no way am I buying this. I would go with the 500 model instead, i figure i would pay more for better feel and quality. So in the end I invested about $150 more and got an 870.

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