I have an eighteen inch Maverick 88 (full stock) that I keep as the "house" gun.
The first time I shot it after purchasing, the action did feel kind of.... "sloppy". But after a couple boxes of shells I felt more confident in the gun since it proved to be quite reliable.
My reasoning for selecting the Maverick was that I know that if I ever had
to use the gun, it would most likely be taken away - never to return again. I wouldn't loose any sleep over the cost of the gun....
I have no doubt the 88 can get the job done. (#4 buck...)