|Mossberg Patriot .25-06|
|Capacity||5 + 1|
|Length of Pull||13.75″|
|Barrel Finish||Matte Blued|
I started to research this bullet and figure out why it has been so popular for almost 50 years. So here is the down and dirty of this round: it’s based on the parent cartridge of a .30-06 that has been necked down to accept a .25 caliber bullet. With velocities of a 117gr bullet traveling at 3200 feet per second, it makes for a great varmint and medium-size game round. It has been popular among hunters for years in the plain states and been used lately for hog hunting. This bullet is being praised for it’s flat shooting and less felt recoil compared to the .30-06.
After mounting and bore sighting the optic to the Mossberg, it felt really good with the comb and weight of the rifle. I went out to the range and tested out this rifle and I have to say, it shoots like a dream! I have never been really interested in the “non-common” ammunition rifles, but this rifle is great. .25-06 ammunition is coming in around $20-$30 for a box of 20. I was really surprised of the price of the .25-06 ammo. Most “non-common” ammunition is mostly coming in around $30-$40 for a box of 20. I really liked the fact that I was able to find Hornady 117gr spiral core bullets on sale for $19.29 and Hornady 117gr SST hunting rounds for $27.49.
So at the end of the day, I have been really impressed with this rifle and this round. I have always been skeptical about the Mossberg Rifles. I know how the shotguns operate, but this is my first encounter with their line of rifles. If you are in the market for a great round that will do well for small game and medium-size game, then check out the .25-06. Also, if you are wanting a classic looking rifle and don’t have a lot of money laying around, then check out the Mossberg Patriot and see if it’s right for you.
As always, ya’ll be good and be safe!