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Maverick 88 vs Stevens 320

The Maverick 88 is the result of Mossberg deciding to make a budget shotgun to compete with all the Turkish shotguns flooding the market in the mid eighties. They basically took their 500 and re-designed it for easier and cheaper manufacturing, then contracted a machine shop in Mexico to make the parts. They have the rough parts shipped into Eagle Pass, Texas (Maverick County), and then they are finished and assembled there. They released it in 1988, hence the “Maverick 88”. As far as the Stevens, those are made in China somewhere. I have a 200 dollar Maverick 88 with the 18.5" barrel. It’s a pretty good shotgun for 2 bills. That being said, I did cut my thumb loading it with all the rough edges, so I eventually busted out the files and stones and completely disassembled it, then de-horned everything and duracoated it. If you get the 18.5 barrel, the other downside is that it won’t be threaded for chokes, so you’ll be stuck with cylinder bore. I would go with the Winchester SXP defender for 320 bucks if chokes are important to you.

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Just put my order in for one. Fin, Feather and Fur wins it.
Total price was $265 for the Maverick 88 12ga 20" 7+1

Found one for $215 at GunNerd or whatever it is.
High $45 shipping, but I was willing to tolerate it.
Then came a $8 CC fee that just pissed me off.
So FF&F beat 'em by $3 and did it nicely.

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Good work, bro!

That had to be a bummer for you. After reading of your mishap I looked at the loading ports on my Cruiser and my ol’ 590. They both had the same smooth chamfer.

:rofl:

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I am still tempted by this one, maybe throw it in the jeep or the boat.
Well, after Cerakoting it to give it a bit of protection.

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Looks a lot like mine!
I run shortys too, nice having 8+1 in such a small package.


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I picked up the Maverick from my FFL yesterday, a little after lunch.
Got the ammo today. And the MCARBO trigger kit and follower arrived.
There’s 490 rounds of cheap, beautiful, awesome Russian shells.

I might actually wait to range test and play with it next weekend.
There will be 40 rounds of MiniShells slugs and buckshot here then.
Plus the OPSol Mini-Clip. And the Stevens 320 Security to play with.

I went a little shotgun crazy. That’s what a week off of work will do.

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I was looking at those LaserSaddles. How do you like it?
That’s a sweet setup, BTW. Much like the one in the video.
Here’s a nice light for the 500/590 I was looking at.

https://www.premiumselectsupplies.com/products/streamlight-tl-racker-shotgun-forend-light

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I was on the fence about it until a buddy of got one, then I was sold.
Mine is the green flavor and it works flawlessly, I haven’t even needed to adjust it. Highly recommended.

I tried your link for the flashlight but it didn’t work.
I’ve been looking for a solution for my rig.

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That link works for me, but here’s one to Amazon.
Amazon.com: Streamlight 69600 TL-Racker 1000 Lumens Forend Light for selected Mossberg models with CR123A Lithium Batteries, Black, Box Packaged : Sports & Outdoors

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That’s a neat idea.
I think I want to run GG&G magazine mount and a Surefire, at least that’s the latest plan.:wink:

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If I’d seen this deal a few days ago, I would have bought it instead of the Stevens.

Winchester SXP Defender 12 Gauge Pump Shotgun with Flat Dark Earth Finish | Locked & Loaded Limited (lockedloaded.com)

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Hicock45 on YouTube has a great review Maverick 88 - YouTube

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That’s a good looking scattergun.:heart_eyes:

Is that place legit?

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I don’t know. But that’s a great price on it too.

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Those sure are nifty! :drooling_face:
Might require some 'smithing to be adapted to a Mav 88:


Maybe not too difficult to drill and tap, but could be other differences with the trigger housing pin, etc.

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You’ll have to drill and tap the holes in the top of the receiver. It’s an aluminum receiver, so be gentle. Use an 8-40 tap. The pins should be in the same spot for the trigger, etc., if I remember correctly, although it’s been years since I had a 500/590 in my possession. You’d want to maybe use a pic rail or something for a 500/590 as a template to avoid messing up your saddle while drilling/tapping.

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One down, two to go:


Install was [not] so much fun. :sweat_smile:

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@Slowest @ValorSolo

Don’t forget the spike…

There are longer ones on eBay as well if needed. Plan on one for my 500 to stick out about 1” past the front end :arrow_right::heart:

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Two down, one to go:


Almost convinced my FDE Mav 88 was thrown together on a Friday…front bead was loose & not a drop of threadlocker on the mag tube, whereas the Cruiser had plenty of red on the tube threads (real :bear: to break loose, even after heating) and bead was snug.

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The Aquila Minishell Slugs are fun as hell. I need to buy some pumpkins.
The OPSol works perfectly so far. And 12+1 is an impressive capacity.
The 12th round just barely fits, but it does fit and that’s all that matters.
The Federal Shorty shells are a bit shorter, so they should work nicely.

Also I picked up the Stevens 320 Security yesterday from the FFL.
The action on this shotgun is the smoothest of any shotgun I own.
Fit and finish is very nice too. Not a Benelli but good enough for $188.
It’s a very good quality gun to be made in China. Worth every penny.

I added a +1 extension to the Stevens from Choate’s riflestock.com.
So I believe it is 6+1 now. It’ll make a great beater to keep in my Jeep.

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