Low prices on the Mossberg MVP Predator 18.5" Fluted Threaded Laminate .223/5.56 start at Champion Firearms-
Mossberg's New Bolt Action Chambered for 5.56 NATO. Mossberg came up with an idea to make a .223 bolt gun that uses AR-15 mags. Let's face it, not everyone wants to shoot a semi- automatic rifle and AR-15's aren’t cheap. If you find an AR-15 with comporable accuracy to the MVP Predator, expect to spend double (or more) the price of the bolt action Mossberg.
There are reasons why no other manufacturer uses an AR-15 magazine in a bolt-action rifle. Even though the entire principle sounds simple, there are mechanical hurdles to overcome. For one thing, a side catch holds the magazine in place when inserted in an AR-15’s lower receiver. Mossberg engineered a polymer bedding block that has an integral magazine well to get around this problem. A lever located at its front serves as the magazine release. It works well and is reliable, but like most bolt guns, it is virtually flush with the bottom of the Predator's floor plate. In addition, the tab under the bolt is called the patent-pending Mossberg "Drop-Push-Bolt". When pushed forward, a hinged portion of the bolt face dives slightly into the magazine to scoop out the next round.
The Mossberg MVP Predator has a laminate stock, which has the advantage of mostly being uneffected by humidity that can effect a solid wood stock, moving point of impact considerably as the wood swells and contracts with the weather. The stock is a free float design, which means that the laminate wood does not touch the barrel forward of the action at all. This increases accuracy because when the barrel touches the stock, it can send harmonic disturbances through the barrel during firing that can throw off accuracy. Texturing on the fore-end ensures a positive grip in inclement weather.