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  1. #1
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    Mar 2012

    Mossberg ATR rifles any good ?

    hey guys,

    got a mate that's strapped for cash and looking at cheaper rifles on the market and i've seen a mossberg atr on trade me, are they any good ? been looking out for a savage axis as i heard there not bad cheap wee rifle but what else is worth looking out for ? also how about those Remington 788 ? i really want him to buy a howa.... just pay a little more i say! any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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    Member 300_BLK's Avatar
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    Aug 2014
    Central North Island
    Not bad. Stocks are horrible but they are free floated and seem to shoot well enough to put meat on the table.

    I would recommend an old 303 or save up and buy once cry once.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2012
    I recently got a stainless Howa in 308 from a local gunshop for $500 scoped for a mate. It was used but in nice condition, was cheap because the shop thought someone had painted the laminated stock but actually it was factory, just an unusual variant. Also got a Remy 700 308 scoped for my boy from a different local shop, $400, it was an ADL (cheapest) model and looked a bit rough, but it tidied up well and shoots great. Moral of those stories, there are bargains out there if you are not real fussy about calibre, and are prepared to keep an eye open and haggle gently. Get in good with someone like Wayne Chapman at Upper Hutt, he seems to have a few modestly priced rifles most of the time

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    Numzane Spudattack's Avatar
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    Aug 2012
    Weatherby vanguard (rebadged howa) 7mm-08 on tm at the moment for 450.
    He can do a lot better for less money second hand than the two budget options he is looking at.

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    Member Ryan_Songhurst's Avatar
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    Sep 2015
    South Island
    Sorry for the thread hi-jack, but im interested in picking up one of these ATR's in 308, mainly just because I have never had a 308 and want to play around with some handloads etc. I bought one in 270 a few years back for a mate to use on one hunting trip, and sold it straight after as I couldn't justify keeping it and needed the money at the time.
    It shot well (inside an inch with factory ammo) and seemed like a pretty strong action, the rifle "felt" nicer and better built than a friends savage axis, as mentioned before the stock was crap, but that's easy enough to sort out with some stabiliser or an aftermarket one.
    What puts people off these rifles? was the one I had in 270 the exception rather than the norm in that it shot well? they don't seem to be very popular as a budget option and I cant really see why?

  6. #6
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    Sep 2014
    New Plymouth
    A friend has one in 270. Really bad trigger but shoots 1moa consistantly and isnt too fussy on ammo either. The plastic mag follower is horrid too.

  7. #7
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    Dec 2011
    I've got one in .308 - one of the early non adjustable trigger ones - throat is really really fussy - shoots factory loads fine, but gets upset on reloads and ex military brass. Broken 2 ejector claws as a result.
    That being said, I'm more than happy with its accuracy and after 20 deer more or less owes me nothing.


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    Bah, humbug ! Frogfeatures's Avatar
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    Nov 2013
    Auckland, until I can escape south....to the Mainland.
    I've one in 243
    Really good accuracy, and likes my handloads
    I've chopped mine to 20" and suppressed it with a DPT.
    If I miss, I know it's me, not the rifle, or ammo.
    He nui to ngaromanga, he iti to putanga.

    You depart with mighty boasts, but you come back having done little.
    Sounds like a typical hunting trip !

  9. #9
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    Jun 2014
    I have a Mossberg ATR Stainless in .270 and it shoots really well. 1 inch at 100m is easy. I had to stabilize the stock but now it shoots really well. It is my go to gun when hunting in the wet. Found it shoots 150gr ammo well.



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