Ruger vs Mossberg

Discussion in 'Guns/Reloading' started by Festus, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. Festus

    Festus New Member

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    I live in Ohio and am getting a 450. I'm on a budget so I'm between the Ruger predator and the Mossberg Patriot. I've read a lot that suggests that the only real difference is the price. Anyone have any first hand knowledge of these guns or anything more than, "oh well I read this..." Thanks
     
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    When I was looking at those models (different caliber) they seemed pretty comparable. I asked for help as well and neither seemed to be clearly better or more liked than the other. I do recall that I "think" the Mossy has an available wood stock (at a price) and the Ruger does not. If that matters to you. I bought a Howa instead (I liked their rubberized stock). Put both in your hands and see which one you like best. Not sure either will let you down...but you may find some "minor" thing you like about one over the other. If you're on a budget are you looking at retail stores, on-line, both??? I found that many retail stores can't beat the on-line prices....as long as you have a dealer willing to work with you as you will need a dealers FFL in order for the gun to ship. Just as a point of comparison I bought my Howa 1500 Game Keeper (blued rifle in 308 w/ Nikko Stirling scope 3.5-10 x 44 and rings) for $460 from Grab-a-gun on-line and a $20 FFL charge from my local dealer. I had it home for under $500.
     
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    Thanks I appreciate the feedback. That's about what I figured. I haven't got my hands on the Mossberg yet. Hopefully U can find one local. Thanks again.
     
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    What I did was went to a large gun show. It was just as easy for me as going to a large retailer that would have a wide enough selection (Bass-pro, Cabela's). Either way - just go someplace with a large selection....many "local" places may struggle in that aspect. With a large selection you should at least be able to find the models you are looking for....maybe not the caliber you're looking for, they may be used, but at least the models, so you can see how they fit and function to base your final decision on. This helps you build confidence in your selection.
     
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    The differences from what I see is that the patriot can come in a walnut stock. that will lesson some recoil. if you are looking at synthetic... then the Ruger can come in camo if you want. But the biggest difference is the barrel length. Ruger is only at about 16.12" or 16.5" in barrel length depending on the one you go with. The patriot comes in a 20" barrel. The extra length with allow more muzzle velocity. That would allow for a little longer distance shooting and your foot pounds of energy wouldn't drop as much down range with a longer barrel. So if you are looking real long distance then the longer barrel may be a bit better. It would probably all depend on the application you are looking at.
     

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