Thursday, April 8, 2010

Maverick 88 shotgun

I picked up a Maverick 88 yesterday at WallyWorld for $157 and added a new stock and barrel.  So I have both the 27" and the 18.5" barrel.  I've got a mini-reflex red dot sight on order.  (This is primarily for night hunting with the long barrel- as the shorter one shouldn't require too much aiming precision)

I disassembled the gun and wasn't overly happy to find that the trigger group is nearly all plastic (but it should be fine for my purposes).  The fore-grip is not interchangable with Mossberg 500series grips.  The stock is compatible though.  I want to add a sling and then I'll call it good.  I like the adjustable stock (from blackhawk) and the pistol grip.  The pistol grip enables me to hold it with one hand if need be when opening a door or something.  The slide action feels good.  I like the safety on the trigger guard.  I'm very pleased with my purchase overall.  I'll be trying it out tomorrow night on a skunk hunt.  Report to follow.

4 comments:

Le Loup said...

Please excuse my ignorance in this matter, but is a skunk hunt actually hunting skunks? Or is it just a term? And if it is hunting skunks, why do you hunt skunks?
Regards.

Jimmy the Screwdriver said...

Ha! Yes, a skunk hunt is actually hunting skunks!

My friend's father has a large horse and cattle ranch and the skunks are pests. They grub for food by digging a 2' hole which can break the horses' legs.

We drive ATVs around and shine a red spot light looking for them. We shoot the skunks an let the vultures eat them. (This is all legal if anyone is getting their dander up)

I'm going to try to take a raccoon tonight and tan the hide. We'll BBQ it too. Let you know how that goes. :)

Le Loup said...

Well there you go, still so much to learn. I will not get my dander up, but I must admit to not liking the idea of killing animals and doing nothing with them, but I can see your point if they are at pest levels.
In regards to the racoon hunting. Did you hear about the chap who had this incredible dog? All he had to do was show the dog a board for stretching the racoon skin on and the dog would go and get a racoon to fit that board! But he said that one day his wife came out on the verandah to do her ironing, and the dog took one look at the ironing board and took off. Sais he hasn't seen the dog since!
Regards.

Jimmy the Screwdriver said...

That's a good one! I just made myself a board this afternoon. 6" wide. I hope that's not too wide.