Best New Rifle of 2011

If you have been following this Blog, you probably already know the answer. Its the Mossberg MVP. Finally, an American made rifle with an action properly sized for .223 Remington sized cartridges. On top of that, the rifle accepts AR 15 magazines.

Mossberg's Linda Powell with two badgers she took with the MVP during our Oregon field test of the rifle..

It has a laminated stock, heavy barrel, 1 in 9 twist, comes with Weaver style bases and is fitted with the very good Mossberg LBA trigger. As is, it is a nice and affordable (Suggested Retail $ 649.00) rifle but think of the posibilities. It could be easily rebarreled to work with any cartridge built around the .223 Remington case and with some bolt face modification many other ultra short-action cartridges.

Information on this rifle is not available on the Mossberg web site yet but for more details use the SEARCH feature on this BLOG and enter MVP.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to Best New Rifle of 2011

  1. Michael B. Saari says:

    What grain and type bullet was used to subdue the two badgers?
    I noticed the 40gr Ballistic Tip Fiocchis don’t even exit groundhogs. I will try the 50gr Ballistic tip next and if those don’t give me an exit hole I will try the Black Hills 60gr ballistic tips. Heck, even my Ruger 10/22 with CCI 32gr segmentation bullets give me an exit hole on ground hogs and opossums.
    Dont know if it’s the fault of Fiocchi ammo or if its simply that 40gr bullets coming out of a AR-15 20inch barrel just isn’t enough bullet to get a pass through.
    I’m very disappointed with the Fiocchi 40 gr ballistic tip bullets as they do not egress ground hogs or opossums.
    I would like to hear other peoples stories regarding the Fiocchi 40 gr ballistic tip bullets in the 223 round. I am really starting to favor the Ruger 10/22 with CCI ammunition for everything smaller than deer.

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