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In 2011, Mossberg released a modified version of its bolt action 4×4™ rifle called the MVP Varmint. The MVP Varmint took the gun industry by storm due to one unique design feature: It uses AR-15 magazines. Decried by detractors as a gimmick and heralded by others as revolutionary, the heavy-barreled MVP Varmint gained quick acceptance and sold like hotcakes. In 2012, Mossberg took the MVP concept in the totally opposite direction by introducing the “P” version to the MVP series: A lightweight carbine version called the “Predator.” As the name implies, it’s designed for hunting coyote, bobcats, and fox.   Think of it as a bolt-action version of the Ruger Mini-14 or a Winchester 94 Trapper lever gun: A small, lightweight bolt-action rifle with lots of on-board firepower. I tested the MVP Predator and walked away very impressed . . .



When I first unboxed it and saw the sporter profile barrel, I was pretty disappointed. I was expecting to review the 18-inch bull-barreled version and, rightly or wrongly, I tend to associate the bull barrels with better accuracy. I figured the skinny barrel would only yield ho-hum accuracy (1 to 2 MOA) typical of lower-end hunting rifles. Man, was I wrong. I’ll cut straight to it: This thing is an absolute tack-driver. As an example, these were my first three shots at 100 yards during a recent trip to Tri-County Gun Club, in Sherwood, Oregon (.45 inches with Hornady 55 grain V Max):



And the MVP will produce shot groups like this all day long. That gets me excited, especially from a gun that retails for $500 and change. So, I’ve been bonding with the MVP for a few months now and am of the opinion that the skinny 20-inch barrel length is the way to go for a “Predator” configuration. Here’s my thinking on this:

A bull barrel is not typically needed for predators. Hunting critters like coyotes or bobcats is typically not a high-volume shooting affair, so shifting POI from a hot barrel isn’t going be an issue. One to three shots constitutes a typical coyote-hunting day for a hunter like me, and while I’m sure expert hunters will go through a few more rounds than that on a good day, I doubt anybody is likely to use a full box of shells.



Second, the light, relatively short barrel points faster than longer, heavier barrels. I usually shoot in a sitting or kneeling position off a long 13- to 25-inch Harris bipod so this isn’t that much of an issue. But in situations where the coyotes are coming in fast and close, it’s nice to be able to ditch the sticks and shoot offhand with very low scope magnification. The MVP Predator excels at this type of shooting.

Third, predator hunting typically involves quite a bit of foot travel, so a short light rifle is a real bonus. I usually set up 4 to 6 stands in a morning, and there may be a quarter to a half mile or so between each one. I’ll often lug my heavy bull-barreled sniper rifles (just because they’re cool and I like to take long 400- to 600-yard shots if offered), but a light rifle from the MVP rifle series would be very advantageous if it doesn’t compromise accuracy. Also, you’re less likely to bang a short rifle up against a fence post, barbed wire, a gate, etc., announcing your presence to every coyote within ¼ mile. Staying quiet is critical when hunting, and short rifles are easier to maneuver.

Now, if you plan on suppressing the MVP, there may be some value in getting the thicker barrel. It seems to me that it might be easier to thread a barrel with a thicker profile.  But I’m not an expert on that.



The test gun is chambered in 5.56 x 45 NATO/.223 Remington which is a good choice for high-volume shooting due to easy availability and low cost of ammunition. Of course, presently it would not be much of an overstatement to say that there is not a single round of .223 Rem available for sale in the USA. Don’t worry — I’m sure the Mexican military has some for sale. With any luck, the recent panic-buying spree will subside by the summer and .223 Rem will become more readily available again.




When I first inspected the bolt, I have to admit that I thought that the little lip that strips the round out of the magazine looked pretty flimsy. My first thought that it was “not G.I. proof,” as we used to say in the military, but it’s worked like a charm. After only 500 rounds, I’m not prepared to declare it to be bomb-proof just yet, but by the same token, it hasn’t shown any signs of weakness or failure so far. 

Nick Leghorn reviewed the MVP Varmint version of the MVP and while he had a lot of positive things to say about the Mossy, he found it to be lacking in a couple of key areas.  First, his test sample wasn’t as reliable as it should be. Second, he thought the bolt required too much force to unlock. So when Mossberg sent TTAG the MVP Predator, I wanted to see if this test sample had the same foibles.



In terms of reliability, the Predator prefers some mags over others. Because an AR-15’s mag well has a deep funnel, there isn’t much opportunity for a magazine to rock back and forth from front to back. The Predator, on the other hand, lacks a deep funnel, so if the magazine is a bit “short” of spec, it won’t seat very well in the mag well. Mags tend to rattle around a bit in the MVP’s well, and that can make some extra noise. In the case of some mags, this can affect reliability of the rifle because it affects the angle at which the Predator’s bolt strips the round off the mag. If the angle isn’t right, the bolt misses the strip or gums up so mag selection is important.



The Mossy proved to cycle reliably with the factory five-round mag (small mag on the far right in the picture above).  The magnificent HK 30-round magazines worked flawlessly, as did Magpul Gen 2 PMAGs, Lancer mags and mil-spec Colt mags. I had some C-Product 20-round magazines that seemed to routinely cause problems. I solved that with a little duct tape, but some shooters might find that to be a less-than-perfect solution.

As for the bolt throw — I have to agree with Nick that it initially took a surprising amount of force to lift the bolt on the MVP Predator after a round was fired. However, after a 300-round break-in period, the bolt is not nearly as stiff as it once was. I’m sure a gunsmith could smooth out the bolt even more if need be, but I haven’t found it to be a real problem.




I’m very impressed with the MVP’s trigger. I know I’ve said that a lot lately in my reviews and I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record. But trigger technology has improved greatly in the past 10 years or so, thanks in large part to Savage’s legendary Accu-Trigger. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Mossberg definitely upped its game in 2008 when it released its Accu-Trigger-inspired LBA™ Lightning Bolt Action™ Adjustable Trigger.

The LBA trigger adjustment is remarkable in its simplicity. Tightening or loosening a flathead screw adds or releases tension on a spring that controls the pull weight (see photo, above lower). As an added bonus, the LBA trigger blade in the center of the trigger prevents the sear from releasing the striker unless the blade is fully depressed. Thus, the gun will not accidentally fire when jarred, even when the trigger is set at the lightest adjustment setting.



The MVP Predator has some nice features that set it apart from the rest of the $500 rifle crowd, including a highly recessed crown and shallow flutes on the barrel. The aggressive channel makes the crown difficult to clean without a good tool, but again, no biggie.



I also really like the stylish shallow spiral flutes on the bolt. That’s a feature usually only found on high-end rifles. Although the flutes on the MVP don’t compare to those on a Robar or a Surgeon, I’m not aware of any other manufacturer that’s adding bolt flutes to a $500 rifle. Kudos to Mossberg.




Traditionalists may balk, but I appreciate originality in gun design. So I really like the styling of the forend and handgrips, as well as the gray-ish laminate stock.



I also appreciate the plastic bedding system in the stock — no real need to bed this rifle. The barrel channel keeps wood away from the barrel, making the rifle entirely free-floating.

Scope Options / Recommendations


Courtesy Joe Grine


Mossberg offers the MVP Predator in a scoped package. Unless money is really tight, I would skip these factory package “deals” because, in most cases, the scopes that come with them aren’t great. Spend the extra money and buy a good quality scope from Leopold, Burris, Nikon, etc.

I don’t believe you need a big, high magnification scope for the MVP Predator, especially if you’re actually using it to hunt predators. Any decent 3-9×40 scope should do the trick. Even better, a small lightweight 2-7×33 or 2.5-x36 would provide all the magnification you need while keeping weight down to a minimum. I opted for the Leopold VX2 2-7×33 and some DNZ aluminum rings (see photo above). I also like the option of being able to dial the magnification down to 2x or 2.5x when the coyotes come in fast and close. If you plan on shooting at long range (longer than 300 yards), a BDC reticle or target turrets should be added.

I tried to run a Bushnell 1×6.5 Tactical Scope on the MVP and although I like the scope, I didn’t like the combination. As an initial matter, you can see the barrel when the scope is set to anything under 2x, which is distracting. Second, the way the factory scope bases were installed didn’t allow me to mount the Bushnell forward enough to get a good cheek weld. And finally, it’s my opinion that a lightweight scope is the way to go on this rig. The Bushnell is a heavy duty piece of kit made for AR-15s, so I’d shy away from tactical red dots or 1×4 or 1×6 scopes on the Predator.

Ammo Preference



The MVP Predator’s 5.56 x 45 NATO chambering and 1-in-9 twist are optimized for shooting both surplus military ammo as well as the lightweight bullets favored by predator hunters. I had great success shooting anything from 40 grains up to 69 grains, including M855 and M109 ball. I mostly shoot 55-grain ammo (‘cause its cheap), and this rifle shot sub-MOA with even pedestrian ammo such as UMC, American Eagle, etc. Accuracy suffered a bit when I fired a few of the bigger 77-grain bullets through the Predator, but even then, groups tended to be 1-2 MOA on a warm day. Certainly, you would expect worse accuracy in cold weather.



Final Thoughts

Honestly, I haven’t historically been a Mossberg fan. Then again, I never owned any of their rifles or shotguns. Based on the way the MVP has performed, though, they can now officially add me to their fan club list. This rifle does what it’s intended to do very well, and for the price, the MVP Predator is an absolute steal. So long as you take the time to match it up with the aftermarket mags it likes, you will not be disappointed.

What’s next for the MVP Predator? Expect Mossberg to release versions of the MVP in .308 Win and .204 Ruger. Maybe others as well.  If it were up to me, I’d bring out versions with Mossy Oak camo stocks and a threaded barrel. A Jeff Cooper-inspired scout rifle version in .308 Win would seem to be a natural fit as well. I might also think about developing optional mounts for night vision.


Caliber: 5.56×45(NATO)/.223 Rem.

Barrel: Matte blue. Choice between fluted 18.5-inch medium “bull” or a fluted 20-inch sporter contour (both have a 1-in-9 RH twist).

Length: 39-inch overall length

Weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz. empty

Operation: Bolt action

Finish: Parkerized

Trigger:  LBA™ Lightning Bolt Action™Adjustable Trigger (2 to 6 Ibs)

Capacity: 5-round mag included; accepts AR magazines

Sights:  Drilled and tapped, no iron sites included. Weaver scope mounts are factory installed

Price (MSRP):  $650 Street price is $500-$550


Ratings (Out of Five Stars)

Accuracy: * * * * * 

The MVP is one of the most accurate skinny-barreled production rifles I’ve ever shot in that price range. The test rifle is a .4 to .7 MOA shooter all day long, using factory ammo.  My personal best was a three-shot .37 inch group at 100 yards. To get a rifle with this kind of accuracy for $500 is a sure sign that Mossy is on the right track.

Ergonomics: * * * * 1/2

I really love the handling characteristics of the diminutive Mossberg MVP Predator.  Light, fast, and comfortable ergonomics make it a real hit. I wish the stock were an inch longer, but I say that about most rifles. I probably won’t complain when it’s cold out and I’m wearing a bulky jacket.

Reliability: * * * * 

The MVP did occasionally fail to chamber the last round from a few different AR-style mags.  Having said that, the rifle functioned flawlessly with the factory 5-round magazine supplied by Mossberg. Figure out which mags it likes and you will be good to go.

Durability:  * * * * *  

I did not experience any broken parts, failures to fire, or other failures that would make me lose confidence in the rifle. The finish on the rifle leaves a bit to be desired, because the blueing seems to be wearing off in high-use areas such as the bolt handle. This MVP screams for a camo duracoat job in any event, so I’m not too worried about the blueing. 

Customization: * * *  

Other than the obvious (AR mags!), there are no MVP-specific aftermarket accessories available for this rifle. But honestly, I can’t think of anything that I’d change. I suppose it’s possible to add a Badger Ordinance tactical bolt handle if you really wanted to.

Overall Rating: * * * * ½

I really love this rifle.  And I really hope Mossberg doesn’t want it back.

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  1. As you mention in your excellent article, there is no need for a heavy barrel as most ‘yote hunters only fire a few rounds per session. Wouldn’t that seem to nullify the main selling point for this rifle, namely, using AR mags for rapid reloading?
    If they do come out with a .308 version it will complicate my life as I have been looking at the Ruger Scout Rifle for a while now :(.

    • I’m not sure, but I believe the “Varmint” MVP comes with a heavier barrel. I believe this one trades reliability/accuracy over many rounds for lower weight and easier pointing.

      • You are correct: the trade off is accuracy (when the barrel gets hot after 30 rounds or so) vs. light weight, and speed (easier to point quickly).

    • You read my mind. I would like a .308 version as well that takes the AR-10 mags (DPMS style). Would want a threaded barrel also.

    • The main reason for the AR-15 mag was that up until recently they were cheap and plentiful. It was a case of why redesign the wheel.

    • @ Peter: You make a good point, and I thought of that as well. Nonetheless, I like the idea of having a common mag that is easy to find in any gun store (recent panic buying scarcity notwithstanding). My T/C Icon (.243 Win) uses proprietory mags that cost $32 a piece and are pretty much going to be a mail order proposition. Currently, I only have one mag for the T/C, and if I lost it on a hunt or it broke, I’d be SOL for at least a week. So in that sense, the Mossy’s AR-Mag design is great. I probably have 50 AR mags already – in all shapes and sizes from 5 to 100 round capacity. Also, I don’t think the skinny barrel version is incapable of being used for varmint shooting; its just going to experience more of a POI shift as the barrel gets hot.

    • Just gotten rid of Ruger Scout and the only reason…….magazines…..Ruger s are only ones it will accept and at about $35. each and not able to use in any other weapon made up mind for me………. Other than mags was an awesome rifle…..

  2. Excellent review. I’ve been hoping to get a bolt action target rifle for a while, and really wanted one in a (used to be) cheap caliber that I already (used to) shoot a lot of. Since my darling SCAR won’t be in my price range for quite some time, perhaps I’ll look into blowing some cash on one of these.

  3. I wish someone would make that exact same rifle except with semi-automatic action rather than bolt action.

      • A Ruger Mini-14 would be much closer to the exact same rifle. But you probably can’t get one of those right now either.

        • The drawbacks to the Ruger Mini-14 are that they are expensive and they do not use standard AR-15 magazines. Not only that, the Ruger Mini-14 magazines appear to come with no more than a 20 round capacity versus the standard 30 round capacity AR-15 magazines.

      • Yes TTACer … I know about AR-15s. I wanted something a little simpler than an AR-15 with a wood stock that would hopefully, normally, knock a couple hundred dollars off the price of low end AR-15s. I guess I could simply look for an AK-47 chambered in 5.56mm then but would such a rifle be as accurate as this Mossberg MVP predator?

        Plus, this might be an option for people in restrictive states: it has no “evil” features such as pistol grips, flash hiders, bayonet lugs, etc. Other than the fact that such a rifle could accept standard 30 round magazines, there really is nothing that any citizen disarmament advocate could whine about — other than the fact that it is a firearm of course.

        • A low-end AR used to be around $700. The problem with the Mini is that it is not nearly as accurate as an AR of the same price, and an AK action would likely be as bad or worse. And that doesn’t even address the whole evil shoulder thingy that goes up problem with the AR/AK options. If they made the FNAR in .223 and cut the price in half that would be the ticket. And if wishes were horses…

        • Ruger does offer factory-manufactured 30-shot magazines for the Mini-14, but only in .223/5.56mm. They function superbly, but are far more expensive than AR mags of the same capacity.

  4. I have seen reviews of rifles that cost 2x-3x or more that can’t match the accuracy. I understand big-bore safari rifles are not made for that, and the cartridges can’t necessarily achieve that kind of accuracy anyway. What I don’t understand is when a bolt action rifle (rhymes with eatherby) in an accurate chambering can’t beat a $500 Mossberg. What are you paying for?

  5. Mossberg is the blue collar working mans gun. Even folks on a limited budget that don’t want to shop used or maybe don’t have the experience to shop used can buy a good, new gun for a reasonable price. And Mossberg’s work.

    I also like the package deals that companies offer on rifles and scopes. I agree that the scopes aren’t ideal, but if you’re on a tight budget saving for a better scope can mean missing the season.

    For a little more than 400 bucks my son can get an Axis .30-06 with scope from Big 5. He has a stay at home wife with 2 little ones to care for. That axis combo will allow him to hunt deer and pigs without worry of hurting the family budget.

    • Point well taken – a cheap gun/scope combo is better than no gun/scope, if those are your options. I recently purchased teh Remmy 700 ADL with Scope for $350, and the scope was OK. I mean, it was marginal, but certainly better than nothing.

  6. Even if you have no use for a bolt action rifle that accepts AR15 magazines, I can’t really see it as a detractor at all.

    • Exactly. I mean, I can’t picture going through even a 10 round clip with a bolt gun, but hell, this is great if you have AR mags–and they’re cheap and easy to get most of the time. Beats the hell out of proprietary magazines.

    • The Ruger Thunder Ranch Scout in .308 is already out. Twice the cost but exactly the right caliber.

    • I bought the 308 as soon as I could (June, 2014), and bought the 24″ barrel version. It’s throwing groups
      of 1″ at 250 yards (the longest my backyard range goes safely). That’s handloaded 168 SBTM.
      It uses standard LR-308 magazines and all I have for a scope is the (camo) Millett TRS-1. It’s as good as a certain 280 Rem (they called them 7mm-06 back then) Winchester they handed me in 1971.

      • I own the mini 14 and the mvp , both are fun and accurate firearms , both have great features , I like the semi auto for failure to acquire the target on the first shot and I like the standard ar mag feature of the mvp . I hate having to keep all the different mags. organized . Noreen BN 36 , 30.06 cal. , ar platform , beast . takes a little tweaking to get it feeding your ammo of choice and doesn’t seem to like to switch a lot of ammo but I finially got my purring on a 180 grainer . 20 round magazine , no hickups . wow !

  7. Every time I see an article about the MVP, I just have to chime in: I love mine. I’ve got the 24″ heavy-ish barrel version, and it’s everything I could ask for out of a $550 .223 bolt rifle. It is such a perfect complement to the AR-15.

    I was very happy to hear about Mossberg expanding the MVP line at SHOT. I personally wish for a 5.45×39 version, but the .300AAC one is going to be sweet.

  8. Joe,

    This was an absolutely excellent review. Top quality work. You’ve motivated me to consider acquiring this rifle model or waiting for the .308 ‘scout-version’ to come out. If I get this rifle I would probably want to add iron sights to it for back-up use if the main scope gets broke.

    I’m not familiar with the process or what is involved in a camo duracoat job. Is that something an owner can do on their own or does it require a trip to the gunsmith?

    • Around seven years ago, after a few months of looking around I found a left handed Ruger M77 in .30-06, which I do like a lot. However, since then I have fired a few other bolt actions and decided a RH one is not a bad deal for me, especially if I’m shooting from a bipod. I can keep my firing hand on the grip as I manipulate the bolt, not a bad arrangement. Try it out and see how it works for you.

  9. i’m planning the following:
    Howa barreled action in 7mm-8 $400ish
    bell and carlson stock $200ish
    Howa detachable magazine conversion $100

    I think that the conventional wisdom of buying guns in popular calibers has gone out the window. Can you find any .223 or .308? Or even bullets and brass?

    a whole gang of .284 bullets and once fired .308 range brass would keep me going for awhile. No need to worry about empty shelves at walmart and Midway.

    • I like your thinking, and encourage others to think similarly.

      There are some fantastic bullets available in the 7mm(.284) space how. Wicked high ballistic coefficients, and any sort of hunting or target or VLD/long-range application you’d care to develop, there’s a bunch of nice bullets available.

      The 7mm08 is an excellent cartridge for everything up to elk, very easy on recoil.

      For people who have a long action rifle, look at the oft-forgotten .280 Remington. Want more gas in a short action? Look at the Winchester .284. Want even more? Look at the 7mm WSM. These latter two will require work on a magazine, but the 7mm08 will go into a .308 magazine quite nicely, and the .280 will go into a magazine intended for a .30-06.

  10. My only small complaint about this rifle is that I wished they had a 1-in-8 twist in the barrel. There are more and more heavier .224 bullets hitting the market, and while you can stabilize a 77gr pill with a 1:9, it would be nice to spin it up just a tad more.

    With a bolt gun, it becomes easier to single-load 80+ gr pills in the .223.

    • I like shooting the heavier bullets as well. This rifle did not really what little 77 grain ammo I ran through it – groups were Ok for hunting purposes, but rather pedestrian (1.1 – 2 MOA on average) Rightly or wrongly, I think Mossberg’s thinking on the 1:9 twist was based on the assumption that most people would be shooting the lightweight, fur-friendly varmint rounds and/or Mil sup ammo. I don’t own anything in .223 with a 1:8 twist – how light of a bullet can you shoot accurately with that twist rate?

      • In my experience with the 1:8 so far, 50 or 52 grain pills seems to be the lowest I can go before things start getting over-spun (as evidenced by groups opening up). 62’s and 69’s work nicely, as do the 75’s and 77’s. Never tried 80’s and heavier in my 1:8.

        1:7 twists will spin up the heavier pills for long range work (such as it is with a .223) but are too tight for anything you can feed through an AR magazine other than the 77’s and maybe high 60’s. (IMO, based on the math).

        1:8 will stabilize anything from 50 to 77 pretty nicely (in my experience with AR’s). Unless I’m using a bolt gun on squirrels, I don’t go under 50gr pills in .223.

        1:9 will stabilize from 40 or 45 grains up to 62 grains OK. 55 grain M-193 ammo goes through a 1:9 barrel very nicely. So I see what they’re getting at. I’m always a guy looking to maximize my Bc’s…

  11. Oh, one more tip that might improve the accuracy of rifles like this with three screws to mount the magazine and trigger loop:

    Tighten the front screw (forward of the magazine) fully tight.

    Tighten the screw on the rear of the trigger guard just barely snug.

    Then tighten the middle screw just to a point where you start to feel resistance. DO NOT reef down on the middle screw if the rear screw goes into the tang on the rear of the receiver.

    If the rear screw goes only into the grip wood, then tighten the front full, the middle snug and then don’t strip out the rear guard screw.

    This was learned many eons ago on rifles like the Model 70.

  12. If I see this in a scout type version chambered in .308 that accepts standard mags AND they keep the price below the Gunsite Scout, my credit card is in for some abuse.

  13. A .308 scout version that uses DMPS style AR-10 mags (compatible with .308 PMAGS) would be a top seller IMHO.

    The use of proprietary single stack Accuracy International magazines is a major flaw in the Ruger scout rifle design.

  14. 3 shot groups are a waste of time.

    Do minimum 10 shot groups and see what you get. I have strong doubts that this firearm is half MOA “all day long” with factory.

    • IMO, 10 shot groups are a waste of time for anything other than a varmint rifle or a sniper rifle. What predator is going to give you ten chances to shoot it? Besides, most people can’t shoot 10 rounds in a row without introducing some sort of operator error. Three shots tells you what the barrel is capable of doing in terms of grouping, and that is all that really matters. Granted, a skinny barrel will likley give you a POI shift as it gets hotter, but again, what does that really prove?

  15. POI shift is WHY 10 shot groups are useful. It isn’t about hitting the same spot 10 times, it is about how the bullet behaves compared to POI after 10 shots. If the shots are stringing vertically or vertically and to the right, etc, it is nice to know that and be able to compensate.

    • Yeah, but the POI shift you exerience will never be consistent from rifle to rifle, so anything that I would post about this particular sample would not necessarily transfer over to any other sample.

  16. Just checked out the Patrol version – make it in .308 for AR-10 mags, price it the same or less than the Ruger GSR, and take my money.

  17. Those “stylish” flutings on the bolt are about more than style. Those will keep the action from freezing up in extreme cold.

  18. Wife and have a mix of what we consider basi, functional rifles that do not yet include the Mossberg mvp patrol. When wallet and local availability combine, we will go for one in .223, short barrel and our own choice of scope. We put a Vortex 6-24/50 on our Savage 110 ba .338, have a Nikon on the Ruger gsr scout .308 and a Leupold on a nice little Savage 93 stainless in .22 magnum. The Ruger mini-14 in .223 also has a Vortex and is the only non- bolt in the bunch. The Mossberg bolt has strong appeal even though we have the mini in .223. We are recreational shooters with near zero hunting experience. We like each of the rifles, do not burn up anywhere as much ammo as we wish we could find/afford and are contemplating reload options. Vortex has impressed us with quality, features and cost. If a Mossberg mvp bolt in .223 shows up here, I suspect a low to mid power Vortex will be added. I have owned a basic Mossberg pump 12 gauge since return from Vietnam. Simple, inexpensive and reliable. We acquired these firearms less as indication of need than as statement that we are still Americans who signed up to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. When I flew Cobra gunships, I found that foreign problem pretty easy to deal with. I could not conceive of a time in my life where the real issue would be domestic. America is going away; enjoy it while you, your children and, maybe, grandchildren still can-sort of.

  19. I have a Remington 788 in .223 around thirty years now, which I bought used out of the paper for $165.00. The guy said it had taken a coyote or two, and years ago, my son killed his first deer with it. Very accurate. I’d love to have it converted to AR style mags, as I hate the clunky five round mags for it. When you sling it on your shoulder and walk, it’s very easy to bump the mag release, shooting the mag out, and into the dirt. You may not even realize when it happens. This gun would be perfect with an AR mag, a bi-pod, and a Cerokote job w/fiberglass stock. Maybe some day. I also have one in 6mm Rem that’s been a favorite over the years.
    The prospect of owning one of these Mossbergs in .308 really excites me. I’ve never had that caliber, but would love to have one set up with the high capacity mag, bi-pod, glass stock, and Cerokote. Anyone know when they will be available? My email is; [email protected]. Thanks! Oh, Shotgun, thanks for serving!

  20. Joe, great review! I have been wanting this gun for a year now but was not able to buy it last year because of everything that was going on with firearms. I finally got my hands on one this year but I was only able to find the 20″ sportster barrell. I had my mind set on the 18.5 med bull barrell. I’m just curious on how many rounds I can put thru the skinnier barrell in one sitting before I let it cool down. The one I purchased came with a 10 round mag and I do like to pop off rounds. Thanks Ben

    • Hi Ben: I’m not an expert on this particular topic, but it is my understanding that you can reduce the service life of a barrel by shooting it while it is very hot. Barrels don’t “wear” out per se, they burn out. It stands to reason that the hotter you get the barrel get, the more that this burning process occurs. I’ve looked at old barrels through a hawkeye scope and you can really see the firecracks in an old worn out barrel. I generally have shot my predator at a fairly moderate pace so that I don’t get a POI shift. I never let the barrel get too hot to touch / hold on to. I would guess that if you shot somewhere between 30, 40, or 50 rounds in rapid succession that the barrel would need a 5 to 10 minute cool-down period.

      • Thank you for you opinion. I’m a casual Hunter here in south Texas and don’t think i will put that many round in one hunt, but i do go to my local gun range and shoot about a box or two. (Hornody 55gr v-max) sorry I don’t know what a POI shift means or a moa or any other acronams that you used in your review mean. Thank you to for your input tho, it really did help.

        • Sorry, POI means “point of impact.” When a barrel heats up, it will typically start to expand and/or bend ever so slightly. For example, if I shoot 60 rounds rapidly (one shot per second) through my HK 93, round 60 will hit about an inch high and slightly to the left at 100 yards, as compared to shot No 1, which would be a perfect bullseye hit.

  21. In the manual it says not to take the trigger adjustment screw out because if you do further adjustment is not possible. My question is…if you take the adjustment screw out and the spring…will it hurt the trigger, or just set the trigger to it’s minimum poundage? I cannot get my trigger to go below 3 1/2 pound pull, any further adjustment makes the adjustment screw fall out…

  22. Why is everyone asking for a .308 version, there is a .308 version of this rifle and it is still around 500$ believe it or not. Just poke around on and you can see plenty of these rifles chambered for 7.62 / .308. Happy hunting.

  23. Recently purchased a MVP Predator. Fired 50 rounds after careful break in. Was using new Norma cases, 55 grain bullets, various powders including H322, IMR 4198, and 4895. Also used a 24X scope.
    I couldn’t believe these groups! The best 5 shot group was a tad over 1 1/2″. The worst, a whooping 3 3/4″. The rest of the groups were from 2” to 3″.
    Now the cases have been fire formed, I will use Berger and Sierra bullets. If accuracy does not dramatically improve, the rifle will be up for sale!

    • You sound like an experienced hand-loader, but why not try factory ammo as a control? If it still shoots poorly, I would send it back to Mossberg rather than simply dump it onto the secondary market (where it becomes someone else’s problem). I really dislike that practice, and consider it to be unethical.

      • The shooter at the gun store where I bought the gun, said the I-9 twist would not stabilize 52 grain bullets, and encouraged me to get a box of sierra 69 grain bullets, that they would be much better choice and would stabilize. The review above seems to show that bullets from 40 to 55 grain will work quite nicely. Now I’m really confused??? As far as using factory ammo, if I cant reload and get better groups, I’ll hang my guns for good!

        • I disagree with the guy who told you that a 1 in 9 twist will not stabilize lighter .223 bullets. As the review indicates, my best groups were shot using 40 grain pills.

  24. Well, I have to agree with you. The proof is in the photos of your groups. I’m going to load up the 50, now fire formed cases to shoot tomorrow. will use a few sierra 52 grain # 1410, a few of the 69 grain, #1380, I bought today, on the advice of my dealer, and the rest will be my 52 grain Bergers. Any suggestions as to where in the range of start loads, to hot loads I should start. I tend to load rather lightly, no point in wearing out a barrel in the first year. I shoot paper only.
    Thanks for you advice. By the way, I use a Lee neck collet sizing die to keep from working the brass too much. Any experience with the collet dies?

  25. I currently have and use a Ruger No. 1, 223 Rem., and reload for it. The Mossberg MVP uses case in length and COL that concerns me if my 223 s are shot in the Mossberg will the cases be usable again in the Ruger?

    • John. This gun will not alter your 223 cases. I shoot both 5.56 and .223 out of mine and it doesn’t affect the weapon or the casings.

  26. I have a Predator version with a swfa 10×42 scope, with fiocchi 50 gr vmax i have shot a 3 out of 5 shot group that measured 0.25″ edge to edge group!! Take it for what it is, but I have no reason to lie. This kind of grouping is not always achievable but I always get at least 3/4″ ctc groups. Awesome accuracy for an $850 combo, need to try some Black Hills to see how much is me vs the fiocchi ammo.

  27. I know this is a late comment on this, but I recently purchased the MVP 556 Predator Scoped, and even with the cheaper scope I was shooting subs at 75yds with AMC 55gr and even Wolf 55gr Steelies. Only thing I have done is change the trigger pull weight. The first time I shot it it startled me because it seemed like I just barely put my finger on trigger, but then again I’m a heavy Ar15/M4 shooter/Operator. Overall this firearm is bad ass(excuse the french for the virgin ears) I love it, and the PMAG Gen III Windows work like a charm. I do now have 2.5 x 9 x 40mm Weaver and its a dream. Definitely recommend to anyone who wants a budget bolt shooter they will love!

  28. Outstanding review because it provided important insights without any puff. I fancy a gun with factory iron sights AND a rail for optics option. These days iron sight equipped rifles are getting scarce.

    Your notes on magazine well depth says to me to stay with 10 round mags. The added benefit is being unobstructed shooting from a sand bag (or automobile hood) the mag won’t occlude. Ten rounders even fit in your pocket and you can always keep several pre-loaded so there’s no real dividend to having 30 rounder.

    Very cool rifle, love the bolt action no sweat about any excess barrel heat. AR mag compatible is wonderful but make mine a .308 with Scout compatible mags!

  29. I just bought one of these a couple of months ago – when our anti-gun government took away all our AR15s. I am generally impressed, but I have to go against the majority here when I say that one thing that did not impress was that LBA trigger. It had a long, gritty pull. After only a couple of range outings, I replaced the trigger with a Timney. I find it a great improvement.

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