I have done a lot of research on the Maverick field 88 before buying the shotgun, and could not be happier. Thanks to those on here who have posted how much they like the gun. Heres where my question lies, i have a mossberg 500A set up for just dear hunting. I was playing with them both tonight, as I just got the 88 today, and have heard that the forends are not interchange able. When I took the one off of the 500A it slid right onto the 88 and functioned amazing. I am unsure how some say that the forend will not fit the 88. Maybe it matters that the 88 was built in December of 2009 and they changed something. Any insight as to why these won't work on each other is greatly appreciated. Should have pictures up at some point tommorow.