Mossberg Action Strong And Safe

Mossberg Model 100 Patriot
Mossberg Model 100 Patriot

Q: I believe the Mossberg Patriot rifle is being chambered for the 33 Nosler. I am interested in purchasing one of these rifles for sambar and water buffaloes on a trip to the Top End I have planned for next year. I am worried about the strength of the Mossberg action as I’ve been told the 33 Nosler generates 65,000 psi. Do you think I am worrying unnecessarily?
Ronald Denham

A: The Mossberg Patriot is based on the Model 100 ATR action, the tubular receiver is machined from bar stock and has a washer-type recoil lug and washer like the Savage 110. The bolt locks up as securely as a bank vault via two large locking lugs, and the right lug houses a sliding extractor. The bolt body is has six spiral flutes and a plunger-style ejecctor is housed in the left side of the bolt face. A prominent gas shield protruding on the left side of the bolt protects the shooter in the event of a ruptured case. In all the rifles I’ve tested the bolt was very smooth and a two-position safety just behind the bolt handle operated very positively, but doesn’t lock the bolt. The rifle features a free-floated, button-rifled barrel with a recessed crown. The one-piece polycarbonate magazine feeds as smooth a silk. I haven’t tested a Mossberg in 33 Nosler and have no specs, but I can assure you that the action is plenty strong enough to handle it. Hornady and Nosler brass is also very strong.

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The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.