Mossberg Model 464
Lever Action .22
Mossberg introduced their M464 as an affordable yet well-made update of the Winchester Model 94 lever-action .30-30. The new, scaled-down .22 rimfire version seems to be equally well made.
Mossberg says the barreled action is exceptionally accurate for a lever rifle, and the .22 version is designed to accommodate a rimfire scope with a 3/8-inch dovetail mounting rail machined into the receiver top (the .30-30 comes drilled and tapped for scope bases). The rear sight flips down to make room for the scope’s bell, and angle ejection throws spent cases out to the side away from the scope.
I installed a Leupold VX-1 2-7x28mm rimfire scope on our .22 test rifle and then settled in at the bench to shoot 50-yard targets with four different cartridges, ranging in power from mild Eley target loads up through Remington Hi-Speed Thunderbolts to CCI Mini-Mags that leave the muzzle at 1,260 feet a second.
The rifle shot all well but showed a marked preference for the faster loads, putting both the all-lead Thunderbolts and copper-plated Mini-Mag hollow points in groups that measured less than 1 inch. Being a lever action, the trigger was a little stiff at close to 5 pounds. However, it broke cleanly with little if any creep.
Next, I removed the scope to see how the compact, lightweight rifle handled. It shouldered effortlessly, and the wide V rear sight and hooded front blade sight lined up on-target the moment the butt stock met my cheek. The lever action was smooth and easy to work, and I had no trouble keeping the sights on target for rapid, repeat shots.
The tang safety is positioned on top behind the hammer, handy for right- or left-handers, and the trigger won’t release until the trigger hand holds the lever snug against the straight-grip stock.
The button rifled 18-inch barrel features a recessed crown. Tube magazine holds 13 rounds plus one in the chamber. Overall length 36 inches, weight 5-1/2 pounds. Limited 2-year warranty. Suggested retail $468. Found on discount website for $369 plus shipping. Contact: O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., Dept. FFG, 7 Grasso Ave., North Haven, CT 06473; (203) 230-5300; www.mossberg.com
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