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Mossberg 100 ATR...any good?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jwsturr, Dec 3, 2010.

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  1. jwsturr

    jwsturr Member

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    Looking to pick up a bolt action 270. I've read and watched a couple of reviews. Mossberg seems to be OK. I read that Mossberg's bolts fall apart?? True? I didn't want to spend too much, 300 or 400 dollars max with optics. It will be for deer/hogs.
     
  2. PT1911

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    I would opt for the Marlin offerings in a budget bolt gun... They are essentially a no frills Savage that have had very good reviews... In a recent right up, the author of the article took on in 30-06 and with 5 different types of ammo ranging from off the shelf hunting ammo to GMM he shot 5, 5 shot groups with each and showed very impressive results... I believe the worst group of all was still well under 2 inches with some around 3/4 inch.
     
  3. jmr40

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    I don't think there is anything WRONG with them. It is just that for about the same money there are much BETTER rifles. Marlin XL-7, Stevens 200, Weatherby Vanguard come to mind.

    There was a lawsuit over bolt handles breaking off and hitting shooters in the face. I don't know the exact reasons why, but Mossberg won that lawsuit.
     
  4. JDMorris

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    No. I will never buy a mossberg rifle. this is just my opinion. get a used 700 or Howa 1500
    They are too commercialized and ugly.
     
  5. Arkansas Paul

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    My dad has one in .30-06 and it's fine. It's accurate enough and functions reliable. It's not much to look at, but for the price, I don't feel there's anything wrong with it. If it was up to me, I'd probably go with the Marlin though, or a new Savage Edge. I've been thinking about that one too.
     
  6. natman

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    I agree. The Mossberg is about what you'd expect for the low price. The problem is that Marlin and Stevens are offering rifles that are better than you'd expect for about the same amount of money. I'd get one of them before I got a Mossberg.
     
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    The T/C Venture is another lower priced performer.
     
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    The ATR is still a good value but I agree since the intro of the Marlin for $300 the XL7 is a much better value.
     
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    Typically a bit more expensive, but certainly worth a look. IMO it has a more "substantial" feel than the others (except for perhaps the Howa 1500). Accuracy reports have been very good as well.
     
  10. Kachok

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    OK so I have owned almost every budget brand rifle out there today. Here is what you should expect, most budget rifles shoot good enough for hunting purposes, you won't win any bets with them (except maby the savage) but they will put a bullet through a deers boiler room at 200 yd if you do your part. Problem is that one day you will handle someones X-Bolt, T3 or Model 70 and you will realize what a cheap plastic toy you have. There is a huge difference in materials and build quality. I have fought rust with every budget rifle I have ever owned the steel is just not as good as my model 70, 700 CDL, or T3 which in my experence have never had a spot anywhere. Ergonomics tend to be better on the higher end rifles, X-Bolts and T3s have an exellent feel they are slim and relitivaly light, very easy to carry many miles. A good rifle does not really cost that much more when you consider everything involved. I paid only $408 for my T3 Stainless, $365 for my Remington CDL, and $320 for my Model 70 Super Shadow all new in the box. Keep you eyes open for a good deal on a good rifle you will NEVER regret it.
     
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    In your price range ($400 with optics) I would take a very hard look at the Marlin XL-7. I'd rather have the T/C Venture, but you won't get it for $400 with glass.
     
  12. PT1911

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    a friend and I were looking at NEW gun options and attempting to determine what the best yet least expensive setup would be and decided that an XL-7 topped with a Nikon prostaff (comes in right around 500 dollars OTD) just could not be beaten... Just something to think about...
     
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    About 4 years ago, I purchased a Mossberg 100 in .270 cal. It was my first centerfire rifle.

    At first, I couldn't get it to group or shoot accurately. After about 50-75 rounds, I found a load (yes, I handload) that will shoot into a 1" circle EVERY time. I do have to let it cool down to the ambient temperature between shots, but once it's there, I can count on it to deliver.

    I think that the fact that I was a new shooter had something with my initial trouble, but once I found that sweet spot, I can feel comfortable that my Mossberg will put a 130 gr. bullet right where I want it. I live in a shotgun only part of my state, so I haven't actually taken it into the field, but if I get the chance to hunt with a centerfire, I know which rifle I'll be taking. (Or do I want to take my 7.62x39 bolt action, or the Remington .308, or the 6.5x55?? Well, at least the Mossberg is in the running with the others!)
     
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    I have no experience with the Marlins or the Mossbergs but I have no reason to try them. The Savage rifles are incrdibely accurate and give me no reason to search for another rifle. I picked up a Savage Model 11 package deal in 308 (no accutrigger or stock) on clearance at Cabelas for $279. With Remington 150gr Core Lokts the thing shoots .60moa. Can't wait to start handloading for it.
     
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    I Agree with the rest Marlin or Savage, the ATR felt ruff while i was using it. Personally i think anything more expensive then your average Savage or...(insert 300-500 dollar gun here), is option rather then necessity. Sure if i could afford a whole safe full of Mark 5s or Coopers id probably have that, but your not gonna get much extra in performance over your average budget gun.
     
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    If I had to go with a budget gun again the XS7 or Savage 110/Edge are the only choices, much better then the ATR and the 770 IMHO. I still own one of my chepo savages and it still impresses everyone. That said they have the new ATR coming out with the new trigger and different rustproof coating on the steel.
     
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    Stopped today and handled a couple rifles today. No Marlins were available, but I liked the Savage edge. I held a T3, Howa, Weatherby, Ruger 77, and the Remy 700. I don't remember what model Howa and Weatherby, but they were very nice. Getting to close to the $600 mark with optics, though. Ruger was nice, but too much. Didn't like the Remington, and I'm a fan of theirs. The T3's action was very smooth, very nice rifle, price. And the only thing I don't like about the Steven's is the magazine. Off to another place tomorrow to see about a Marlin. I don't know if I'll be able to see a Mossberg. The couple shops around here don't have them in stock. Oh, and then I moved on to the AR's, shotguns, and then a rack of Mosins...I have a sickness...
     
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    I would opt for the Marlin XL7.

    My XL7 in .25-06 will shoot well under an inch 5 shot groups. Consistently. It will also shoot 3 in the same hole if I do my part. The Marlin costs less, and is a no thrills hunting rifle. I know you asked about the Mossberg, but IMO the Marlin XL7 beats it out for accuracy, and also the trigger is really nice on the Marlin.
    The Marlin will also accept Savage aftermarket barrels if you ever think of that.
     
  19. hometheaterman

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    You said this perfectly.

    IMO the best deal out there is the Savage Model 10 or 110 depending on the caliber Package deals they sell at Walmart. It's got the accu trigger, that's great, as well as a Simmons scope. The scope isn't the best, but it should get you by until you can afford something better. Best of all these are right at $400. $387 at the closest Walmart and $397 at the one up the road. This is a much better rifle in every way than the Savage Edge and it's not much more money.
     
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    the Howa/vanguard will be worth the extra money and they have superior fit and finish to most factory rifles.
     
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    I read a thread on putting a Savage barrel on a Marlin rifle, but I can't remember if it was on here or another site. It ended up being a lot more to it than just changing the barrels as was expected. I don't remember what he had to do, but I remember he did run into some unexpected issues and said it would have been a lot easier to start with a Savage action if using a Savage barrel.
     
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    the OP asked about the Mossy ATR-100.

    I had one in 30'06 that was a great shooter with a cool barrel (sub-MOA) for $310, glass included (a CenterPoint 3-9x40 w/ illuminated mildot reticle).
    What's not to love?
     
  24. hometheaterman

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    Which is why we told him that he'd get much more gun for his money if he bought one of the others suggested.
     
  25. Col. Plink

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    How do you define "much more gun for his money"? Did you read my post?
     
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