Unsung Hero: #Mossberg #MVP-LC .308
For many shooters looking to get into the distance game the choice is easy. Drop a lot of coin. A lot alot.
If you spend any amount of time on shooting forums, you’ll get opinion after opinion on the best round, the best chassis, the best manufacturers and the list goes on. Distance shooting is a blend of perfected science, proven equipment, ammunition specifications, weather, a bit of dumb luck and most of all straight out skill. This of course is the generic description of components needed and again, the forums will correct you immediately for mis-speaking, mis-stating or often times just asking what they think is a dumb question. I probably ask more than most. But if I didn’t, I wouldn’t learn anything in terms I can understand.
I am not a distance shooter. I will never be a distance shooter in the way those folks are. Therefore, I will not be sponsored and receive a $9,000 rifle, nor will I be spending even $3,000 of my own dollars to buy the right ball to play on their playground.
What I will do however, is scour the Internet for a ridiculous amount of hours to find a rifle that is in my price range, has some (if not most) of the features I wanted, read and reread the specs, look up existing reviews, watch videos, make a fool of myself on above mentioned forums asking dumb questions and then spend the same amount of time looking for the absolute best deal I can find. On top of all of that, I will then decide how I can save money and still end up with the same thing or better. I guess I’m a keyboard masochist and not in the good, fun kind of way.
After all of my searching I found the Mossberg MVP LC. It is offered in both NATO 5.56 and 7.62 (308) versions. It utilizes the proven MVP bolt design that has been well received and enjoyed by hunters for years and seemed like a great option for me. I have and do own several other Mossberg rifles and shotguns and never had an issue with any of them. Likewise, Mossberg is a tradition in the U.S., has a tremendous history and offers a warranty they stand behind.
Many shooters will tell you if you want to get effectively to 1000 yards, you should be shooting the 6.5 Creedmoor. Then there will be a whole bunch of opinions telling them how wrong and idiotic they are. If Mossberg offered that as an option I may have purchased that model, but for the few times a year I will actually go to a range that is over 600 yards, I decided the 7.62 would be perfect for my needs. I will not be concocting a special hand-load to maximize anything, no I will be purchasing whatever is available, off the shelf on my way to the range. This time it was Winchester Super X 150 Grain Power-Point and PPU Bullet Thunder 170 Grain. Range report will be a different article.
Some specs about the Mossberg MVP LC:
- The patented MVP bolt design compatible with standard AR magazines (AR15, LR308/SR25)
- Features the MDT LSS light chassis aluminum stock
- Milspec Magpul CTR Adjustable LOP Stock with A-frame profile to reduce snagging for height adjustment
- Offered with either a 16.25” (5.56mm NATO) or 18.5” (7.62mm NATO) threaded barrel with thread cap included
- Silencer Co Saker Trifecta muzzlebrake
- Patented LBA adjustable trigger system
- Oversized bolt handle
- Picatinny rail
- Caldwell adjustable bipod
- Optional Vortex Viper HS-T 4x zoom and MRAD reticle (Rings included)
I opted to get the model without the Vortex Viper included. The rifle alone has a MSRP of $1365.00 vs. $1995.00 with the Vortex. Street prices are between $1000- $1450. Like I mentioned above, I was able to find the best deal I could at the time and let’s just say I did alright.
The rifle alone is fine, but without a scope, I would have had better luck running at what I wanted to hit and swinging the rifle at it. I was able to save a few extra bucks and I purchased the Primary Arms 4–14x44 FFP ACSS HUD and paired it with a set of Warne rings.
Some specs about the Primary Arms scope:
So overall, not a bad setup for someone looking to play around in the distance shooting realm without breaking the bank.
One of the things that can’t be overlooked on the MVP-LC is the LBA trigger. It can be adjusted from 3–7 lbs. I set mine to 3.5lbs. It is crisp, breaks incredibly clean and delivers exactly when you expect it to. Mossberg has really developed a great trigger system.
My General Review:
The build of the Mossberg MVP LC is outstanding. Fit and finish are perfect. My rifle with the scope and a full magazine weighs in at 11.4 lbs. which is pretty light considering some of the traditional stock rifles will hit closer to 14–15lbs. The barrel is heavy and floats completely free from the MDT LSS chassis. The MDT is a distinguished feature to have. It provides the high-end look of competition rifles in the wallet friendly package. I really like the fact that you can use standard Magpul magazines. I did swap out the Magpul MOE grip for an ERGO Tac Deluxe because it has a fatter swell on both side of the grip and offers me better control. The standard AR stock tube and Magpul buttstock are fine, although I might swap the buttstock out in the future for something with a little more adjustment like the LUTH AR.
As I mentioned above, the trigger system is ideal. I didn’t need to adjust it much. It breaks exactly when you think it will therefore you aren’t as prone to jerking the trigger. Recoil is slight even though the MVP LC is a lighter rifle. That is unless you’re a reporter for the New York Daily News. If that is the case, this rifle will put you straight into a coma. But enough about that little girl.
Pairing the MVP LC with the Primary Arms scope was a perfect combination once you take the 15 minutes needed to understand the ACSS HUD reticle. Primary Arms has several videos to teach you how to read and adjust your shooting style to most effectively use their scope.
The Caldwell bipod preforms adequately. Not more to be said about that.
One very nice feature is the Silencer Co Saker Trifecta muzzlebreak. You can quickly and easily match it with the Silencer Co Saker suppressor to save your ears and not piss off hunters or neighbors.
The MVP LC isn’t exactly what I would call comfortable to shoot while standing up. This is where the light weight of the chassis is very noticeable. For me, it didn’t have enough heft to really ever just sit there. The actual shape of the chassis probably lends to this as well. You can’t really get a great purchase on it.
However, shooting at a table or prone, or even standing while the rifle is resting on the bipod feet proves very stable and reliable.
Overall, accuracy is exceptional. I shot at 300 yards and after dialing in the Primary Arms ACSS HUD, I was satisfied with 2″ groups. If I had spent more time dialing in the scope I may have done better. When I have a chance to go to a longer range I will definitely be doing that. I would like to get to a 1000 yard range to see what, if anything I could do. I’m guessing my game runs out around 700 or 800 yards though.
The Mossberg MVP LC is an phenomenal rifle. For the budget conscious shooter, looking to get into the longer ranges, have a great looking rifle and not break the bank, this should be at the top of your list. If, as the forum shooters say about the 6.5 Creedmoor being a far superior distance round is true, I would love to see Mossberg offer that as an option or even a 300 Win Mag. For the shooter like me who is looking for an extra rifle to go to the range and shoot just to improve accuracy at distance, again you should be considering this as the option to take a very, very long look at.