Gotcha, thanks. That's what the "Salesman" said but he was kinda shifty so I wasn't sure if he was being honest. The Remington 870 was about twice as much but I think nicer so I'm a bit undecided, think I'll borrow a few buddies shotguns and see what I like before just buying.
mine is also looser than my Winchester SXP, but it works fine, as did the last one. just looser tolerances, i guess, but it doesn't seem to affect the way they work, so personally i don't worry about it.
The action bars on the Mosbergs are riveted allowing them to "rattle" a bit. The Remingtons and Winchesters have solit actin bars welded to the slide tube. I don't know that one is better than the other, just different.
I just rode over to a buddies house and grabbed his Mossberg 88 and it's much tighter than the one in the store and he says he hasn't done anything to it, still stock but I'm going to take it to the range tomorrow and see how it shoots.
I recently got an 870 after a couple of decades of shooting Mossberg 500/590 shotguns (my own and the Navy's). Both shotguns are reliable, but yes the Mossberg's riveted action bars do give the impression of a looser fit gun.
I do like the position of the controls on the Mossberg better, but I wouldn't bet against either shotgun as far as reliability.