Mossberg 715 Tactical 22LR – Test Number Two


In this test group, I attempted to load 25 rounds of Norma Tac-22 Long Rifle in the Clip. I could only load 24 rounds as the pressure placed on the rounds in the clip were showing signs of denting the brass at 24 rounds.

It took a short 2 minutes to load the first 10 rounds and 10 minutes to load the remaining 14 rounds. Honestly, the remaining 14 rounds were a pain in the you-know-what to load. If you need more than 10 rounds loaded immediately then your target will be waiting.

Next was to shoot the 24 rounds without a jam. This it did very well and grouped very well at 25 yards too. The outside temp was about 20 degrees F, wind 5 10 mph and sunny and the scope was a Nikon ProStaff 3×9 . The time between shots was about 2 seconds or so. The group was near an inch to 1.5 inches given the repeat 2 second fire I liked that group very much.

Group 1 Norma Tac-22 – 24 rounds at 25 yds. 3-5 sec/shot


Group 1A with Norma Tac-22 at 50 yards


Group 2 at 50 yards (scope adjusted)



All in all the Mossberg 715 T shoots as a semi-auto very well for its very low cost of under 300 dollars and shoots as fast as you can pull the trigger. It does take time to fully load the magazine as a drawback.

Slow fire at 50 yards w Norma Tac-22


In upcoming tests we will shoot 75 and 100 yards.

This Tactical looking semi-auto has passed my test for expected accuracy and reliability with the Norma Tac-22 Ammo at 25 and 50 yards. I don’t know what true muzzle velocities are for this so a later test will determine that for brands tested. The fact that this rifle is capable of shooting high velocity rounds make this a great varmint rifle out to 100 yards and a great AR practice rifle with low cost ammo. I was able to purchase the Norma ammo at less than 6 bucks for 50 rounds.© 2014


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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.