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Mossberg Patriot
LR Hunter
W
hile 6.5 mm Creedmoor took
close to a decade to really
catch on, that doesn't seem
to be the case with the 6.5 mm PRC.
Both developed by Hornady, this
" magnum " Creedmoor boasts higher
velocities, fl atter trajectories and
greater downrange energy than its
older brother, all without a major
increase in recoil or the need for a
longer action. But the question has
always been, " When will affordable
guns be chambered in it? " Mossberg
has answered that call with its
Patriot LR (Long-Range) Hunter.
The LR Hunter is a bolt-action,
centerfi re, repeating rifl e that feeds
from a detachable box magazine.
Its carbon-steel action is mated to
a 24.1 " medium-contour barrel that
is cut with 5R rifl ing-in the PRCchambered
rifl es, it is rifl ed to a twist
rate of 1:8 " . Exterior barrel features
include deep longitudinal fl uting
for weight reduction and increased
cooling, a 5/8x24-TPI threaded
muzzle for the addition of a brake or
a sound suppressor and a matte-blued
fi nish to match that of the receiver.
Once assembled, this barreled
action is set within a hybrid stock
that is comprised of a beech-wood
core covered entirely by a synthetic,
polymer-based material. The stock is
then fi nished with spider web microtexturing
throughout to enhance
grip, particularly in moist conditions.
Everything is held in place by a pair
of action screws that lock the main
contact points against aluminum
bedding pillars, ensuring repeatable
accuracy. The LR Hunter features a
familiar two-lug, push-feed bolt-
with a 90-degree throw-and its body
is spiral-fl uted to shave off a bit of
weight and add a touch of fl air.
Before going to the range for
accuracy testing, we turned our
attention to the LBA (Lightning BoltAction)
trigger system that comes
The pull weight on the test sample's Lightning Bolt-Action trigger
could be adjusted from between 2 lbs., 2 ozs., and 5 lbs., 8 ozs.,
by simply turning one screw (arrow) on the face of its housing.
standard with the Patriot LR Hunter.
It features a safety blade that must
be depressed before the trigger will
fi re, providing a measure of drop
safety. The trigger is also useradjustable,
which is accomplished
by removing the stock and turning
a single screw clockwise to increase
the required pressure to discharge
the fi rearm or counterclockwise to
decrease it.
Our test sample showed up from
the factory at its lowest setting of
2 lbs., 2 ozs., and we were able to
adjust it all the way up to a maximum
pull weight of 5 lbs., 8 ozs. As our
next stop was the range, we turned it
back down to its lowest setting and
re-installed the stock.
Disassembly was about as simple
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