Skip to comments.Rifle Review: The Mossberg MVP
Posted on 11/18/2012 9:23:51 AM PST by smokingfrog
Mossbergs new MVP rifle is an easy gun to like. Its a bolt-action chambered in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem. that has the makings of a good all-around varminter. Theres nothing particularly fancy in its construction, but the designers at Mossberg didnt overlook any critical features either. The result is a very workable firearm that does what it should without any fanfare or pretention. It is like a Lab rescued from a shelter who clearly has a bit of something else in his bloodlinebut he hunts hard, is a great companion, and came at a great price.
** Magazine Versatility **
The cleverest feature on the MVP is an action that is fed by AR-style magazines. The rifle ships with a 10-round metal magazine, which is probably the best size for the platform. Though if you have a pile of 30-rounders lying about and you dont run into clearance issues with your benchrest or bipod, then knock yourself out. The beauty of this is that you can head to the range or prairie dog patch with a batch of pre-loaded mags, and while your buddy is fumbling to reload his varmint gun, you can keep picking off ground squirrels as fast as you can run the bolt.
While the 10-rounder that came with the MVP worked great in my sample, I did have an issue with some other mags I used. A 20-round Magpul PMag, for instance, wouldnt engage the magazine catch securely and would occasionally drop loose from the mag well.
** Modified Bolt Head **
To get the MVP to feed with AR magazines, Mossberg designed the bolt head with a tab that flips down to catch the rim of the next round in the mag and strip it out from between the magazines retaining lips.
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Anybody have one that wasn't lost in a boating accident?
I would think the little 20 rd Thermold mags would work great in that.
Looks like this rifle has been around for a little while, but I’ve never heard much about it. It would probably be a good first rifle for a youngster (or someone who has never owned a rifle before).
Really neat. Mossberg is doing some good stuff these days.
They need to knock the price down a bit.
Get it more in line with their ATR lineup.
Yes they are. Look at this.
Cheap deer rifle, but will get the job done. I think I’d go for the .270 or 30-06 though.
Sweet indeed but who in their right mind would lay a rifle in the dirt like that?
I don’t even like finger prints on my guns let alone treat them like that.
Nice that it can share ammo with tools with other purposes.
Doesn’t Ruger make one like that? Do not know what the magazine type is though. A bolt rifle that took DPMS pattern .308 magazines would be a killer in sales I think.
Does it have enough knockdown capacity for the likely varmints we’ll have to use it on, the blue helmeted invaders?
Yes they make a .308 scout rifle.
I think rugers mag is proprietary
Heck, it wasn’t made to be purty.
Its a field gun, but I hear Ya.
Some guns are for looking art some are for shootin
I know, it’s just the way I was brought up.
Pop’s never owned cheap guns though, his were and still are always top of the line expensive ones.
But it stayed with me, even my cheaper guns get the royal treatment.....sure wish I didn’t lose them all in that boating accident on Lake Mead!
My Christmas came early this year.
Yesterday my wife bought me something I’ve wanted for years.
A 10/22 with Mannlicher stock. Stainless and well checkered walnut stock.
Added a 4x32 scope. I’m in love.
Lost all mine on the way to Catalina in the deep part too what luck I had one of those amazing lift an outboard magnets not enough line tho. drats
Haven't been there for years.
I think of all the things I miss about California, the ocean is on the top of the list.
Restaurants would be next, and of course the way it was 30 years ago ;(
You better hang onto her!
I read somewhere that the MVP doesn’t work well with Magpul mags — supposedly, did not properly seat them. Standard GI mags seemed to work well. I don’t know about Thermold polymer mags. I know of them, but all I have ever used were GI and Magpul mags in my ARs. I think it’s a very good design to use cheap, standard AR mags. All manufactures would be wise to follow suit.
I love the thermolds on my AR
This would probably be a better first rifle for a youngster:
Caliber: 22 LR
Rate of Twist: 16
Weight: 2.66 lbs
Overall Length: 31.5"
Barrel Length: 16.125"
Ammo Capacity: 1
Too bad they didn’t put a 1:8 barrel on that thing so it could shoot 77gr SMK.
This is the time to be buying semi-auto guns, and many of them, not bolt action guns.
Nice gun, but this will be available any time.
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