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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?

Thanks.
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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

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