Mossberg this week announced new Patriot series bolt-action rifles chambered for the increasingly popular 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge and .350 Legend.
When it comes to 6.5 PRC, two new rifles in the Patriot Predator line for those looking to extend their range. The spicy new round– described as the “big brother” to the 6.5 Creedmoor— was introduced by Hornady in 2018 to scratch a new itch for those wanting to push out beyond 1,000 yards and has seen numerous gun makers move to produce rifles to accommodate it.
Mossberg’s Patriot Predator 6.5 PRCs both sport a 24-inch fluted and threaded barrel that, when coupled with a synthetic stock, keeps the 44.25-inch rifles at about 7-pounds. Shipping standard with a Picatinny scope base/rail, they have a 4+1 round magazine capacity. The difference between the two models is in the finish, with one available with a matte blue barrel and FDE stock while the other option has a Patriot Brown Cerakote finish on the metal surfaces and a True Timber Strata pattern stock.
MSRP is $441 for the more basic FDE model, while the Patriot/True Timber finished variant retails for $524.
All Patriot series rifles include such standard features as Mossberg’s LBA user-adjustable trigger with a 2- to 7-pound range of adjustment, a spiral-fluted bolt with a checkered bolt handle and sling swivel studs.
350 Legend Models
Deer hunters in “straight-wall-cartridge-compliant” deer-hunting states will now have the option of going Mossberg when it comes to the new .350 Legend chambering. Introduced last year by Winchester to capitalize on the trend that has seen new rounds such as the .450 Bushmaster grow in popularity in the past few years, the cartridge maker contends the Legend offers a flatter trajectory and better terminal performance over their competitors while remaining compliant in most states.
Mossberg’s recently announced Legend-chambered bolt-action rifles include a Patriot Synthetic Super Bantam in both a standard and scoped combo package and a Patriot Synthetic that is also offered in a scoped package. All use a 22-inch fluted matte blue finished barrel with black synthetic furniture.
The Patriot Synthetic Super Bantam models use a variable length-of-pull stock that varies from 12 to 13-inches for better use by small-statured shooters, while the Patriot Synthetic series guns have what Mossberg calls a “classic-style” non-adjustable stock. On the scoped packages, the optic is a 3×9-40mm
MSRP ranges from $396 to $435 depending on model and package.