MVP Varmint .223/5.56x45mm

Discussion in 'Mossberg MVP Rifle General Discussion' started by skeeter, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. skeeter New Member

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    Hi, I am new to your forum but chronologically very old. After years of Olympic Trap and then handgun shooting I have taken up long distance rifle shooting. I found a little range in Morongo valley, about 49 miles from La Quinta, CA, that has hanging steel at 300 yds. Southern California has very limited access to long distance ranges. The best of which are the Angeles Range and Piru gun range. So, I will be taking possession, after the mandatory 10 wait period, of a new MVP Varmint in cal. 5.56x45mm NATO. It has the 24" threaded bbl. and target/bench rest style laminated stock. I am hoping for 1.5 MOA accuracy with PMC 223A and Federal 5.56 XM193 ammo. That accuracy will enable me to shoot 15" steel plates to 600 yds. I will be installing a SWFA SS 12x42 tactical scope, Warne 214m rings and a Kaw Valley linear compensator. C-Products makes steel 10rd magazines which I hear feed very well in the MVP. I ordered a few of those. This will be my first Mossberg gun. I am hoping to be able to shoot several boxes of ammo with each trip to the range since it is 100 miles round trip from my home. I would prefer to shoot my Ruger No.1 cal. 243 Win. and Winchester model 70 Extreme Weather SS cal. 7mm-08 Rem because they hammer the steel. However, the 243 is twice as expensive and the 7mm-08 is three times as expensive to shoot than the .223/5.56. So, value for the buck is important that is why I am going with the MVP Varmint. The initial cost at $559 was half the cost of my Ruger No.1 and Winchester Model 70. Combine that with a cost per round of 33 cents and I can shoot a lot more. I still will shoot my No.1 and Model 70 at steel because I love to see those steel plates being hammered by those large bullets. However, I will shoot them sparingly. This it seems is my last hurrah. After having given up motorcycle riding last year at 75 and recently reduced to playing the guitar for only for 15 minutes a day, my hope is to continue to shoot for 6 more years then sell it all. It is tough getting old and having to give up the things you have done since childhood. However, I will make every effort to make every bullet count.
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  2. wood chucker Moderator

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    Welcome Skeeter.

    If ball ammo don't cut the mustard for ya right off the bat a nice alternative is Federals American Eagle 50 grain varmint ammo. It shoots pretty good in most of my rifles and comes in 50 round boxes. The per cost round a little higher but it's not a deal breaker.
  3. skeeter New Member

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    Thank you Woodchucker. I will locate a box and give them a try.
  4. entrepreneur1969 New Member

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    Welcome. While I seldom post on here, it is a good site for MVP owners. At 65 and counting, my hat is off to you. Having lived a very active and challenging life so far, it is hard to slow down but necessary most of the time. I own a mvp 223 18" barrel rifle and completely went thru it this winter and hand fitted all the parts, glass bedded the action, re-crowned the barrel, completely overhauled the factory trigger assembly, and more. Just waiting on weather and energy to go try it out again. I hope to shoot 5" groups at 500 meters consistently. Will let you know. Mine shot average from the factory. Some people on here have exceptional accuracy from factory guns. Luck of the draw. pun intended. Have fun with your rifle and keep on shooting.
  5. Keith Moderator

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    Welcome! I'm still working on figuring out what my rifle likes best myself. The general impression is that the MVP will meet your expectations once you figure out what your rifle likes. Now, my 7.62 MVP very much like Remington 168gr Gold Medal Match. Unfortunately, local supply has dried up so I'm back to searching as I have time. Spamassassin might be able to shorten the learning curve for you some as woodchucker has. Great people here and they will help you out however they can.

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