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Maverick 88 12GA 20" Security Cylinder Bore Reviews

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117 Reviews. Average Rating:    4.9 of 5 Stars!
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by Tom C Saturday 10 February, 2018
I bought this Maverick as a dedicated home defense shotgun that I could load and leave under my bed as my "heavy artillery" at close range. As an old retired cop, I can run a 12 gauge pump gun in my sleep almost, and know what it can do at close range. I got this one because I wanted something with a reasonable track record for reliability, at a price that wouldn't break the bank. I know from experience that if the gun is ever actually used in a defensive shooting, it will most certainly be taken as evidence, and by the time I see it again, if ever, it might even be rusted shut. Therefore I wasn't going to put a lot of money into it. The one thing I did want was an extended magazine tube, but not because I wanted the gun to hold lots of shells necessarily. I learned a long time ago that the weakest link in the pump shotgun was the magazine tube spring. As an armorer, I used to replace them all the time in department shotguns that stayed fully loaded constantly. I learned a long time ago that a partially loaded magazine tube was best for shotguns that were not going to be used much. With this model, I can put five rounds of buckshot in the tube and still leave the spring not fully compressed. In addition, if I need another type of ammo, for example a slug, I can grab one off of the butt stock cuff and feed it into the mag tube, pump the action and I'm set, because there was empty space left in the magazine tube. For those reasons, I consider this model superior to the very similar 6 round version sold at about the same price here. But, if you think you might want to add a longer hunting barrel at some point, you will need to buy that one, because it can't be done on this model. This is a pretty good shotgun for the money, but you do have to put up with the safety being on the trigger guard on this model rather than the tang like on a Mossberg 500. You also get a plastic trigger group that can crack sometimes under heavy use, but few will use a shotgun of this type hard enough for that to be a concern. The only other thing I will mention is that the action on my gun came out of the box a bit stiff but is wearing in now. On the upside, my gun patterned especially well out to 25 yards with Federal Tactical Reduced Recoil 00 Buckshot, and was pretty accurate with Federal Law Enforcement 1 ounce slugs out to 50 yards, even using just the simple front bead sight. Overall, I don't think you can beat this for the money as a dedicated defense gun or even in a pinch to hunt with at closer ranges.

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Jeffrey T Thursday 08 February, 2018
The gun functions perfectly and quick delivery by Bud’s to my FFL. Would absolutely do business with Bud’s again!

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Richard T Sunday 04 February, 2018
The Maverick 88 12 ga 20" security arrived well packaged and undamaged from Bud's in the expected time frame. It is well designed, (cross-bolt safety located in front of trigger guard) finished, and functions well. Don't be concerned about the polymer as it functions as well as my 500's and the cross-bolt safety is more desirable than the tang safeties. An excellent choice for home security as well as the pick-up and ATV. The affordable pricing makes it practical to buy one for home security, one for the pick-up, and one for the ATV.

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Larry D Wednesday 27 December, 2017
I have owned this exact same shotgun once before, about 10 years ago. If anything, I think it has been slightly improved by use of a more forgiving recoil pad. Not much else seems to have changed. It's definitely an entry level, utilitarian 12 gauge. No frills, no bells or whistles, but it functions perfectly, is VERY accurate, and groups well, despite the 20" security length barrel. It's not quite as durable as a similar $400 Mossberg 500, which uses steel in place of some of the polymer on the Maverick 88. It's not as prestigiously carried by law enforcement as the Remington 870, and it doesn't have as slick and fast an action as the Winchester Defender, but if you want a reliable, fun, and inexpensive way to lay down serious 12 gauge firepower, NEVER overlook the Maverick 88 as an excellent option, because this gun will do everything the others will, without breaking the bank!

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Brian M Monday 25 December, 2017
It%u2019s cheap and it works. Handles all loading from light target to some nasty slugs. There are no recoil reducing properties to this firearm whatsoever so be aware that even light loads may leave a mark as opposed to a trap gun etc.

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Jonathan Y Monday 11 December, 2017
Good gun fits 7 three inch shells in the mag tube and one in the chamber. Very clean. Lightweight. The slide is sticky when I first went out with it cause its new, but it slides super easy now after I cycled it a bunch and oiled it. So oil it when you first get it and If you don't go out and shoot it run some dummy rounds through it a bunch of times to get it worn in. What I also like about it is that almost all parts for a Mossberg 500 can be put in this. Just remember most Mossberg 500s are 6 shots not 8 like this so if you want to buy a different barrel to make this gun more versatile just be aware at what you have. Maybe you might want to get the Maverick 88 field model instead those come in 6 shot. And you can change the barrels out with 500s. Since the barrels screw onto the end of the mag tube you need to watch out for that.

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
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