Ruger introduced their Precision Rifle back in 2015. Word comes today that Mossberg is launching a competitor, their own Precision Bolt Action Rifle based on their MVP line of rifles. Available in 6.5 Creedmoor and 7.62 NATO (like the RPR) and in a chassis which supports detachable magazines and all the usual bells and whistles, it looks to be more or less a direct copy of Ruger’s current golden child but with different parts. One thing they appear to have done (which I applaud them for) is design their own modular chassis. It looks similar to the MDT chassis that keep popping up across the industry, but there are enough differences that I’d believe it to be an in-house job.
Here’s a press release.
Mossberg expands their purpose-built MVP Series with the introduction of a long-range, tactical platform – the MVP Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor and 7.62mm NATO (308 Win). Manufactured to Mossberg’s specifications, the MVP Precision features a Mossberg-designed aluminum chassis and slim-profile hand guard; LUTH-AR™ MBA-3 adjustable stock; and Magpul® MOE+® grip. And unlike the competition, the MVP Precision bolt-action rifle with its ingenious, multi-patented design will accept both M1A/M14 and AR10/SR25-style magazines. Combining sub-MOA accuracy, superior handling qualities and Mossberg’s proven bolt-action platform, the MVP Precision rifle will take long-range shooting to a new level.
Mossberg went back to the drawing board to design its own modular aluminum chassis system. Similar to an AR-rifle “inline” design, the Mossberg chassis more efficiently handles recoil and lessens internal stress as energy is transferred in a straight line between the barrel and action to the buffer tube/stock; inherently increasing accuracy and the ability to maintain your sight picture. Constructed of lightweight aluminum with a durable anodized finish, the Mossberg chassis provides a solid base for repeatable, precision-accuracy. Next Mossberg added a slim-profile, matte blue-finished aluminum hand guard which features Magpul’s M-LOK® modular mounting-system for easy attachment of compatible accessories. The medium bull barrel is free-floating for improved accuracy and threaded (5/8”- 24 threads per inch) for the convenience of attaching suppressors or muzzle brakes. Thread cap is included. The button-rifled barrel is constructed of 4140 carbon steel with 5R rifling (6.5mm Creedmoor only). The MVP Precision rifle features a 24-inch barrel length and 1:8 twist rate for the 6.5mm Creedmoor and 20-inch barrel length and 1:10 twist rate for the 7.62mm NATO (308 Win) chambering. Both barrel and receiver feature a matte blue finish as well.
Further enhancing the accuracy is Mossberg’s Lightning Bolt Action™ (LBA™) Trigger System, delivering a crisp, creep-free trigger pull and is easily adjusted from 3 to 7 pounds by the user. Machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and hard-coat anodized to military spec, preventing corrosion and minimizing wear, the LBA trigger system delivers the utmost in reliability and durability for consistent shot-after-shot placement. Additional design features include an oversized tactical-style bolt handle; oversized trigger guard; 20MOA Picatinny top rail for maximizing long-range capabilities; and Magpul P-Mag® 10-round magazine.
Completing the furniture package on the MVP Precision rifle are the Magpul MOE+ pistol grip and LUTH-AR MBA-3 adjustable stock. The MOE+ grip is constructed of reinforced polymer and features a wrap-around rubber overmolding for control in the most demanding conditions. The MOE+ grip accepts optional Storage Cores for gear stowage and includes a basic grip cap. Adjustability and ergonomics are key to the LUTH-AR MBA-3 carbine buttstock with its fully-adjustable, 6-position design (12.5 – 16.5-inch LOP range). Features include additional cheek height adjustment up to 1 inch; 3-axis butt plate which provides for 1 1/16-inch length-of-pull adjustment as well as vertical and lateral adjustments to fit the curvature of the shooter’s shoulder and adjust for right or left cast. On the bottom rear of the stock body is a Picatinny rail to attach an array of accessories. A convenient index screw allows you to secure the stock in your favorite position. Completing this well-designed stock are a soft rubber recoil pad and the ability to easily remove the stock via a screw attachment for ease of transporting or storing the rifle in a compact case.