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That’s the Mossberg MVP Varmint rifle that Joe Grine’s meticulously testing as we speak write. You can look forward to one of those uber-comprehensive reviews that only he can produce in the next week or two. In the mean time, though, do you see what he’s done there? The MVP Varmint takes standard 5.56 AR assault clips. And that’s one of those Aurora-style 100-round drum mags that Joe’s attached to the innocent bolt-action’s undercarriage. Can you imagine the hellfire Joe could rain down on the Oregonian coyote population with one of those things? We can only hope that no one on the Senior Senator from California’s staff sees this.

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  1. I thought this gun looked familiar. The Mossy looks good in the photo and even better in person. DiFi might now create a new gun category: bolt-action sniper assaulters.

      • That’s precisely what is done in many countries. In Italy (just as an example) it is illegal to own a handgun chambered for 9×19 Parabellum, as this is a round used in military firearms…but it is not illegal to own an otherwise-identical handgun chambered for 9×21.

        • I’ve read about such a ban in parts of Europe. I believe that in France and Germany, people cannot buy military caliber ammo because there are large numbers of weapons from the wars hidden in people’s homes.

        • If 9mmx21mm is just a longer 9mm case, I want a gun chambered in it! I get more power than a normal 9mm AND keep the capacity! You act like this cartridge is a bad thing…

      • C’mon. You’re not paying enough attention. They ALREADY want everything from M-1s on up. They just aren’t saying so yet.

        Relax, black powder gunners, though. Your hi-tech weaponry is safe.

        This year.

  2. Now if you could get a left handed one as a right hand shooter, your right hand would never leave the fire controls. Could you shoot it quickly? Me thinks so.

    • Don’t be silly. You’d catch the bolt in the face. I’m a lefty and I tried exactly that with a “normal” bolt action. The only way to avoid it is to break the cheek weld when you chamber the next round. Personally, I’d rather move my firing hand than break my sight picture.

  3. I’ve got a couple of bolt guns but surprisingly none in .223. I’ve been looking at this gun to round out my collection (as well as the CZ 527 and building a custom) but the stock is just fugly.

    • I own one with a 24″ barrel. The stock is indeed a fugly abomination, but it’s comfortable as hell to shoot from a bipod. If I could get a decent after-market stock for it, I’d be on it.

      To be honest, using a > 10rd magazine in the MVP is mostly a novelty. My arm starts getting tired pretty quick even with a 20rd magazine. I do like being able to share mags with my AR-15, though.

      I am on the fence about suppressing it. If Mossberg would release it in .300BLK, or release a conversion barrel, I’d probably take the leap. But .223 is kind of a meh caliber to suppress. *shrugs*

  4. I was wondering when someone would do that. I remember your guys SHOT coverage that had one of these with a SureFire 60 or 100 rounder but that works a lot better for bench shooting.

    Man, that’s like two trips to the range for me. As far as bench shooting goes anyway, I’m more of a handgun man myself.

  5. Nice rifle! That is one I have been saving my nickles for. You guys did a review of this a few months back, but I’m looking forward to the in-depth one that you folks do so well. Also looks like a nice scope on that. Any info on the scope?

    • The scope is a Leopold VX-2, but I had Leopold add the target turrets. ($120). The scope says “Centenial edition” on the side – this was a special run that they did back in 2007. It has a BCD reticle that I really like for shooting .22LR. I bought them on sale at GI Joes when they went out of business in 2008. This scope is temporarily “on loan” from a 10-22, I’m pretty sure I had Leopold set the parallax for 50 yards.

  6. “Aurora-style?” I can’t believe you wrote that. You just implied that slaughter is what they’re made for. Why not “Austin-style M-1 Carbine” or “Tuscon-style Glock 19?”

      • Seconded. I know the point is to put a “dangerous” magazine on a wood stocked bolt gun, and thereby point out the hilarity of the antis magazine phobia. However, the antis will take what you say and do out of context, and this article wouldn’t look good outside of a pro-2A audience.

        • the antis will take what you say and do out of context

          Who gives a sh!t? They make up anything they want, so even if you didn’t say it, you did.

        • Antis will do what they do. I don’t care. But I object to pro-2A folks (i.e.; TTAG) equating C-mags with spree shootings. It negates our argument that inanimate objects are value-neutral. Words have consequences.

    • Jwm, I have found plenty of places that still have bulk 5.56 and .223 tracer ammo in stock. Not sure of the legalities of tracer ammo in other states and probably not a great idea during dry weather but I may pick some up.

      • No tracer rounds allowed in CA, unfortunately.

        But I hear there’s a state that’s a 4-hour drive from the SF Bay Area where tracers are just fine and dandy…

  7. I love walking out to the line and setting up my innocent MVP, then watching the heads turn as I slap in a pmag. Love this rifle for range sessions with my brother. We load up a couple mags before we head out and shoot happy for hours.


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