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Maverick 88 vs. Stevens 320, Thoughts?
« on: July 26, 2020, 09:07:48 PM »
Wanting to pick up a home defense shotgun. Something I'll probably plink around with and have for in the house. Looking for your opinions on pros and cons between the 2 mentioned products. If you have another brand in the same price range feel free to add that in.
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Re: Maverick 88 vs. Stevens 320, Thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2020, 07:31:13 PM »
i would go to the store and hold one.  the maverick 88 felt like a rattle trap.   I havent held a stevens 320

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Re: Maverick 88 vs. Stevens 320, Thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2020, 07:49:54 PM »
I held both in the Conventional synthetic stocks and they felt about the same. They were in 20ga, but am not sure if I want 20 or 12. Want to make sure the wife can handle it if need be, but I know there is more available in defense rounds for the 12
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Re: Maverick 88 vs. Stevens 320, Thoughts?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2020, 08:24:52 PM »
Consider a Mossberg Shockwave, perfect size for home defense, I got one when they came out and I love it, shot 8, 9 pellet and slugs with no problems, since it is not a shoulder fired weapon, it's easy on the body, there is a ton of aftermarket items for it also, it's 5 + 1, I keep mine by the night stand, the only issue right now is the price because of all the panic buying. Might be able to find one for trade on armslist.

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Re: Maverick 88 vs. Stevens 320, Thoughts?
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2020, 09:41:11 PM »
Consider a Mossberg Shockwave, perfect size for home defense, I got one when they came out and I love it, shot 8, 9 pellet and slugs with no problems, since it is not a shoulder fired weapon, it's easy on the body, there is a ton of aftermarket items for it also, it's 5 + 1, I keep mine by the night stand, the only issue right now is the price because of all the panic buying. Might be able to find one for trade on armslist.

I would be concerned my wife being able to handle it. She is a pretty petite lady not at all confident with firearms.(Yet) Plus, I don't like the price of the Shockwave, LOL.
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Re: Maverick 88 vs. Stevens 320, Thoughts?
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2020, 12:01:36 AM »

While scanning a local gunshop I saw a Mossberg 500 for only $250 that was spotless, like new. I bought it and gave it to one of my boys.
I'd recommend a good used gun. Mossbergs never really die.
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Re: Maverick 88 vs. Stevens 320, Thoughts?
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2020, 03:07:29 AM »
I have no experience with either but I wonít let that stop me from offering an opinion  chuckles1

The (Mossberg) Maverick 88 is American-assembled of Mexican and US parts. Itís compatible with the ubiquitous Mossberg 500, except for the trigger group, so it has some options available if you decide to modify anything.

The Stevens 320 is Chinese made and doesnít appear to have as many parts options as the Maverick/Mossberg.
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2014/7/7/stevens-320-security/

Regarding recoil of a 12ga vs. 20ga for your wife, you might try the 1.5Ē shells or mild recoil loads. The former have the advantage of additional shells in the tube.

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Re: Maverick 88 vs. Stevens 320, Thoughts?
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2020, 01:24:01 PM »
For me, I'd say go with a 20ga in a regular stock.

As far as defense loads, how does your local DA view them. Some of those A-holes will see a defense load as you really wanted to kill somebody. (Look up a guy named Harold Fish and read the whole story. He got royally screwed by a DA looking to appear tough.)
I figure that if I have to shoot somebody - and I REALLY want to avoid that - then they were a threat and I needed to put them down. I don't need them suing me later because I left them unable to wok in their chosen profession.....

That said, there are as many defense loads available in 20ga as there are in 12ga. The problem is that they're a lot harder to find, and can cost more. However, buck and slugs are readily available. I have absolutely no problem at all counting on a 20ga to defend my castle. There's one in my bedroom right now.

And, as already stated, you can always save a few bucks buying used. Ask around and you'll probably find somebody willing to sell you one so they can upgrade.
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Re: Maverick 88 vs. Stevens 320, Thoughts?
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2020, 08:44:42 PM »
As much as I hate the guy who says, "Just get a Glock!" to the person asking "Should I get a 1911 or a .38 S&W?" I'm going to be that guy for a minute...

I'd recommend spending a little more and getting a Mossberg 500.

It's proven, and there are a ton of aftermarket parts, but one overlooked aspect that you might like is the tang-mounted safety. It's ambidextrous, easy to tell when on/off, and doesn't make you fumble near the trigger guard when you've been woken up in the middle of the night.

I've had one for years, it has never jammed up on me, and I've put slugs and shot through it with no issues. (You can change barrels in a few seconds.)

My wife, a novice shooter, used it on the trap range to great effect. I know trap loads are lighter than buck, but still.

The only thing I added was a sling and an 18.5 inch barrel for home defense.

I have nothing against the Maverick 88, but the Mossberg was my first gun, and is the only one I'll never get rid of.