Mossberg 715 Tactical 22LR -Initial Test


Here is the Mossberg 715T fitted with a Nikon Prostaff 3×9 that I tested today. The rifle retails for around $300.00, I got mine new for much less. This was an initial test for High Velocity 22LR Ammo to see if the action can handle a heavy load and tested this ammo for accuracy at 25 yards. Five shots of each High Velocity Brand were shot in slow fire. Temperature was in the 20’s, Sunny, Wind 5 -10mph



Brand                                                 Group                  Est. Muz. Vel.

Norma TAC-22 LR (New) 40g             3/4    inch group       1100FPS

Remington High Vel.    40g                  1 3/4  inch group      1200FPS

CCI Velocitor (New) 40g HP                7/8   inch group         1400FPS+

CCI Mini-Mag    40g                              1 1/4 inch group        1200FPS+

CCI Stinger 36g                                    1    inch group           1600FPS

Winchester Target                               1 3/4 inch group         1000FPS –

Best Accuracy was obtained by Norma TAC-22 at 3/4 inch followed by CCI Velocitor with a 7/8 inch group.  More cycle tests are coming with 25 rounds loaded. The only thing that I had difficulty with initially was to load more than 10 rounds in the Clip, (25 in clip) it was difficult. Others reported the same issue. A second clip costs 34 dollars. Below is the ammo I tested with it. Some of the ammo has been on my shelf for years but this past summer I found it to be fine. I did have an older CCI Stinger today that fired but the powder only partially ignited and the bullet had to be pushed out of the barrel. During the summer I had no issues with this older ammo, perhaps the colder air affected the ignition? All in all, this high velocity ammo fed well and grouped well. More tests to come…© 2014


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About Ed Hale

I am an avid hunter with rifle and Bow and have been hunting for more than 50 years. I have taken big game such as whitetail deer, red deer, elk, Moose and African Plains game such as Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Blesbok, and Impala and wrote an ebook entitled African Safari -Rifle and Bow and Arrow on how to prepare for a first safari. Ed is a serious cartridge reloader and ballistics student. He has earned two degrees in science and has written hundreds of outdoor article on hunting with both bow and rifle.