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Solvo Pium
December 3, 2009, 10:06 PM
Due to a new addition to the family, I am having to scale back on buying a few other rifles. Was wondering if anyone has any thoughts, good or bad for a .30-06 or any caliber for the Mossberg ATR? I haven't heard anything nightmarish like the Remington 710, or 770.

UtahHunting
December 3, 2009, 10:44 PM
We bought an ATR 100 .270 this year for my wife. It was $240 at Walmart. It is an excellent gun. Already killed a deer with it at 150~ yards. The shoots as good as any gun I have shot. People will tell you it doesn't cost enough to be a good gun, but I have never bought into that.

Pongo
December 3, 2009, 10:55 PM
I've heard and read there was a firing pin problem. It might be something to look into though the problem may well have been resolved by now.

I just googled this http://everythinghunting-sean.blogspot.com/2008/01/love-it-or-leave-it_22.html and there were more on this topic.

Solvo Pium
December 4, 2009, 12:03 AM
I won't be doing alot of shooting, some at the range to kill time and keep the skills up, maybe hunting once a year, didn't know if the cost of one of these outweighs the benefits. Meaning, I don't want to spend $1000.00 on a bolt action for 200-300 yard range when I won't shoot that much.

taylorce1
December 4, 2009, 06:58 AM
There was a law suit against Mossberg and their ATR rifle a couple of years ago. The bolt came out of one seriously injuring or killing the shooter. The bolt was put together in such a way that the bolt handle could possibly rotate down without engaging the lugs. I don't know if this problem was limited to one rifle that slipped through QC or if it was a design flaw at the time.

Here is what some other people have said about the Mossberg over at 24hr Campfire.

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/3288837/1

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Board=21&Number=2525183&Searchpage=1&Main=202356&Words=%2Bmossberg+%2Bbolt&topic=0&Search=true#Post2525183

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Board=21&Number=1895607

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.guns/browse_thread/thread/f626be868ed46bfd?hl=en#e01ed6255a2ddd18

Like I said I don't know if Mossberg has fixed this problem or not, but seeing pictures of that bolt in the first link has been enough to steer me away from their rifles.

However, there are other good choices out there as well to include the new Marlin XS7 and XL7 rifles and the Stevens 200. You should be able to find these rifles in your price range and chambering you want. I'm very happy with my Stevens rifle I got for less than $300.

Doyle
December 4, 2009, 08:16 AM
In your particular price range, both the Marlin and the Stevens are much better rifles.