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Discussion in 'Maverick 88 Pump Action' started by boomer92266, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. boomer92266

    boomer92266 .410

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    i got a new maverick 88 field 28" barrel, i loaded it up and when i tried to unload i noticed the action lock lever wasn't down as much as it should have been and i almost didn't get the action open. it finally opened but the elevator wouldn't go all the way down unless i came back on the forearm with a good tug. i noticed the gun was extremely tight in pumping. i got in the house and started pumping it back and forth at least 30 or more times. it loosed up some and the action lever seems ok now if i use good force to unload and load as does the elevator. it still tho has a small glitch, when i bring the bolt all the way back and stop, then try to bring it forward it seems to catch and i have to really push it forward for it to go. if i just do it fast back and forth without stopping it works good. do i have a problem?, shouldn't it be smoother? why do i have to use moderate force to just cycle it. i am not a newbie to guns. owned them for over 35yrs, owned a maverick 88 just over a year ago, hunted last year with it. it was much looser and smoother and i bought it new. thanks for any help you can give me.
  2. Pawpaw

    Pawpaw 20g Supporter

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    Did you field strip it and clean out all the factory grease? That stuff is to prevent rust, not lubricate.
  3. boomer92266

    boomer92266 .410

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    i just cleaned the barrel and lubed the bolt area. don't like tearing completely down as i seem to lose parts that way. i lubed and cleaned, not complete take down.
  4. boomer92266

    boomer92266 .410

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    i am still cycling it but it feels like its still trying to stick a little and not be smooth.
  5. boomer92266

    boomer92266 .410

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    ok, i have finally done a complete clean out, there were some brown stuff and metalic looking thick stuff in it. i cycled it and it is better but still a little stiff, i noticed however that if i cycle it fast its fine or slow with good force it works fine, just when i go slow and easy that it sticks a little. of all the cheap shotguns i have owned this is the first one that is this tight, i guess that could be good but i don't shoot much and it may take a while to break in. i hope i have fixed it, time will tell. thanks
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  6. Major Dad

    Major Dad .22LR

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    Hi Boomer. I think the thorough cleaning was the best single thing you could have done. It's been my lifelong practice to at least field strip and thoroughly clean every weapon I buy. I recently bought a Mav 88 20 gauge Youth Model for Wifey and home defense. When I brought it home and toyed with it I also noticed some expected sluggishness in the moving parts, but a detailed cleaning and lube did wonders. Now she shoots smoothly without a hiccup. I'm very pleased with my $189 Mav. Enjoy!

    -Ed-
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  7. meanstreak

    meanstreak 20g

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    I bought a Maverick two years ago, same as Major Dad's model. Brought it home and it seemed stiff as well. Gave it a good cleaning and took it to a friends farm to try it out. It worked great. I keep in mind it is a $189 gun. I have not live fired it since , but I do take it out of the safe and cycle it from time to time as I do all of my guns.
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  8. boomer92266

    boomer92266 .410

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    thanks everyone, yes it just needed worked some. i put several slugs through it as i bought an extended ic choke for deer season. the gun smoothed up great, i'm sure it will just get better over time. i saw a you tube video where a guy had a mossy 500 that he replaced several internal parts afterwards you could see it was stiff to work with the new parts. my maverick with 28" barrel shoots slugs great, i bagged a 5 point on the third day of season. thanks again.
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  9. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Pump guns get smoother with time. After a few 1000 rounds it will run pretty good, after 10K it will pump itself. LOL

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