I have been in need of a new deer rifle, so I recently traded for a bolt action Mossberg .30-06. The rifle that I acquired is one of a family of Mossberg rifles known as 4 x 4’s. They come with either a long-bolt or short-bolt action depending on the cartridge length. Mine, being chambered for .30-06, is a long-bolt. The 4 x 4’s are available with a variety of different stocks including synthetic, wood, and laminated wood. Mine is a plain Jane with the black synthetic stock.
The barrel is free floating and fluted to reduce weight and help dissipate heat faster, although I don’t anticipate firing enough rounds fast enough to overheat the barrel. Not at a dollar-and-a-half a round, anyway.
The barrel also has a nice threaded muzzle brake to help reduce recoil.
My 4 x 4 has a 4 round box magazine, which is a feature that I prefer over the tube feed magazine. Replacement mags are available for around $20.00, but I figure that anything I can’t hit with five shots is going to be long gone anyway.
These rifles come equipped with weaver bases and can also be purchased as a package with the scope already mounted. Mine already had the scope when I traded for it. Mossberg has the retail price for this rifle listed as $534.00, but I have checked on the internet and found prices of around $450.00.
Now for my impressions about this rifle:
First the stock. As I said, I have the black synthetic stock. It is not pretty. If you are looking for skip checkered, burl walnut, this is not your gun. The stock feels fine, and it comes with a recoil pad which is nice because the .30-06 is not a gentle round, especially with a light stock.
Sling mounts are molded into the stock which looks kind of cheap, but they hold a sling just fine. All of this is fine as far as I am concerned because I hunt to eat, and neither I nor the deer are interested in style points.
The bolt on this rifle is very smooth, much smoother than on my son’s Remington 770. My rifle is used, but it has not been used much, so I am assuming that it comes out of the box with a pretty smooth action.
A small, push-down button located to the left rear of the bolt allows for bolt extraction, which makes it easy to examine and clean the bore.
The thumb lever safety is located just behind the bolt handle when the bolt is closed. The safety is crisp and firm so that you will know if it is engaged.
My 4 x 4 already had the scope mounted. It is not a high quality scope. The brand name is CP (never heard of it) and it is made in China. That being said, it seems to be a decent enough scope, only time and use will tell for sure.
One feature that I like about the scope is that it has attached, flip up lens covers. I have a hard time keeping up with the removable lens covers that are connected with an elastic string.
I fired a few rounds on the range to make sure that the scope was sighted in correctly. I had to adjust it just a little, probably due to my glasses which seem to make me group a little low and to the left of where other people shoot with the same weapon. Grouping was good and the bolt cycled smoothly.
Trigger pull was smooth and crisp; not to long or short.
The trigger pull is adjustable. If you want to adjust the trigger pull you will need to use a 5/32” Allen wrench to remove the two bolts that are located just to the front and rear of the magazine well. This allows you to lift the barrel and trigger assembly clear of the stock.
The trigger pull adjustment screw is located on the front of the trigger assembly.
The trigger pull felt fine to me, so I left it where it was.
I added a padded sling and an adjustable bi-pod to my rifle and I am good to go.
I am happy with this rifle. It is no work of art, but it is a good, solid, functional firearm. It will put meat in the freezer.