O.F. Mossberg and Sons, or simply Mossberg for short, is perhaps best known for their line of shotguns. The Mossberg 500 pump action shotgun, and shotguns derived from the 500, have reliably served hunters and the military since the 1960's. However Mossberg is more than just shotguns and in recent years has moved aggressively into the bolt action centerfire rifle market. For this review we will be taking a look at the 4x4 bolt-action rifle.
The Mossberg 4x4 is offered in a variety of configurations, from basic synthetic stocks to traditional walnut stocks, to sculpted gray laminated wood stocks. The 4x4 also comes in scoped combo guns as well as those without a scope. The 4x4 is offered in a variety of cartridges such as 22-250 Rem, 243 Winchester, 7mm-08 Rem, 308 Win, 25-06 Rem, 270 Win, 30-06 Springfield, 7mm Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag, and 338 Win Mag. Some of the most recent 4x4 variations are also offered in the new Winchester Short Magnums such as 270 WSM, 7mm WSM, and 300 WSM.
Mossberg 4x4 Bolt Action Rifle with Lightning Bolt Action Adjustable Trigger System
Our review model is Mossberg model number #27573 which is a black synthetic stock with a Marinecote finish. While each model will vary based on the stock and finish, all 4x4 models have some common features. Perhaps the most noticeable feature is what Mossberg calls the Lightning Bolt Action (LBA) trigger system. Our review trigger broke cleanly with little creep or overtravel, a nice bonus for an entry level rifle. The LBA trigger can also be user adjusted from 2 - 7 lbs. of pull. However to adjust the trigger requires removing the stock and adjusting the set screw on the front of the bolt.
Close up of the LBA trigger.
Close up of trigger and making adjustments to the set screw.
Most all models of the 4x4 also include a detachable box magazine which can be removed from the rifle. The magazine itself is plastic and the housing a retaining clip is also plastic. While plastic is not often the most durable material, the addition of a box magazine is a useful feature for those that like to completely unload their rifle while packing or riding into a hunting location.
The 4x4 has a smooth feedramp into the chamber.
All Mossberg 4x4's also feature a free floating, button rifled fluted barrel, capped with a removable muzzlebrake. The fluting helps to make the rifle a bit lighter and can help with heat reduction during rapid fire practice sessions at the shooting range. The muzzlebrake is a nice addition as well for those that are recoil adverse. The muzzlebrake by definition makes the muzzle blast much louder (and more prone to damage hearing) however the reduction in felt recoil is significant. For those that are not interested in a muzzlebrake, Mossberg thoughtfully includes a thread saver that can be used in place of the muzzlebrake. Simply unscrew the muzzlebrake and screw on the thread saver to reduce muzzle blast. It's worth noting that you should check a muzzlebrake from time to make sure that it is securely threaded onto the barrel. Our review model was a little loose out of the box, but was easily tightened.
The included muzzlebrake is threaded on and can be removed and an included thread saver installed.
Finally all 4x4 models come with installed weaver bases. While weaver bases are not terribly expensive, receiving the bases with the gun helps to cut down on the overall cost of obtaining a new rifle.
All 4x4 models include a set of installed weaver bases.
Our review model came with the Marinecote finish that gives the gun a satin stainless steel like finish. However the coating is intended to help with reducing corrosion in wet weather. Our review model had an even, clean finish with no mars or imperfections.
The black synthetic stock that came on our review model is nothing to write home about. Its basic, light, functional, and hollow sounding when knocked. Mossberg did take the time to texture out the pistol grip and forearm; however it's still just hard plastic and is a bit slippery when wet. Unfortunately the sling swivel studs are also plastic and part of the overall mold of the stock. Plastic studs tend to rip out under heavy use or misuse and may be worth it to simply drill out the plastic stud and screw in a metal stud. On the up side the recoil pad is soft and helps to soak up recoil. While the synthetic stock is plain, the wood models, particularly the laminated versions tend have a more substantial stock with metal sling swivel studs.
The hard plastic stock is textured around the pistol grip and forearm.
The plastic sling swivel stud is molded into the stock.
Currently the street price on a Mossberg 4x4 varies based on the particular configuration; with our review model tending to sell in the $379-$429 range. However all models tend to sell at around $500 or less with Marinecote models commanding a slight $20-$30 premium.
Overall the Mossberg 4x4 brings a lot of features to the table for a relatively low price. While the stock is uninspiring, the other included bonuses such as the included muzzlebrake, the crisp LBA trigger, and detachable box magazine definitely make the 4x4 worth considering in the sub-$450 price range. Most other competing offerings on the market have about the same price tag but only offer a few of the upgrades that come standard on the Mossberg 4x4.
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