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Old 08-09-2018, 4:21 PM
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Default Maverick 88 12g combo, in jail.

Hello,

This would be my first shotty. Intended to get me started with hunting. And JIC, HD, SHTF...

What should I know about this gun, any cool must have add ons?

I would like to add a rifled barrel to it, suggestions?

Where do I get the cheapest deal for good slugs?

So far I ordered a limb saver right away, my 45/70 taught me a lesson.

What shooting ranges in or around the bay area let you shoot other than slugs?

Can I try skeet with the 28 barrel it comes with?

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Old 08-09-2018, 6:58 PM
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1st please quit calling it a shotty, lol
great starter gun to see if you like shotgun sports.
my son in law hunted with one his 1st hunting season, it's worked great. small issues but nothing big.
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Old 08-09-2018, 7:53 PM
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OP. Excellent choice for starters. Regarding rifled barrels. Any barrel that works for a Mossberg 500 NON SECURITY MODEL should work for you. The 88 is the same design regarding the barrel. And the 28 inch will work very well for skeet. It's a great gun to start with, but as time goes if you really get into skeet, you will eventually appreciate an O/U and an Autoloader. The pump may get tiring for you with skeet depending. Otherwise you will enjoy your 88. Good luck!
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Old 08-09-2018, 8:43 PM
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Maverick 88 was my first 12ga. Never had an issue with it. Good choice!
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Old 08-09-2018, 9:13 PM
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the range near me allows you to shoot a HD shotgun using those spring loaded throwers, 7 or 8s work well for this. Slugs pack a big punch so i don't practice much with them and only on the rifle range. I took a few shotgun classes at Triple Bs,it's a great way to pick up the fundamentals.
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1st please quit calling it a shotty, lol
Yeah, this

Maverick 88 is an excellent basic gun - especially with the combo barrel set. Try the regular barrels with foster slugs before you invest in a rifled barrel - those are truly only worth it if you are lobbing sabot rounds out to 100+ meters.

Right now, I’m loving the 2 1/4” buckshot from Centurion, just enough recoil to smart, and I get an extra round in the magazine.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:39 PM
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Get yourself 4 boxes of 12ga target / hunting shells loaded with # 7 1/2 or #8 shot.

Drive up to Diablo Rod and Gun Club in Concord.

Seek out the GreyHairs ...the GreyHairs have knowlage

The GreyHairs will teach you

Shooting Skeet doubles and Sporting Clay doubles is one of the best and affordable training you can get on how to run a pump

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Old 08-10-2018, 2:23 AM
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Great choice for a first shotgun and picking the combo was also a good choice.

As far as your other questions I am of no help. I usually keep an eye on Walmart and Big 5 for sales in my area. A couple guys I work with buy shells from Dicks but I won't step foot in there so I can't speak to that.
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Good choice OP!

I just bought a Maverick 88 combo at Big 5 too! Picked it up the other day. Haven't had it out to the range, but I second the points already put forth:

Get some #7.5 or #8 target loads to shoot some trap, it's a ton of fun. I haven't been to any of the bay area trap ranges yet, so can't recommend one, I go to the Yolo Sportsman's range near Woodland for trap, haven't tried Skeet yet.

You already made the smart choice of a Limbsaver recoil pad, and I don't know what else you might need, will let someone who hunts chime in on that.

Depending on what part of the bay area you are in, Reed's Indoor Range in Santa Clara allows all 12ga loads (birdshot, buckshot, or slugs, but no steel) at their facility:
http://www.reedsindoorrange.com/rangerules.pdf
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Yeah, nice gun. I don't shoot mine a lot but it works great every time I do.
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Get yourself 4 boxes of 12ga target / hunting shells loaded with # 7 1/2 or #8 shot.

Drive up to Diablo Rod and Gun Club in Concord.

Seek out the GreyHairs ...the GreyHairs have knowlage

The GreyHairs will teach you

Shooting Skeet doubles and Sporting Clay doubles is one of the best and affordable training you can get on how to run a pump

Have fun.....If you want to hook up at Diablo, drop me a PM in the future


Thank you, I most definitely will do so. Around here only slugs are allowed
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Good choice OP!



I just bought a Maverick 88 combo at Big 5 too! Picked it up the other day. Haven't had it out to the range, but I second the points already put forth:



Get some #7.5 or #8 target loads to shoot some trap, it's a ton of fun. I haven't been to any of the bay area trap ranges yet, so can't recommend one, I go to the Yolo Sportsman's range near Woodland for trap, haven't tried Skeet yet.



You already made the smart choice of a Limbsaver recoil pad, and I don't know what else you might need, will let someone who hunts chime in on that.



Depending on what part of the bay area you are in, Reed's Indoor Range in Santa Clara allows all 12ga loads (birdshot, buckshot, or slugs, but no steel) at their facility:

http://www.reedsindoorrange.com/rangerules.pdf


Oh good! Ill check it out! Thank you
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Thank you, I most definitely will do so. Around here only slugs are allowed

Only slugs are allowed? That would make trap and skeet WAYYY more interesting.
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Only slugs are allowed? That would make trap and skeet WAYYY more interesting.


The range i can go after work doesnt have skeet or trap
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I picked it up today. Sweet gun!

I will take it to the range tomorrow after work!
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Cool! Post a report once you go!

I hope to take mine out to the range soon. I want to do some trap with the field barrel and some slugs with the 18.5" barrel. I was going to get a Limbsaver for mine too, but the stock recoil pad actually seems reasonably soft, so I figured I'd try it first then decide. The stock Maverick recoil pad is far softer than my Remington 870's stock pad (which, but not quite as soft as the Limbsaver Airtech pad I got for my 870).
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Seek out moving targets like skeet and trap. The skill is in hitting those. Everything else will fall into place
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Only slugs are allowed? That would make trap and skeet WAYYY more interesting.

Jed shoots them with a rifle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBVqbP6ZBPY
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Cool! Post a report once you go!

I hope to take mine out to the range soon. I want to do some trap with the field barrel and some slugs with the 18.5" barrel. I was going to get a Limbsaver for mine too, but the stock recoil pad actually seems reasonably soft, so I figured I'd try it first then decide. The stock Maverick recoil pad is far softer than my Remington 870's stock pad (which, but not quite as soft as the Limbsaver Airtech pad I got for my 870).


I noticed the same thing about the stock but +1600fps slugs are similar to how my 45/70 thump almost sent my shoulder out to orbit earth.
The low recoil Fiocchi slugs are probably fine without extra padding.

I was able to hit the paper target at 50yrds with the 18.5 barrel and its bead sights. Not accurate but at least I was on the paper.

Next range trip, ill bring the 28 barrel.

Its a sweet gun for sure.
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Did it come with a set of chokes? Moving from a cylinder bore to a modified choke for trap was a huge improvement for me.

Edit: not sure about compatibility, but the Hogue overmold, stock and fore end on my Mossberg 500 was an excellent upgrade.

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Forget the rifled barrel and spend the money on ammunition and range fees. Use "rifled slugs" which don't need a rifled barrel.

Unless you are going to shoot a lot, get ammo at Walmart. Be safe and enjoy.
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Did it come with a set of chokes? Moving from a cylinder bore to a modified choke for trap was a huge improvement for me.

Edit: not sure about compatibility, but the Hogue overmold, stock and fore end on my Mossberg 500 was an excellent upgrade.


Came with one choke, not sure but I thin is Improved?
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Forget the rifled barrel and spend the money on ammunition and range fees. Use "rifled slugs" which don't need a rifled barrel.



Unless you are going to shoot a lot, get ammo at Walmart. Be safe and enjoy.


Walmart? Really? I didnt know they sell ammo. Hilltop mall is the closest I have, and the one near san leandro range when Im there... do they sell ammo there?
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Not all Wal-Mart's sell ammo. You'll have to check. If your's does, buy the Federal"Field&Target". The Win "Universal" isn't very good.Fed's come in 100 pack. About $22.00.
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Came with one choke, not sure but I thin is Improved?
I think the field barrel's factory installed choke is a Modified one. I was surprised at how short the choke tube is, it is about half the length of my 870's chokes.

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Not all Wal-Mart's sell ammo. You'll have to check. If your's does, buy the Federal"Field&Target". The Win "Universal" isn't very good.Fed's come in 100 pack. About $22.00.
I just picked up some of that Federal Field and Target #8 ammo yesterday at a local Wally World. I had previously got a box or two of the Winchester Universal - didn't notice anything bad about it, but I'm not too discerning. What is the issue you've had with it?

It's frustrating that around me the closest Walmart doesn't sell ammo, but some of them not too far away still do (at least for now, I'm curious to see if that changes in January). Does anyone know if there is any rhyme or reason to which ones do/don't carry ammo?

Youtube opinion from Daily Shooter (fellow Californian) on Walmart Ammo:
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Matt, the Win Universal I tried about 2-3 years ago in a pump shotgun[500], wouldn't eject all the time. It seemed the bases "swelled" a bit after firingand were at times difficult to eject. Haven't tried them since, but, have heard similar reports here on this forum. No issues with the Fed.
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Matt, the Win Universal I tried about 2-3 years ago in a pump shotgun[500], wouldn't eject all the time. It seemed the bases "swelled" a bit after firingand were at times difficult to eject. Haven't tried them since, but, have heard similar reports here on this forum. No issues with the Fed.
Thanks for the tip. Now that you mention it, some of the shells were a little tougher to eject than others, but nothing too bad. I'll have to compare with the Federal ammo to see just how much of a difference there is.

Some cursory google research shows that the case swelling seems to be a pretty common issue on the Winchester "Universal" ammo, based on posts from several other forums as well. Other Winchester product lines seem to run without issue.
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Yeah, most other Win shells seem to work fine. When I buy a new/different shotgun shell, it gets shot thru a pump. If things go good there, then thru my semi-auto. Certainly don't want any foul ups in those.
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