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Old 09-08-2018, 05:46 PM
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I picked one up this AM at a yard sale. It functions fine but was really dirty and has a couple of scratches on either side of the receiver. What do you want for pocket change?

I'm trying to figure out when this one was made. It has only one rail on the slide and does not have Maverick 88 stamped on the side of the receiver. It's stamped on the bottom Maverick Arms INC. Eagle Pass Tx. made in USA 88 12 Ga.

On the left of the receiver, Ser. # MV03902B

My idea is to play around with it and try to make it look better.

So I took it apart.

Suggestions on refinishing the receiver? Maybe I should just polish it and turn a Maverick into a Pinto?

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I should have had two action arms. You can retrofit a standard Mossberg forearm onto a model 88 if you want.
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Maybe Duracoat the receiver, I'm thinking about refinishing my 10/22
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The Maverick 88 got changed to twin action bars in 1990 so I think it's made before then.

If you don't want to spend a lot on the finish try Rustoleum flat black chalkboard spray paint. Won't match the factory finish by a long shot but it sort of simulates a hard anodized aluminum finish or parkerized finish
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I should have had two action arms. You can retrofit a standard Mossberg forearm onto a model 88 if you want.

That's what I thought but the receiver is only cut for one. No way to put a duel on it.
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The Maverick 88 got changed to twin action bars in 1990 so I think it's made before then.

If you don't want to spend a lot on the finish try Rustoleum flat black chalkboard spray paint. Won't match the factory finish by a long shot but it sort of simulates a hard anodized aluminum finish or parkerized finish

Wow, I'd have thought the other way around. Thinking less cost.


Now I have to question why they beefed a cheap gun.
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I used a rattle can product from Brownell's called Alumahyde to coat an old Rem 870 that turned out well for me. If you go this route, make sure to order the extra spray nozzles and follow the instructions to a T.



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I used a rattle can product from Brownell's called Alumahyde to coat an old Rem 870 that turned out well for me. If you go this route, make sure to order the extra spray nozzles and follow the instructions to a T.




Nice! What's going on with the tube? It looks olive drab on my screen.
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Thanks.

It's OD green. I was afraid I'd run out of black so I used the green I had ordered at the same time. Turns out I had plenty of black, the can just felt near empty...

It dries pretty quickly but it took about a week to harden. I had hung the pieces in the attic so the slow heat build up and cool down would help the process and not crack the finish. Also, being out of sight I wasn't tempted to keep touching it.
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Thanks.

It's OD green. I was afraid I'd run out of black so I used the green I had ordered at the same time. Turns out I had plenty of black, the can just felt near empty...

It dries pretty quickly but it took about a week to harden. I had hung the pieces in the attic so the slow heat build up and cool down would help the process and not crack the finish. Also, being out of sight I wasn't tempted to keep touching it.

This is gonna be a budget build just because it's such a low end gun.


I'm not in to add on style tactical BS. I just want a practical gun for the money.


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Maverick is an interesting operation. It is located in Eagle Pass TX, on the Rio Grande, SW of San Antonio. The majority of the components are made in Mexico but the guns are assembled north of the Rio Grande.
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Maverick is an interesting operation. It is located in Eagle Pass TX, on the Rio Grande, SW of San Antonio. The majority of the components are made in Mexico but the guns are assembled north of the Rio Grande.
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Thanks.

It's OD green. I was afraid I'd run out of black so I used the green I had ordered at the same time. Turns out I had plenty of black, the can just felt near empty...

It dries pretty quickly but it took about a week to harden. I had hung the pieces in the attic so the slow heat build up and cool down would help the process and not crack the finish. Also, being out of sight I wasn't tempted to keep touching it.
Thanks for the edit.
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Thanks.

It's OD green. I was afraid I'd run out of black so I used the green I had ordered at the same time. Turns out I had plenty of black, the can just felt near empty...

It dries pretty quickly but it took about a week to harden. I had hung the pieces in the attic so the slow heat build up and cool down would help the process and not crack the finish. Also, being out of sight I wasn't tempted to keep touching it.

Alumahyde is good stuff. I used it on a FAL lower a few years ago. Baked it on in a nice hot Vegas garage.
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I have been in the Maverick facility in Eagle Pass. In fact I dropped off a rifle there for some trigger work. Very friendly people. I have a second home about 40 miles from there.
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The Maverick 88 is a lot of Shotgun for the money.
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The Maverick 88 is a lot of Shotgun for the money.
It is. I once had one. The aforementioned rifle I dropped off at Maverick was a Maverick bolt action .30-'06. I didn't particularly like the trigger pull on it, and took it back to Maverick to get a new trigger installed, which they did for me in a few minutes. I also got a brief tour. Even though the Maverick bolt action looked very plain with its plastic stock and painted finish, it shot groups as tight as any I ever fired with any rifle. Not really a complaint, but it had almost negative headspace. It took a little force on the handle to close the bolt on factory ammo. Maybe that was why it shot so well.

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VHT Hi-temp engine enamel paint is what I used on my Ruger 10/22 alloy receiver, and it's what most folks over on Rimfire Central use and recommend.

It's ceramic based and normally the heat from an engine cures it, but you can spray it on, let it dry for 20-30 mins and then bake it in the oven when the wife is not around.

When cured it is really tough stuff that is resistant to wear and chemicals.
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I bought a beater Remington Model 11 from a police evidence sale. I cut down the barrel and refinished it with Alumahyde (13 bucks from Brownell's). Now it looks like its ready to take on Bonnie and Clyde.



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I've had 4 or 5 Remington 870s over the last 40 years and think very highly of them but I bought a Maverick 88 several years ago and it works every bit as well, and a few things about it I even like better than the 870s. I like the open bottom loading port, the blue/black finish (compared to the 870 Express), slightly lighter weight, and rounded trigger face, and the Mavericks are great guns and I might try a do-it-yourself camo paint job.
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I got a can of Aluma-hyde II today. Good stuff!!!

I sanded out the scratches with 320 wet or dry and hung it on the back porch. Screened in, so no bugs.

The paint went on super easy and covered the receiver in one heavy coat. No runs.

I think I'll cut the barrel down to 18.5 as it has some rust on the last 7 or 8 inches of it. Today I ordered a front bead from Brownell's. I shoulda done that when I ordered the paint and saved a couple of bucks on shipping but I hadn't decided to cut the barrel at that point.

Pics of the receiver with scratches and finished hanging on the porch, I'll post pics of the sight install when I do it.
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I'm intrigued by the VHT Hi-temp engine enamel paint.
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