Originally Posted by 7X57Mauser
Ok haters, let me put it this way to you. My statements of OPINION are based upon my EXPERIENCES, not BS I read on the interweb somewhere. Both shotguns, and a few others are currently fielded by the US military. I have owned Mossbergs, and the cast and drop did not suit me, nor could I get it adjusted to fit me correctly. As I grew up with an 870 in hand, the Mossbergs I have owned and handled (12's, 20's, and a 410) did not work or handle as well. When my cheap brother-in-law's cheap Maverick had an action bar fail, I decided I would not have any more 870s. You can pipe off with all your BS, but I KNOW my 870s WORK and will continue to do so.
All that said, my pheasant gun is a Model 12, and I'd give you my truck before I give it up.
Quick Question. Why would the failure of your BIL's Maverick 88 turn you away from a Remington 870? If anything, I would figure it would sour you to the M 500, given the fact that Mavericks are made by Mossberg.
I had a Maverick 88 for about 20 years, and never had a problem with it. The only reason I no longer have it is that a friend's son needed a shotgun to start hunting a few years ago, and his parents were flat broke at the time. I gave them one of the best shotguns I have ever owned so he could take his son with him, and pass the tradition of hunting to the next generation. I have a lot of memories tied to that shotgun, from successful rabbit hunts with the beagle that passed on 11 years ago, to the first time that I shot a bigger deer than my dad did. or the time that I saw him miss the same doe with ALL 5 shots in his 5500 and I nailed it at a full run at 30 yards ( He had been doing his qualification at the range 2 days earlier using an M-16, and he forgot to drop down to the comb.
My point is this. Just because you had a problem with one gun from a certain maker, that doesn't make all of that brand's products crap. Sometimes a lemon will show up in a bag of oranges. when that happens, don't throw out the bag and swear of (or at) Sunkist. Use that lemon to make lemonade, and check the next bag a little more closely when you go out to buy one.