O.F. Mossberg & SonS commenced production in March 1919, in a rented loft on State Street in New Haven, Connecticut, and today is the oldest family-owned firearms company in the USA. Their involvement with rifles goes back to their early days, and in 1940, they were awarded sub-contracts to make British Lee-Enfield rifles. Not all our readers will be familiar with their Model 500 range of pump-action shotguns. The Maverick 88 (almost identical to the Model 500) at one stage sold like the proverbial hotcakes in South Africa.
The Mossberg Varmint and Pred- ator rifles (MVP) began as hunting rifles and evolved into a range of precision rifles in several configurations, namely a Varmint model, Scout rifle, Patrol, Long Range and the Light Chassis (LC), which is the subject of this review.
The test model, chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor, is a new calibre choice for 2018 and is built on Mossberg’s proven standard bolt action with two locking lugs, this one with fluted bolt. This design feeds from both standard AR-10 style (LR308/SR25) and M1A/M14 style magazines. In this calibre their patented MVP 7.62 Dual Push bolt design is used, which incorp- orates two protrusions on the bottom of the bolt-face that push the cart- ridges from the magazine into the chamber. This also stops the bolt from closing once the magazine is empty.
The LC model has a tan-finished aluminium MDT chassis, a Magpul CTR adjustable stock, MOE grip, 10 and 20-round P-Mag magazines (polymer) and a matte blue finish on the receiver and the 20-inch medium bull-barrel. The barrel, with a 1:8 twist, is fluted and threaded for a muzzle-brake or suppressor. A Picatinny rail is fitted to the action.
The Magpul stock can be adjusted to allow length of pull between 11.25 and 14.5 inches, a handy feature that meant I could set up the rifle for my own size by simply depressing a lever on the stock and adjusting the length by, in my case, sliding the stock further out and locking it in place by depressing another lever.
The chassis allows for a free-floated barrel and a magazine release button on the right hand side that I could easily reach with my trigger finger. The bottom of the front end of the chassis can be used to fit a Picatinny rail or other attachment as it has several threaded standard-size holes.
All this results in the LC 6.5mm model weighing only 7.75lbs (without accessories) making for a very light rifle that you can carry all day without fatigue setting in. In comparison, most Howa chassis-rifles weigh over 10lbs.
The trigger is Mossberg’s own Lightning Bolt Action Adjustable Trigger (LBA), and can be set from 3 to 7 pounds on the MVP models, but the stock must be removed to do this.
Read more in the August 2018 issue of Magnum.