New guy, used rifle

Discussion in 'Mossberg MVP Rifle General Discussion' started by Byrd, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Byrd New Member

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    New guy from Kansas here!
    I was in Cabela's last week and spotted a used MVP Patrol in 5.56. I had been reading about them so I picked it up for $450. I don't think that was too bad a deal.

    It was missing the rear sight, so I ordered one from Mossberg, but I have yet to shoot it. I'm going to take the Nikon .223 1.5 x4 off my AR and see what it does with that before I decide on glass.

    The barrel of this rifle was filthy, it too a lot of Hoppes and scrubbing to get it to shine. I suspect the previous owner ran Russian through it.

    I hope to get it out next week and sight it in. My load of 24 grains of H335 over a 55 get FMJBT is good in my AR so I'm hoping it'll perform in my MVP.

    Anyway, looking forward to learning and hopefully giving some input to the forum.
  2. wood chucker Moderator

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    Welcome to the boards Byrd. Nice score on the Patrol too.
  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Valkommen! Your load will work fine. The throat on these is a little long. I've had best results with bullets heavier than 55gn. Around 70grains things started to hum nicely. With M193 and M855 spec stuff I got 1.5" groups. Heavier pills made smaller groups.
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  4. Keith Moderator

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    Welcome! If you haven't done so already, pull the rail off the rifle and clean the oil out from under it. The previous owner may have done it already but it won't hurt. Then reinstall the screws with some blue thread locker to make sure they won't work loose.


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  5. boostless Active Member

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    Welcome, if the barrel was that dirty I would suspect that the previous owner didn't clean much so I would take the scope base off and clean as Keith has suggested.
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  6. Byrd New Member

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    That was the first thing I did when I got the rifle home, complete disassemble and clean. You were right, it was dirty under the rail!

    Instead of the taking the Nikon off my AR, I put a BSA 6-18 with AO on it. Not the best but the Nikon was dialed in on the AR and I was reluctant to take it off. I figure with the higher magnification of the BSA I'll be able to see what it'll do.

    I've got my reloads and some M855 as well as PMC Bronze that I can try out in it. Hopefully this week I can get it out.
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  7. rawhidekid Member

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    Welcome aboard, good luck at the range. Nothing wrong with used rifles, my MVP Patrol in 7.62 was used but not abused.:cool:
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  8. rmchambers New Member

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    Not worth a thread of it's own so I'll Hijack this one :)

    I live in Connecticut which is a hell hole when it comes to gun rights. Some friends of mine got together several years back and formed a gun rights group CCDL - Connecticut Citizens Defense League which is based on Virginia CDL. Anyway, we have an annual dinner with donated firearms as raffle prizes.

    I dropped $40 on raffle tickets and put a couple in for a Ruger SR 1911 with custom grips, one in on a DP-12 beast shotgun and one on a Mossy MVP in 5.56.

    I didn't win the SR, or the DP-12 but I damn sure won the MVP patrol! with a good scope on it!

    that's how I joined the MVP family! :)
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  9. Keith Moderator

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    Congrats and welcome!


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  10. jwb47 Active Member

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    congrats on the new to you rifle.
  11. Byrd New Member

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    Appreciate all the hellos! Love my new/used rifle, but now I have a question. I had to remove the rear sight to install the scope, and now want to remove the front sight to "clean it up" What size screw blanks should I use?

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