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Ok well ive had this mavrick 88 with 28" barrel ive used for trap, and sporting clays, a while back i bought a new trapgun, so i really dont have the need for this one. My best guess is that i could sell it for 100$, but why would i want to do that? i dont have a HD shot gun! so what should i do with this thing, also i dont want to waist a bunch of money on a gun that probably has more then 10k rounds through it. I was thinking cut the barrel and put a stock with a hand grip on possibly a magazine extension. thoughts? and what is the legal size i can cut this thing down too? A mossberg 400a can be had for 350$ should i even bother? btw i hate pistol grip shot guns i like the stock with the grip on it for HD, so id need a new stock if bought the mossburg.
 

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from what i heard 99% of the parts are the same. But i think a new barrel is around 100$ This gun is beat up, it was used to teach boy scouts how to shoot trap, and often used as a spare when ever some one that came with us to sporting clays didnt have a shotgun, and when that means since they didnt own it they weren't so gentile with it. so im not sure about dropping alot of money on it. I would believe its still very dependable though.
 

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Chopping the barrel will be cheaper than buying a new one.

Personally, have a gunsmith do it; it should only run you $30 or so, and it's quite likely they will touch up the blue on the fresh cut part to prevent rust, and put a new bead on.

Then shoot it, and see how you like it; go from there if you want to make changes.
 

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Chopping the barrel will be cheaper than buying a new one.

Personally, have a gunsmith do it; it should only run you $30 or so, and it's quite likely they will touch up the blue on the fresh cut part to prevent rust, and put a new bead on.

Then shoot it, and see how you like it; go from there if you want to make changes.
so i shouldnt take the gun to the chop saw my self? lol it would end up crooked... I talked to a friend he said he will do (hes a gunsmith for many years) but since it has a rail across the barrel it might come out a bit funny were the cut is he said to possibly silver solder the end of it back to the barrel were the cut will be made. This thing will kick alot with the shorter barrel right?
 

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Perhaps slightly more recoil, but that's more a function of the gun being lighter as opposed to having a shorter barrel.

And have your friend see if he can cut the rib through a support; it may mean you end up with a 19" barrel, but it'll probably look better.
 

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I hate just the pistol grip on a shot gun, just for the fact of i like aiming down the sights. Ill probably run a adjustable stock with pistol grip, or possiblly a folding stock. I know it takes away from some of the maneuverability of it but after shooting a few of the 500a's with pistol grip i realized im lacking in hipfiring skills. Also i love that the safety is on the trigger guard on the mavericks, since all my other rifles have it there my muscle memory just goes straight to it.
 

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Folding/adjustables are just tacticool show with no practical go on a shotgun.

Keep the regular buttstock on it. Better control, able to aim, and won't focus the recoil in a narrow area like a folder/collapsible.

As far as the maneuverability goes...that's just mall ninja doublespeak. If you need to reduce the length of your shotgun for maneuverability, just tuck the buttstock under your armpit...it'll give the added bonus of better control of it should somebody attempt to grab it, and can be brought to the shoulder for controllable firing almost instantly.
 

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Folding/adjustables are just tacticool show with no practical go on a shotgun.

Keep the regular buttstock on it. Better control, able to aim, and won't focus the recoil in a narrow area like a folder/collapsible.

As far as the maneuverability goes...that's just mall ninja doublespeak. If you need to reduce the length of your shotgun for maneuverability, just tuck the buttstock under your armpit...it'll give the added bonus of better control of it should somebody attempt to grab it, and can be brought to the shoulder for controllable firing almost instantly.
Ive never fired one with a grip and stock is there any advantage to somthing like this, compaired tot he standard stock?
 

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ha its funny im just watching "american guns" and some guy is doing the same thing but with an 870... but its gunna cost him 1700$ even if i bought a new barrel a new stock, and a side saddle and magazine extender id only be at 400 max.... and how i plan on doing it im only looking to spend about 200$ or less.
 

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I put a similar stock on my 500.

I went with a cheapie ATI version of that stock, and I like it a lot. For me, it lets me keep it tight to my shoulder, and I can work the pump faster than with a regular stock. Plus it being tight to my shoulder keeps the effects of the recoil down. The only thing that sucks is the action lock lever is a pita to hit now. People said the safety would be an issue, but to me it's not a big deal, I can get to it pretty easy with my thumb. You won't have to worry about the safety with the 88 though.

If it were me, I'd cut the barrel down myself just to save $$ if it's as beat up as you say it is. Then put one of those clip on fiber optic front sights on it.

Here's my mossy:

 

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The only fault I can say about the pistol grip stock on an 88 is the pump release. Its kinda harder to get to it. I will say this about the 88, Im a police officer and have shot and had a variety of shotguns but I keep coming back to the 88. I have taken patrol shotgun classes and can burn 100 yard steel targets up all day with the 88. To me, for the cost, its the best all around shotgun. Of course, by the time your done accessorizing it, you will have more in the accessories than the gun itself. With the gun and accessories I have $500 in my 88. Crazy you all might think but I love it and will take it over and put it up against any police issued Remington or Benelli. Just my opinion.
 
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