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Mossberg Maverick 88 Shotgun


Style Pump Action Shotgun
Frame Steel
Stock Black Nylon
Gauge 12
Capacity 8 shells
151 oz (4281 g)
Length 41 inches (104.1 cm)
Barrel 20 inches (50.8 cm)
Cylinder choke, chambered for 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells
Safety Cross bolt
Sights Bead
Manufactured USA by O.F. Mossberg & Sons
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Mossberg Maverick 88 Reviews

19 Reviews


Luis L. from Constantine, MI on Sun, 27 Mar 2016

I recently bought Mossberg Maverick Model 88 at a local gun show and have installed a heatshield(ATI Brand) down the barrel with hat they called Ar-15 style ghost ring sights mounted on the shield 13 1/2 inches long. llooks fantastic and slipped on a universal shotshell holder and its personalized enough for me. Looks great, now im eager to fire it. anbody recommen any particual round for this gun.

Russell B. from Randolph, VA on Tue, 15 Mar 2016

well i have had my mav88 bout 6 months now and have turned it into a home security weapon!! i have put on a 18.5barrel(cyl. bore)with heat shield,a tri-rail accessory mount with which i mounted a neebo tactical flashlight(it has three settings ,light only,light w/laser,laser only) i used a mission first tactical mount for the light. i put a sling plate behind the barrel hold cap! and last but not least,a pistol grip on it!this madfe a world of difference in handling in close quarters,using #4 buckshot(.240 dia.) 2 3/4" ,29 pellets ,at 30 feet gives a 18 inch diameter pattern with the center 6 inches completely blown out and a pellet about every 3 square inches....totally awesome.... oh yeah it easily converts back to a field gun in ten minutes!!!

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Mon, 29 Feb 2016

I went ahead and purchased my Maverick 88 today and when I brought it home and assembled it I noticed the pump wiggles around alot with very little snugness. Is this a normal occurence with these guns? Overall it's a good looking gun and I hope to get it to the range this fall sometime.

Gilbert R. from Guaynabo, PR on Fri, 22 Jan 2016

I bought my Maverick 88 a few weeks ago. Purchased the 28" barrel. Had a chance to shoot some skeet this weekend. I guess I shot about 42 shells through it. I was very impressed with this gun. This is the most I have ever used a shotgun at one time. The gun handled extremely well. I have a bruise on my right arm but no soreness to speak of. Thinking about getting an 18.5" barrel later on, as well as some fiber optic sites. I'm going to rate this a 5 due to the price, kick, options and reliability thus far.

Russell B. from Randolph, VA on Tue, 13 Oct 2015

I have recently purchased an mav88.i have put about 500 rounds through it.not one ftf or thing i have noticed is that when new ,the action was extremely stiff up until 200 or so rounds were put thru it!now the action is as smooth as silk!!!! i have owned aother mossberg,my first shotgun,a bolt action 20ga with a poly choke on it.. they make good dependable guns

Jason V. from Cincinnati, OH on Thu, 27 Aug 2015

I picked up a Maverick 88 field version (28" bbl) few weeks ago. I couldn't be happier with the purchase. I paid $180 for it and I just toss is around and put very little care to it. It works perfectly fine and goes bang every time. It's such a low maintenance gun and at under $200 I think it's a bargain. The only complain I have is the buttstock doesn't have a sling swivel. Recoil with full powered 12 ga 00 buckshots is nothing out of the ordinary. Fun skeet gun!

Michael I. from Crystal City, TX on Sat, 27 Jun 2015

Decent gun, especially for the cost. I have the 8-shot security version. Completely reliable, but my fore-end does have a lot of wiggle in it. Also the action is not as smooth as my other pump shotties. If $200 was all I could afford for a shotgun? The maverick is a fine choice. If I had a little extra available to spend? I'd bypass the Maverick and upgrade to an 870, a Nova or a real Mossberg.

Jeffrey S. from Florence, NJ on Thu, 14 May 2015

Good shotgun for the money. I've used RIO 2 3/4 low recoil 00 buck in mine for target pratice. Moderate recoil. Like the high capaticy. Good all around gun.

Jack T. from Brigantine, NJ on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

The Mossberg Maverick 88 is my first shotgun, and i'm in love with it already. I can't wait to try it out. Hurry up Hunting season.

Alejandro K. from San Augustine, TX on Sat, 27 Sep 2014

I have one with a 28" barrel, use it mostly for skeet shooting and Goose hunting, not one failure in the 4000+ shots I've shot from it, easy to use, easy to field-strip maintenance extremely easy and accessories easy to find

Keith S. from La Mirada, CA on Tue, 26 Aug 2014

i just bought a maverick 88 i have a couple questions about it if anyone can help 1 is how do u know witch one u have mine holds 5 in 1 and two would be with the barrell it has is it a problem to use 2-3/4 slugs or 2-3/4 00 thats about it this page has helped out alot this is a good gun with very little complants

Ted N. from Los Alamos, NM on Fri, 8 Aug 2014

This was the first gun I ever bought... Bought it at wal-mart back when they still had a pair. I have the 28" model and will never sell it. I've probably put 3000 rounds through it and didn't clean it until about 2000 rounds. this gun has NEVER failed to fire and as NEVER jammed. It is the best $170 I ever spent.

Otto R. from Clubb, MO on Thu, 7 Aug 2014

i got one at a pawnshop for about $100 with a 28' barrel and i love this gun. its a mossberg so its built good. it hits what u aim at and wont fail. my only complaint is the spring is messed up so i cant take out the plug, so mine only hold 2+1, but i think it would hold 4-5+1 if i got a new spring and no plug, however its a used one and looks like the plug was removed before, so i think it was the previous owner that messed it up rather then it being poor quality. i would definatley buy another.

Courtney P. from Stafford, VA on Tue, 4 Mar 2014

I've used my 88 for target and security (I have the 88 with the 18.5" barrel). The mere sight of a shotgun plus the ever present *chu-chink* of the pump makes it the best for the price (especially with '00' buckshot!)

Clarence H. from Madera, CA on Mon, 22 Jul 2013

I bought the 5+1 security and ATI pistol grip at a gun show a month ago and love it. The main difference between Mavericks and Mossbergs seem to be the safety, lack of sling swivel and forend. While shooting I did have a few instance where the gun was jamming and I wasn't able to cycle the action but it freed up after a few tries (and that is the only reason I won't give it a 5/5 ). This happened about once per 100 rounds and it was the first time I'd used the gun so it wasn't just a maintenance issue. Everything is compatible with the mossberg 500. Using the pistol grip becomes highly uncomfortable after 20 rounds but would be well suited for home defense where 1-5 rounds would be all that's fired. I plan on getting a 24" barrel for skeet shooting.

Frankie V. from Ludowici, GA on Mon, 25 Mar 2013

This is one gun that will never let you down. I put countless number of rounds through it and its still a great gun. This gun is the same thing as a Mossberg 500 but the safties are located differently. I will reccomend this gun to anyone.

Rickey G. from Watsonville, CA on Sun, 25 Nov 2012

Its a Mossberg 500 with a different name. My brother owns a Mossberg 500 police riot. I have used it enough to know it is one of the best shotguns ever made. I bought the Model 88 for 150 brand new about a year ago, I have not been disappointed. This is every bit as reliable and easy to operate as the 500 and the parts are interchangable between the two shotguns. I have used this shotgun from snakes to clay pigeons, and home defense. I would highly recomend buying one. The only difference between the 500 and the model 88 is where the safety is located. Great gun, most bang for your buck.

Gregory J. from Jeffersonville, KY on Thu, 18 Oct 2012

I saw one at the gun show and what has me interested in the weapon is the price, load capacity and its look. I see the load styles very wit the weapons. I'm fluent in handguns and not shotguns can someone help me.

Juan G. from Henagar, AL on Wed, 27 Jun 2012

This is a shotgun. Simple to use. Simple to load. Easy to point. I have had no malfunctions due to workmanship or ammo. Comes with the pistol grip, which I removed due to personal preference. I paid 200$ new for this shotgun. It is my housegun, i keep it with the max 7 in the tube so the 'click-click' deterrent effect will occur if I need ever be in a defensive situation. I lose the extra one and keep the chamber empty. I load mine with #4 buckshot and 00 buckshot, staggered. Recoil is punishing, but it is a 12 gauge gun. Muzzle flip is negligible. Effect is devastating on paper targets, not to mention soda bottles.

Mossberg Maverick 88 Questions & Comments



Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Mon, 13 Jun 2016

I don't now about that, compared to some of the guys and there arsenal, it looks like i have a pea shooter, lol

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Mon, 13 Jun 2016

I have the Mossberg Pistol Grip 500 pump with 18 1/4 inch barrel. My local range will let you use slugs, or buckshot. I opted for buckshot. I found a couple different variations of 00 (double ot) buckshot with different velosities. Oh, this is in the 2 and 3/4 size. Fiocchi has a "low recoil" 00 shell traveling around 1150 fps with 9 pellets aboard. With the pistol grip mind you, these were easy, just a little more than a good birdshot round. Then I got the same kind of shell only these traveled at 1650 (these were the Hornady Critical Defense shells) fps and after I shot 8 of those, my hand holding the pistol grip was about done. These are the ones I am keeping at the house for when the unwanted visitor comes, I keep a number 8 birdshot in the chamber, usually the first shot will scare somebody off and reduces chance of collateral damage, then I have 5 of the 1650 fps buckshot waiting. Not to mention my 1911 with 3 mags full of Remiington La Sabre 230 SJHP waiting and my Beretta 84 that has 4 13 round mags full. plus a 200 lumen Surefire flashlight that will basically blind someone in the complete darkness. I bought these through Cheaper than dirt, if the package doesn't weigh too much, it seems you get a little better dean from retail stores.

Roger H. from Minneapolis, MN on Mon, 13 Jun 2016

I've got the 20 gauge model and i'm looking for accessories I plan to buy the rifled barrel with the rail and putting a small scope on it, but I've heard the 500's 20 gauge barrels will interchange with the 88 is this true?

Roger H. from Minneapolis, MN on Mon, 13 Jun 2016

I bought the 20 gauge version, put about 37 rounds through it at the shooting range, one FTF, but it was some old winchester AA loads from back in the early 80's no FTE's still impressed with it, went around pawn shops for a while looking at shotguns and came across it, had the smoothest action of all the ones i looked at that day. so i took it home with me, for the price of the 12 and 20 gauge model it's a must have if your looking for a little BANG for your buck

Arthur V. from Pompano Beach, FL on Thu, 2 Jun 2016

im mainly going to use it around my house cause i live out in the country and thanks for the advice

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Mon, 28 Mar 2016

I've heard that federal and remington shotshells feed fine through these but the winchester super X brand can have problems with ejecting correctly. I usually go with federals cause they are cheap and function fine through a mossy or maverick.

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Fri, 11 Mar 2016

thanx guyz. I just went to an indoor range in Arlington WA that let me shoot my pistol grip mossberg, they only let you shoot slugs or buck shot, so I boght 2 boxes of 00 buck and tore the crap out of some paper! it had been a while since I shot that thing and these 2 3/4" shells were HOT! I forgot the brand of them, but it knocked me back first couple of times. I found a 3 sided Picitinny rail that fits on the tube mag between the front of the pump and the barrel take down bolt. and, a light lazer combo for it on of all places!!!! cheap too! pistol grips are for shootin from the hip! I love it.

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Fri, 11 Mar 2016

I was wrong!!!! i'll be the first to admit. after looking and reading about the new maverick it DOES have the twin action side bars! The older versions did NOT have them on both sides, I apologize for this gross miscarriage of information!!!!!!

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Fri, 11 Mar 2016

here are some pictures of the mossberg I have, if you click on them you can see the part i'm talking about, it's a thin metal rail attatch to the rear of the pump on both sides, not just the right side like the maverick. copy and paste this link:

Jimmy Q. from Findlay, OH on Fri, 11 Mar 2016

I currently own, and have owned in the past the Mossberg 500 cruiser with pistol grip and 18.1/4"? barrel and I have owned the less expensive, cheaper Maverick imitation. I can say this about the Maverick, it only has one slide rail support on the right side (the mossberg has one on each side for stability) of the pump, this might explain the pump handle moving around so much. For a cheap gun that your not going to use very much, I would probably rely on it to work when I needed it too. but for using it alot to play with, and shoot alot I don't think it would last as long as a real Mossberg. I also experienced a jamming situation, or FTF on the Maverick. The Mossberg has worked flawlessly. I even hunted ducks with that thing years ago. I found one used for 300.00. I'd rather have the Mossberg than the knock off Maverick. just one shooters opinion

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Mon, 7 Mar 2016

OK I got the gun field stripped and oiled all of the interior components, this gun was a bear to put back together again. I noticed that the slide rails that are riveted to the pump are very wiggly so when I got the gun back together it still is loose around the pump but I guess this is a normal occurence with a shotgun you pay $225 for. If I decided to add a mossy 500 pump slide assembly how much do you think it would cost me? I have seen them online for about 30 bucks but was wondering if I can find them cheaper elsewhere.

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Sat, 27 Feb 2016

Just bought one of these with the 18.5" barrel in 12 gauge, I put it on layaway cause I am short on cash at the moment but I wanted one of these for a long time and had never put the cash down for one. These are exceptional weapons and I got a chance to look at mine today at the store and it is really well built. blueskie if I were you I would go with the 12 gauge for personal protection and maybe even look into the 8 shot model with the 20" barrel. Also the ammo is easier to come by and there are so many different choices that a 20 gauge might not cover. I chose the shorter model for easier manouverability in the home but if you want one for hunting as well go with something that has a longer barrel and one that might be tapped for a scope or laser sight if you are into that sort of thing.

Brandon A. from Danville, NH on Sat, 12 Sep 2015

I am looking to get a shot gun for personal protection. And if I can find a place out here to practice with on a range. With the reviews of the Maverick I believe its the right fit for me. But I know very little about shot guns. Would you suggest a 12 or 20 gauge?

Jason V. from Cincinnati, OH on Thu, 27 Aug 2015

@FryGuy011 Teach her the proper techniques... where to shoulder the buttstock, feet stance, etc. Key is to keep her balanced so the perceived recoil doesn't get to her, especially if she's new to shooting shotguns and using full powered loads. You can also try reduced recoil rounds. Technique is most important, otherwise the shooter could end up with bruised shoulders and end with an unpleasant experience.

Eugene B. from Milton, WV on Fri, 31 Jul 2015

I just bought picked up this gun Friday as my first home defense gun and am wondering if their are any good ways to teach my 105 pound girlfriend how to shoot it without injuring herself. Anyone got some tips?

Richard Q. from Glassboro, NJ on Wed, 24 Jun 2015

After receiving my first rifle from my uncle a few months ago, I have turned into an avid gun enthusiast (the only problem with guns they say is, once you get one, you can't stop!). I purchased my Maverick from a dealer last week. I paid around $190 for it new. I have some questions in regards to gun safety and Maverick ammunition (I am new to this and do not care to ask!) 1.) I realize the necessity of gun cleaning. I have never cleaned my rifle nor seen a gun cleaned. What type of cleaning kit should I look to get for my Maverick? Where could I find HELPFUL gun cleaning videos? 2.) I have taken the gun apart multiple times and practiced over and over with the safety and trigger to get a feel for it. I have yet to fire a round. I purchased two cases of slugs (7 1/2 and 8). What is the best value of shells for my shotgun? This gun may be used to kill the ocassional squirrel, but it's mostly for shooting at the range and for blowing clays to pieces (I wanted a gun to just shoot and enjoy). What kind of shells would be the best value for someone just looking to have fun? Thanks, SSchmidt

Anthony C. from Scottsville, KY on Tue, 10 Mar 2015

Sorry, I put the wrong link in my previous post. This is the one to the shotgun. The prior was to a Knoxx stock that I put on the shotgun.

Anthony C. from Scottsville, KY on Tue, 10 Mar 2015

You can check out my review at: I shot a group at 7 yards of #4 buck that gave a about a 6" spread. I have the 20" barrel 8-shot.

Shawn Q. from Canton, TX on Thu, 26 Feb 2015

george: For home defense, the International Wound Ballistics Association advocates #1 buckshot as superior to all other buckshot sizes. #1 buck is the smallest diameter shot that reliably & consistently penetrates more than 12 inches of standard ordnance gelatin when fired at typical shotgun distances. Furthermore, a standard 2?-inch 12 gauge shotshell contains 16 pellets of #1 buck. The total combined "cross sectional area" of the 16 pellets is 1.13 square inches. Compared to the total combined cross sectional area of the nine pellets in a standard #00 buck shotshell (0.77 square inches), the #1 buck has the capacity to produce over 30 percent more potentially effective wound trauma. #1 buck is less likely to ** over-penetrate ** and exit an attacker's body -- endangering household members in other rooms, neighbors, tenants in thin-walled apartments, etc. For home defense, standard velocity 2?-inch #1 buck shotshell (16 pellets) from Federal, Remington or Winchester are the best choices. Preferably, choose a shotshell that uses both a plastic shot cup and granulated plastic shot buffer to minimize "pellet deformation". This will serve to maintain a tighter pattern. Furthermore, deformed pellets lose velocity rapidly. IMO, a laser sight is not necessary. Of greater importance is the need for a quality, rail-mounted high intensity LED light (e.g. Surefire) -- since both hands will be occupied with the shotgun. Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to ensure that the person you are about to shoot in low-light conditions is indeed an intruder. Since you indicate you have no experience, attending a 2-day "defensive shotgun" training course at a reputable shooting school is highly recommended considering the stakes involved.

Francis L. from Gradyville, KY on Mon, 9 Feb 2015

i have the 12 gauge version (8 rounds). i believe that this version has already been ''choked''...

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