For the last four years hunters have had to suffer a bit. One reason was because of the current political climate which elevated the demand for tactical-type rifles. Consumer demand for these rifles has been high and, in turn, manufacturers responded with new tactical — not hunting — rifles. The other source of suffering was the economy. Jobs have been scarce and paychecks have gotten smaller. Manufacturers were a bit slow in responding to the need for quality, affordable deer rifles.
Mossberg and Remington have stepped up. Not only are they ready to help hunters with thin wallet looking for a new rifle, the two new rifles they are offering deliver high performance. By pulling a few strings I was able to get some range time with both of these new rifles well before the 2013 trade shows where they were officially introduced. You’re in luck — I’ve got the scoop.
Mossberg 7.62 MVP
Two years ago Mossberg (www.mossberg.com) got the attention of riflemen when they introduced their MVP rifle. It was the uniqueness of this rifle that garnered attention. For starters, it was sized just right to fit the .223 Remington cartridge. But most importantly, the MVP was designed to feed from AR-15 magazines. Considering the AR-15 has become the most popular rifle in the world and considering AR-15 magazines are easy to find and affordable [at the time this was written in 2012], this was nothing short of a great idea.