Hello from another UK member

Discussion in 'New Member Check In' started by BarnsleyBob, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. BarnsleyBob New Member

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    Hi all...

    I just joined the forum this week after taking the plunge and ordering my first Mossberg, an MVP Scout. I'd done as much reading & youtube viewing as possible (there's not really a lot out there) prior to deciding and a couple of google searches flagged up this forum too.

    A bit about me...

    I'm in the UK, originally from the North of England but been living in Norfolk the past 16 years. I spent 14 years in the British Army (Armoured Reconnaissance) and currently a serving police officer the last 13-odd years.
    I've been into shooting from my early teens, mainly air rifle back then but more rim-fire/centre-fire since leaving the army. Currently I have just a CZ .22LR and the Scout on the way firearm wise but I'm looking to add at least one .303 Enfield and maybe an under-lever in .44 Mag in the new year.

    Anyway I'm looking forward to getting the Scout set up this week and gaining more info through the forum.

    All the best!
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  2. Keith Moderator

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    Welcome!
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  3. wood chucker Moderator

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    Well hi there BansleyBob and welcome to the boards.
    Which Norfolk are you living in ? The Norfolk over in Ol'e Blighty or the the other Norfolk that's west of the pond ?

    I'm a little envious ( in the good way :) ) about your MVP Scout. O.k. and your CZ too. Man those are CZ's nice !
    .303 SMLE's. They can be addictive too :cool: but I don't need to tell you that do I ?:D
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  4. BarnsleyBob New Member

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    Thanks wood chucker, I'm in Norfolk Ol'e Blighty which unfortunately means my access to 'interesting' firearms is a lot more restricted than yours...

    I've just had a call from my gunsmith that the Scout has arrived so I'll be picking up later today. Unfortunately I won't be able to actually use it until Thursday but it'll give me chance to clean any factory gunk off prior to getting out to the range. I'll be really interested to see how it shoots, given that some folk seem to love them and others have said in the past that they don't group well. Either way it's an itch I had to scratch as I love the Scout concept and, in the grand scheme of firearms the Mossberg version are still relatively inexpensive compared to others, even here in the UK where prices are higher!

    The .303 Enfield rifles are definitely addictive. A good friend has several which I've enjoyed shooting, especially the No.5 'Jungle Carbine'. It's a little kicker but lots of fun. I'll likely start with an SMLE or No.4 though as they're easier to come by and the No.4 in particular can be bought fairly cheaply, although whatever I pick up will need to be good condition with matching numbers; there's a lot out there that aren't!

    To be honest though, I could find pretty much all rifles addictive! I'd love a fully functioning M14 (or even better, an M1 Garand) but we're no longer allowed to own semi-auto CF rifles over here. They're too 'dangerous' for us, apparently....

    Anyway cheers for the welcomes and I'll let you know how I get on with the Scout.:cool:
  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    First thing to do is pull off the stock and scope bases and clean the lake of oil. Reinstall with a drop of locktite on the threads for the scope bases or throw them away and grab an EGW 1-piece rail. I'd pull the trigger off too and clean under it as there's a ton of oil between it and the action too. Any plans for your optic?
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  6. DINKY DAU Member

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    Welcome!
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  7. BarnsleyBob New Member

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    I'll be doing those tasks today for sure, then tomorrow I'll manage an hour or two to start shooting the rifle in properly.

    First impressions out of the box are good; sure there's the 'wobble' from the bolt when open and a little wobble (not as bad as I'd expected) from the mag which are both well documented on the MVP range now, but this thing is just so light and pointable! I'm really looking forward to getting out and shooting it.

    Optics wise, my rifle came as a package. I had wanted just the rifle so I could add a scope of my choice but the UK dealer only had the package deals in stock, so it came fitted with the Leapers UTG 1-4x28 scope in the UTG QD rings. It actually looks a decent little optic for the 'extra' money I paid but it has a mildot reticle (not sure if they're mil accurate at 4x mag) and 1/2MOA turrets.

    I might give it a try as I really like the eye relief on it, but my other choice was the Falcon Menace 1.5-5x30. I think the eye relief may be slightly shorter on that scope which goes against the Scout criteria somewhat, however it has a mil reticle with mil turrets. OK it's a 2FP scope but I really like matching ret & turrets if possible...

    First things first though, I want to set up and test the irons and then maybe see how the little Leapers fares before making any changes.
  8. Keith Moderator

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    Typically, the reticule on a second focal plane scope is only accurate at max power if it has any sort of ranging/compensator reticule. There are ways to figure out what other magnifications can work on a variable power scope but with it only being a 1-4, it's not likely.


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  9. BarnsleyBob New Member

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    Yep, the little Falcon Menace is mil accurate only at the full 5x mag Keith. I've had other scopes (Burris Fullfield was one) which are mil accurate at less than their full magnification but most 2FP/SFP scopes seem to be mil accurate on the reticle at maximum magnification.

    I've had a couple of FFP scopes but I've found them to have a fairly narrow FOV so prefer SFP for my live quarry shooting.
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  10. Keith Moderator

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    Not a problem if you understand the limitations of your choice, you are fine with it, and it works for you. ;)

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