MVP Varmint 5.56x45 24" bbl. 200yd/300yd Accuracy update

Discussion in 'Mossberg MVP Rifle General Discussion' started by skeeter, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. skeeter New Member

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    Today I shot my MVP Varmint at hanging steel targets set at 200yds and 300yds. The High Desert Rod and Gun Club's weather was excellent. Ambient temps 61 degrees at 8:05am and warming to 69 degrees by 9:00am. The wind was merciful. My best guess was a "gentle" frontal wind about 10mph. I loaded 10rds of the Korean (PMC) cat #223A in one magazine and 10rds of Federal XM193 in another. The rifle had already been zeroed at 25yds and I made an adjustment of .3 MILS which using Hornady's standard ballistic chart would theoretically zero the rifle at 200yds. The first 2 shots at the 20" plate missed wide. I held 1 MIL left of the crosshairs and that centered the hits. So I dialed the windage turret 1MIL right and fired again resulting in a satisfying center impact. I had counted the total number of clicks both in elevation and windage after I had zeroed the rifle at 25yds. I did not return the windage to zero. I fired the balance of that magazine and another with the Korean ammo at the 16" steel plate. The results were extremely pleasing. All were easy hits and centered. I do not have a camera with a lens capable of taking pictures at 200yds and beyond. In any event the RO will not permit shooters to advance any farther than the 100yds paper targets. Looking through my 12x scope I would estimate all hits were within a 5 inch circle. Then I fired the Federal ammo. After 5rds I could not differentiate the PMC from the Federal. The scope was elevated .7 MILS, the legs on the Harris bipod were extended a little and the rifle was now in position
    to fire on the 300yd 20" and 16" plates. Either the Hornady's standard ballistic charts are pretty accurate or I was lucky. The first shot at 300yds was as a tiny bit high of center. Moving the elevation turret .1 MIL down centered the bullets. I shot the both the PMC and Federal and again could not see any significant difference. The wind had subsided somewhat in velocity but still straight in my face. No additional windage adjustments were made. I fired a total of 12rds at 300yds missing only one. Again the group was small. I would say all hits were within 8 inches. This empirical data leads me to conclude that my experiment was successful. One can indeed buy a relative moderately priced rifle and scope and using inexpensive (non-match grade) ammo shoot long range with some success. The Mossberg MVP Varmint 5.56x45 with 24" medium heavy bbl. is a fun and easy rifle to shoot with no noticeable recoil. I is highly accurate, has excellent ergonomics and is now my favorite rifle. Be advised a good scope is a important. I hope to get a fellow rifleman to share a ride to Angeles Range and shoot 660 yards. I hope that happens soon.

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  2. rawhidekid Member

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    Good looking rifle and excellent report. Nice shooting.:cool:
  3. skeeter New Member

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    Thanks for the comments, however, I have great difficulty shooting in the wind.
  4. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Come on up to Avenal for one of our long range matches or for a metallic silhouette match. Between the hobbyist competitors and the pro-shooters, we'll teach you some things and you'll have an amazing time. (avenalgunclub.com and check the calendar). It's a bit of a drive from LA but makes for a really rewarding weekend and a way to meet some really cool guys that love to teach.

    For long range there are very few rules about equipment. I've considered using a Trapdoor Springfield just to troll the PRS pro-shooters. Anything up to 300wm is legal for the range. For metallic silhouette no brakes allowed, gun under 10lbs 2oz, no slings, .243cal or bigger (no .223), no magnums. Each match requires 50 rounds but you should bring another box of shells to confirm zero and get MV's if necessary and take any practice shots you feel you need to.

    I have a standing offer, anyone from this forum that shows up to a match I attend gets a free custom long range data table for one rifle/load combo. (see ballisticxlr.com on the products tab, it's the B-FEDS kit).
  5. skeeter New Member

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    Thank you so much for the invitation. I really do appreciate it, however, I just don't have the physical stamina to drive more than 50 miles without resting for several hours. When I go to the range in Morongo Valley I have to sleep in the suv for a hour of so after shooting. Then I can make the 49 mile drive home without falling asleep at the wheel. My advise is "Don't ever get old".
  6. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Don't I know it. Used my body as a forklift for a long time. Never had the common sense to know when to quit anything, or when to get a hydraulic lift. Lead to a number of injuries that nag at me and some that restrict what I can and can't do at all but at least I've lucked my way out of significant crippling. I'll almost certainly never see an age distinguished enough for any independent observer to ever call me old. Advanced age is the only thing that doesn't run in the family. So if nothing else, at least I'm likely to be spared the most severe ravages of time. Every cloud right. ;)

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