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Mossberg 151M-B?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by coosbaycreep, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep Well-Known Member


    I didn't know mossberg had made mannlicher style guns till last year when I seen a bolt action one at a garage sale, so when I got the chance to buy this scruffy, ugly thing at an auction recently, I jumped on it.

    I've put about 400 rounds through it so far, and with Federal ammo, I only had a few jams (it doesn't like remington though), but it did double fire a few times. Any ideas on what could cause that?

    This gun has the funkiest sights of any gun I own. It has a peep in the very rear, another peep kinda sight where the rear sights on normal guns go, and then the front sight has little posts (and one with a hole in it) that fold up or down. I can't see the front sights through the very rear peep because the middle sight is blocking the view. So, how are you suppose to use the sights on this thing? I ended up just putting a scope on it, but the scope is crap, and so I'm probably going to pull it off.

    Looking at numrich, there doesn't seem to be many parts for these. Are these guns durable enough that I shouldn't have to worry about something breaking that I can't replace? Or is it alright to shoot it as much as I want?

    The few I've seen on gunbroker recently are usually missing the sights, or have a cracked stock. Is this common problems with these guns?

    I haven't shot anything far away with it yet, but it seems to be pretty accurate, even with a warm barrel. How do these compare to ruger 10/22s as far as reliability and accuracy goes?

    Does anyone here know how many of these were made, and why mossberg quit making them?

    Other than CZ and some of the mannlicher 10/22s, is there any other affordable mannlicher style .22s out there?

  2. bernie

    bernie Well-Known Member

    My grandfather had one. It had a tendency to "double" when it got dirty. His was a great rifle and I wish I had it today.
  3. paducahrider

    paducahrider Well-Known Member

    mannlicher 22s?

    Nobody made more mannlicher stocked 22s than Mossberg. Militaries trained shooters with them from the thirties through the fifties, and different organizations used them in target shooting competitions.
    There were dozens of models and variants in single shot, clip fed and tube feed configurations.
    Do a web search for Mossberg rifles or firearms and you'll find sites who specialize in Mossberg who can give you dates of manufacure, quantities and disassembly/troubleshooting info.
    The sights are common target sights with removable apertures for different targets/distances/conditions.
    Those sights are not made for hunting usage.
    So far as why they quit making them mannlichers: I wouldn't be too sure they have quit, since they were still offering mannlicher stocked 22s relatively recently.
    Some had a cinfiguration with the forward-most portion of the stoch to fold down, and be used as a "monopod", of sorts.
    Thanks for your time.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2010
  4. double bogey

    double bogey Well-Known Member

    Bought this 151K foday. If it shoots I think i will like it.

  5. Kentucky_Rifleman

    Kentucky_Rifleman Well-Known Member

    I don't know what kind of wizardry Mossberg used on their barrels, but I've had a dozen or so old Mossy .22s and they were all extremely accurate. I still have my Dad's .22 Mag "Chuckster" with the aforementioned "monopod" (I think it's actually a flip-down vertical fore grip). It's a tack-driver too. They were just amazing rifles. Keep it clean and feed it ammo it likes, and it'll be working away when we're all dead and gone.

  6. easy

    easy Well-Known Member

    I like your sling mounts!
  7. paducahrider

    paducahrider Well-Known Member

    Barrel Wizardry!!

    To Kentucky Rifleman:
    I have also noted that the Mossberg 22s I have owned seemed to have nice barrels.
    One reason could be that, in at least some instances, they used a process called "lead lapping", in which a tight fitting lead slug was coated with a fine abrasive and pushed-pulled back and forth through the rifling. This smoothed out high spots, evened out the diameter and left a highly polished surface which deformed the bullet less, as it traveled through the bore. The polished surface also left fewer places for corrosion to take hold, leading to increased barrel life.
    This simple process was labor intensive, and few, if any manufacturers, presently use it.
    I tried it on an old surplus Mauser Model 93 7X57mm carbine, just to see if it would improve the accuracy, even though I knew I would be increasing the bore size.
    The result was a much smoother bore and a noticable improvement in accuracy, although, since it was pretty far gone to begin with, was never to be a tack driver.
    I was happy with the result, since I only had $24.95 in the rifle(those were the days), and little to lose.
    Mossberg built some simple designs which have held up well, under the test of time, due to to their attention to a few small details.
    Thanks for your time.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2010
  8. jwel

    jwel Member

    JUst saw your post. Have a 151M-b that my dad owned. It's missing the middle sight. The gun hadn't been used since sometime in the 40s
  9. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    There has been several Model 151's in our family since the 1950's and they all performed very well. Clean and oil yours and the double tap will likely go away. The cause is the disconnector hangin up or worn.

    Ebay is a good source for sights for these guns.

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