Mossberg 4X4 Rifle
With Factory Scope
Mossberg is now offering their 4X4 bolt-action rifle with a 3-9x40mm Mossberg scope factory installed and laser bore sighted. The company touts the 4X4 as a best-value big-game rifle, built and chambered for rounds from .25-06 Rem. up through .338 Win. Mag. The scope package is only offered in .270, .30-06 and .300 Win Mag. We ordered a .270 for our test shoot.
The scope was “on paper” at 50 yards. A three-shot group followed by scope adjustment and a final confirming shot had the rifle sighted in at 100 yards and ready to go.
Shooting from a bench rest, the rifle and scope put Federal Premium 150-grain Nosler Partition loads in 1-inch groups.
The adjustable Lightning Bolt Action™ trigger came set at just under 3 pounds pull weight, and it broke crisply with no noticeable creep.
The rifle handled well shooting off-hand, too. Felt recoil was more than manageable, and the smooth 4X4 bolt action cycled fast follow-up shots from a top-load drop-box magazine.
The free-floated 1-in-10-inch-twist button-rifled barrel ends in a recessed-crown ported muzzle brake. Barrel length 22 inches, with muzzle brake, 24 inches.
The distinctively styled skeletonized black synthetic stock features barrel-cooling forend vents; a Monte Carlo-style raised cheek piece; comfortably slim wrist grip; and a thick, soft, rubber butt pad.
Total weight for rifle and scope just under 8 pounds. Overall length 46 inches. Matte blue finish on metal; also offered with Mossberg Marinecoat™all-weather protective finish. Also offered with laminate-finish on skeletonized stock, solid walnut or gray laminate wood stocks. Suggested retail for rifle and scope $633. Found on a discount website for $430 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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