Mossberg MVP Varmint Edition

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by FishinLuke, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. FishinLuke

    FishinLuke New Member

    Just purchased a rifle I have been looking at for about a year now, and I debated my choices here in this thread. It's the Mossberg MVP Varmint Edition.

    Caliber: 5.56/.223
    Barrel: 24" Medium Bull Fluted, 1:9 Twist
    Trigger: Stock Lightning Trigger (similar to the savage accutrigger)
    Magazines: AR15 Mags
    Scope: Vortex Crossfire II 4-16x40mm (Dead Hold BDC) with parallax adjustment
    BiPod: Atlas 6-9" with Blackhawk Picatinney to sling mount

    Haven't got a chance to shoot it yet, hopefully, coming up before here and Christmas I'll get a chance to let you know how it goes.

    I'm going to try and do some accuracy tests on some different grain store bought ammo. It seems that most of the people who have done reviews on this rifle have said that it seems to like 60-70 grain bullets which would be nice for some larger varmints, and the reviews have said that it still does well with the 55 grain varmint rounds. I really want to find a cheap 5.56/.223 bulk ammo that this likes. One of my main reasons in purchasing this was to be able to shoot cheaply with this caliber and practice some longer distance shooting (200-400 yards). Also, I have plans on doing some varmint hunting with it (i.e. rock chucks, coyotes, boars wolves) and maybe some smaller game (rabbits).

    These seemingly get pretty good reviews as far as accuracy and reliability goes, we'll see how my experience goes. People seemed to think that the bolt was sloppy, and this is only so when it is out of battery position. When it is locked it is as tight as any other bolt action. I haven't had any problems with it cycling ammo out of the magazine and into battery and ejecting. Others seemed to complain of the rough ride that this has cycling the rounds. And while it is rough compared to other bolt guns, I don't feel it is that bad, and given the fact that I don't have to buy any magazines for it as I already have plenty of AR mags, I had no problem over looking a little bit of resistance in the action of chambering a cartridge.

    I don't really do reviews on my stuff, but I felt that I need to start to as I always am researching and using other peoples reviews for my purchases. So this is the start of my contributions so that maybe others can from something I may say or point out. Thanks for viewing and would love your comments or suggestions.

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  2. longunner

    longunner New Member

    I think you made the right choice. If I were to get one of these, it would be the same model as yours. Congrats on the new rifle and I'm sure it goes for everyone when I say I can't wait to see how it does in your accuracy tests and review

  3. oroprospector

    oroprospector New Member

    Now they are coming out with a .308 plat form.
  4. awahlster

    awahlster New Member

    My son has the same rifle with a Mueller 4.5-14X ATP mil-dot scope and he's extremely happy with our hand loads he says it can out shoot him. And he's Expert with everything from M9 to M14 in the NAVY. SO you should be happy as long as you got a good example.
  5. cllowe

    cllowe New Member

    Hey just wondering if you bipod fits good? Mine sits off camber quite a bit. Guess I will have to get on of the block adapters for it.
  6. FishinLuke

    FishinLuke New Member

    I know, I've looked at those online, but have yet to see one in person. If this model works out for me and provides good accuracy, I would consider one of those down the road.

    Is your bipod an atlas? If so it doesn't make sense to me, the atlas that I have, pans, pivots and rotates, so I don't know how the camber would be off on yours?
  7. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

    I have the 20" lighter weight model and it is plenty accurate. Easily held MOA at 100 with 55 grain hand loads and a Burris FF2 3-9x40 BDC. Some people complain about the bolt but it is due the ability to use the AR mags. There is a bump in there but I really like that feature. I have 3 10's that I use with it. The 30's just hang down too far. I need to get on the 300 yard range and check the BDC. I would have liked to have the threaded barrel but they were tough to find.
  8. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

    I have the same model, I have the Sightmark 8.5-25x50 Tactical scope.

    I have been using some Bushmaster, PMAGS and older AR-15 mags with no issues. Lately, prefer the 10 rounder mags, based on the bipod I am using. I need to upgrade to Harris model.

    I have Thermold mags, will not work at all, insert and they drop out. Good for the AR only.

    I have been using the American Eagle 5.56 x 45mm NATO 62 gr. from the 150 round box from Walmart $69.99, cheaper than Sportsman's Warehouse! This ammo is on the marker, nailing the metal target at 200 yards and that is from an angle.

    I have been shooting .223 in Federal, American, or PMC 55 gr and 62 gr mix; however, the rounds tend drop at least 4 inches at 100 yards. Shooting the MVP Varmint with only 5.56 rounds, the .223 is more for the 700 VTR.

    Prefer to stay with a specific ammo a rifle loves.

    I have not used the AR223 Federal ammo, might attempt it next range time to see what the accuracy is.
  9. cllowe

    cllowe New Member


    No it's a Harris. I compensate wit it by having the left leg extended about an inch.