New member & Mossberg MVP Varmint owner, first post. I've had my MVP Varmint for a couple months now, bought it used at a killer price from a local guy who was forced to offload a few guns to do kitchen remodeling in his home. I had been eyeing these for a while, but was a little skeptical because I had never shot anything from Mossberg other than their shotguns. This one had only had 10 rounds down the barrel for sighting in and checking the sight in. I took the scope off that he had on it and put a Vortex Crossfire II 6x24x50 on it. Added a bi-pod, tactical bolt knob that bolts over the factory knob, and sling. I was impressed with the accuracy over a broad range of factory ammo that I tried. Tried 40 gr Vmax, 50 gr Vmax, 55 gr Blitzkings, 50 gr Tipped Varmint, and many more. Most of the lighter stuff hung around the 1", and some around the 1.5" group. I didn't think that was too bad for a lower end rifle and cheap factory ammo. Well I decided to try out reloading since I had a 6.5 Creedmoor coming in a few months that was being built. I also wanted to reload for my .40 S&W too, so I bit the bullet and bought a decent small set up to start loading up pistol ammo and for the MVP so I could get the hang of it for my precision rifle that was on the way. First I tried the 55 gr Nosler BT and CFE223. They did alright but would have random flyers, ended up weighing every bullet and they were all over the place. So broke em out by weight and they tightened up considerably and consistently. Was getting around .7" groups fairly regular. So that made me happy. I was at the gun shop where I had been buying some of my reloading stuff and was talking to another reloader there. He asked what kind of rifle I was reloading the .223 in. Told him it was a MVP Varmint. He asked had I tried the Berger VLD 70 gr for it? I told him I wasn't too sure the twist rate would stabilize that weight of bullet. He suggested I give em a whirl because it does very well in his 1:9 twist Savage. So I bought a box and 1lb of Benchmark. Had some Lapua brass on order that came in the next day. So the next night I tumbled the brass to remove the annealing residue off the necks, then resized all of them, measured all of them, and weighed all of them. After separating them out into groups, I started load development. Using CCI BR4 primers, Lapua brass, Benchmark powder, and Berger VLD 70 gr bullets (by the way, I weighed all 100 in the box and every one of them were a perfect 70.0 gr !!!! Blown away by that for sure!). I started out using 21 grains of powder and worked up to 21.8 gr building a 6 round batch of each in .2 gr increments. My reasoning behind 6 of each was to shoot two 3 shot groups each to check and verify quickly what they were doing. I will be testing more in the following weeks with a chronograph to see what they are running velocity wise. They all did pretty decent, but I'm pretty sure I've found my load at 21.2 gr of Benchmark! The first group with that load was .411", the second one was .332"! The rest were around .5"-.7"! Man do those VLD shoot excellent in the MVP Varmint! I've attached a pic of the 3 shot group. It was shot at 100 yards from a bi-pod with winds constant at 7-9 mph and gusting up to 13 mph that day. So far, I am blown away now with the accuracy of this rifle for being a low end non custom barrel/chamber/stock/trigger rifle! There was a guy on the next bench beside me who shoots competition regularly with a very nice tricked out .308 Remmy 700 and he was blown away with how accurate it was for being less than 1/3 of what his .308 cost lol. He said there may be one on the horizon for a Coyote gun for him soon. By the way, my scope was zeroed in for the 55 gr Nosler BT load I had been using, the target is sideways in that pic but those 3 bullet holes were on the topside of the bullseye, not to the right side. So they are actually shooting higher than the 55 gr Nosler BT!