Mossberg was showing its new value-priced Maverick bolt-action rifles at the 2010 SHOT Show. The Maverick rifles will be available in long and short actions, starting with .270 and .30-06, and .243 and .308 respectively.
The Maverick rifles have black synthetic stocks, and can be had with the adjustable length of pull system. The rifles come standard with Weaver-type mounts for easy installation of a scope.
The Mavericks will have a standard trigger, not the adjustable “Lightening Bolt Action” system that Mossberg is putting on many of its rifles and shotguns. While the LBA trigger is definitely a nicer trigger, there is nothing wrong with the standard trigger provided out of the box from Mossberg.
The rifle offers a significant value in the hunting market. Many new hunters need a gun that they can learn with, but at a bargain price, which these carry. (More on that in a second.) The Maverick rifles come in the most common hunting calibers, which means finding ammo should be easy and the rails allow for the easy installation of a scope. The adjustable length of pull also allows for better fit to small statured shooters.
The new Mossberg Maverick bolt-action hunting rifles will carry a retail price of “about $250” according to the company rep I spoke with at the show. I would not be surprised to see these sell for even less at some of the big box stores.
Update – The Mossberg Maverick rifles are now on the market. Reports are coming in that they are capable performers. I have not shot one, but I have handled on at the local shop. My impression was that the rifle was balanced pretty good and the trigger seemed fine. The bolt was a little stiff, as compared to some more expensive guns also on the shelf, but that it wasn’t bad. I may wind up with one of these in the near future as a secondary hunting rifle.
The best part is that the gun was listed at $199. I’ve seen some people find this gun for a mere $179 on sale.