Contrary to what many anti-gunners seem to believe, firearms can and are used for purposes other than killing people (Shocking, I know). In fact, the use of firearms for sporting purposes like hunting and target shooting is far more common than it’s use against people.
So, with that in mind, it makes sense that a major manufacturer like Mossberg is introducing new models for the sports market including new versions of their Patriot Predator model which are chambered in 6.5 PRC specifically for distance shooting. Our friends over at Shooting Illustrated give us some of the details:
Mossberg has two new suppressor- and optics-ready bolt-action rifles in the company’s Patriot Predator, both chambered in 6.5 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge), a new cartridge specifically created for long-range shooting. These newest models are designed to take advantage of the extended-range performance of the 6.5 PRC round. Inherently accurate with its exceptional ballistics to beyond 1,000 yards and offering a balance of velocity and manageable recoil combined with a flat trajectory, the 6.5 PRC delivers long-range performance in short-action, bolt-action rifles like the compact Patriot Predator rifle.
The Patriot Predator rifle features Mossberg’s twin-lug, push-feed machined-steel action and feed from a lightweight polymer, flush four-round box magazine. The standard-contour, free-floating, 24-inch barrel features a 1:8-inch twist rate, straight-edge fluting and is threaded (5/8-24 TPI) for the addition of a suppressor, along with a protective cap for everyday use. The barrel is built from carbon steel and features a matte blue or Patriot Brown Cerakote finish.
Every Patriot rifle also features Mossberg’s patented LBA (Lightning Bolt Action) trigger, which is easily adjustable by the user from 2 to 7 pounds of pull to help provide consistent shot placement. A top-mounted Picatinny rail allows for easy of mounting and repositioning of optics. An oversized bolt handle; spiral-fluted bolt and sling-swivel studs complete the performance-based features of this rifle.
The classically-styled stock on the Patriot Predator rifle is well-designed for comfort and reduced felt recoil with its straight comb, rounded edges and raised cheekpiece. The textured stippling on the grip and three surface areas of the fore-end give the stock a modern feel, and your choice of FDE or TrueTimber Strata camo-finished stocks provide for greater versatility through the seasons and in varied terrain. A polymer block insert with integral magazine well provides a simple yet effective bedding platform. The stock also has a traditional black rubber recoil pad.
So, if you’re looking for more distance shooting options, then this Mossberg model may be of interest to you.
And target shooting is a great way to get even your anti-gun friends to experience the thrill of shooting for the first time to open their minds to the many positive aspects of gun ownership and usage.