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SPECS MANUFACTURER: O.F. MOSSBERG & SONS, INC. (DEPT. AR), 7 GRASSO AVE., NORTH HAVEN, CT 06473; (203) 230-5300; MOSSBERG.COM 37.75" 1.06" 0.13 TO 1.13" 16.25" SIGHTS: WILLIAMS ADJUSTABLE OPEN SIGHTS, PICATINNY RAIL TRIGGER: LIGHTNING BOLT ACTION ADJUSTABLE; 2-LB., 8-OZ. PULL WEIGHT: 7 LBS., 8 OZS. ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL, ONE PMAG 10 LR/SR 10-ROUND MAGAZINE, LOCK MSRP: $945 13.25" CHAMBERING: 7.62X51 MM NATO (.308 WIN.) ACTION TYPE: BOLT-ACTION, CENTER-FIRE REPEATING RIFLE RECEIVER: MATTE-BLACK CARBON STEEL BARREL: MEDIUM CONTOUR, SIX-GROOVE, 1:10" RH TWIST; 5/8X24 THREADED MUZZLE MAGAZINE: SR25 OR M14-STYLE DETACHABLE BOX; 10-ROUND CAPACITY SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.) .308 WIN. CARTRIDGE VEL. @ 15' (F.P.S.) ENERGY (FT.-LBS.) FEDERAL AMERICAN EAGLE 150-GR. FMJ BT 2646 AVG. 20 SD 2,323 1.08 3.58 2.14 HORNADY CUSTOM LITE 125-GR. SST 2374 AVG. 14 SD 1,564 1.06 2.40 1.82 NOSLER 165-GR. BT 2523 AVG. 19 SD 2,332 0.94 2.24 1.64 AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD GROUP SIZE (INCHES) LARGEST AVERAGE SMALLEST 1.87 NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS FROM A 16.25" BARREL OVER A CALDWELL G2 CHRONOGRAPH AT 15 FT. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT 100 YDS. FROM A CHAMPION RIFLE REST. TEMPERATURE: 75° F. HUMIDITY: 57%. ABBREVIATIONS: BT (BALLISTIC TIP), FMJ BT (FULL METAL JACKET, BOATTAIL), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION), SST (SUPER SHOCK TIP). at about the 7-o'clock position when the bolt is out of battery. Features common to the MVP LR models are a threaded, medium-contour barrel and a stock with an adjustable comb-on the standard rifles the former is 20" long and features straight fluting while the latter is a wood product covered in a green, textured paint and possessing a very pronounced pistol grip. The MVP LR Tactical is shortened and streamlined, with a 16.25" non-fluted barrel and a sportier stock that retains the finish and adjustable comb, but has a more open pistol grip. The barrel is threaded at the muzzle, 5/8x24, and comes with a knurled thread protector. Optimizing its utility in the field, the rifle's stock has three studs-two forward, one aft-for attaching a sling and bipod. The comb assembly has two smooth pillars and one central screw that align with corresponding vertical holes in the stock, and retention for the adjustable cheekrest is provided by a spring-tensioned ring inside the center hole, which is grooved to engage the threads of the screw. The comb can be raised, about 1", by depressing a button on the right side of the buttstock and pulling up on the cheekrest. The system looks clean and refined, and we found it was easy to use, but at its maximum height the cheekrest is a bit unstable, rocking slightly fore and aft. The MVP LR Tactical also distinguishes itself with the addition of Williams adjustable iron sights. The arrangement includes a fully adjustable open rear sight, mounted about 11" back from the muzzle, and a fixed front sight with a red fiber-optic pipe. The configuration is very similar to those found on guide guns or dangerous game rifles. Additionally, and more appropriate for the LR designation, there is 6" of Picatinny rail above the receiver for mounting magnified optics. Finally, the rifle's controls are pretty straightforward: magazine release and comb adjustment as previously described, a thumb safety at the right AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG OCTOBER 2016 rear of the receiver-the forward "fire" position reveals a red indicator-and a bolt release latch at the left rear of the receiver. It's worth noting that the safety blocks the trigger, but does not prevent manipulation of the bolt. Evaluators were able to put the MVP LR Tactical through its paces, both in the field and at the range. Topped with an EOTech holographic sight and 5X magnifier, and shooting Nosler .308 Win. loads with 168-gr. E-Tip bullets, the rifle was used to take a nice bull elk near Ennis, Mont. Our hunter praised the rifle, short and stout as it is, for its excellent handling and portability, especially in heavy timber and dense vegetation. At the range, using American Rifleman protocol, the gun performed well, but never with the tack-driving accuracy we had hoped for. Overall, we found the rifle to be capable, handy in the field, and versatile thanks to its combination of precision- and patrol-oriented features. 91 http://www.MOSSBERG.COM http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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