I just went to the gun show here and was looking for a home defender. At the moment my funds are a little limited, though. I was looking for a mossberg 500 series, they were running in the price range of $250 to $300, used, not a bad price. But I found a maverick 88 12g, used for $175 so i snatched it as soon as I saw it. But I was curious, whats the diffference between the 2 shotguns, the Maverick and the 500 series? is one more reliable than the other, or is aesthetic (SP?) stuff?