Mossberg Patriot Predator
Mossberg Patriot Predator’s synthetic stock is a perfect choice for UK weather, for stalking or foxing, and whilst some might think .308Win is a little over gunned for foxing, it is perfect for opportune foxes whilst stalking and for when the wind would shuttle a lighter bullet around too much.
The moulded stock has a length of pull at 14” which is perfect for myself and most other shooters. The soft, grippy rubber butt pad offers all the grip, hold and recoil reduction you need, on pressing the butt pad you will feel some solid ridges within the pad spaced out with softer squishy sections, almost like a sealed ventilated pad, and the fit is pretty good to the end of the stock.
The overall finish of the stock is slightly textured, offering good grip and a matt finish. The shooter’s grip is further enhanced by the pistol grip and forend textured panels, bordered with a single chequer line – the interior of these panels are a stippled type texture, so the grip is very secure.
The pistol grip is swept back, but still presents the trigger finger comfortably to the trigger; this is housed and protected by the integrally moulded trigger guard. Front and rear sling swivels allow a bipod to be mounted up front, making for a neat and simple stock design.
The moulding shows some lines from the various joins within the mould body, and a few seams are visible and high enough to be felt by hand. Inside the trigger guard a slightly larger ‘nib’ is present, but is well out of the way. I only mention it in passing, and unless you are ruled by a compulsive desire to smooth minor manufacturing marks, it will go unnoticed.