“Muddy Girl” Mossberg .243 Review
Over the past decade, there has been an incredible influx in the number of women hunters taking to the woods. Especially as you see more and more families spending quality time together on the hunt. Thankfully, my wife is one of those women! She has been shooting for many years, and has done a lot of small game and fowl hunting…but it was time for her to purchase her own hunting rifle this year. In my household we don’t buy anything, especially firearms, without conducting a fair amount of research. We had it narrowed down to the Savage Axis IIXP or the Mossberg ATR Super Bantam .243. At the end of the day, we chose to go with what we know best: Mossberg! Throughout the many years I have been shooting various Mossberg firearms, I have never been let down by their products. In my opinion, Mossberg is the best choice when considering price and functionality. Join us as we review and reveal how well this rifle performed for my wife this past whitetail season, and how quickly she got comfortable with this reliable firearm.
The Mossberg ATR Super Bantam Bolt Action Rifle .243 Win comes equipped with a 20″ Fluted and Free Floating Barrel, an Adjustable Length Stock, a 3-9×40 Scope in Matte Blue, and holds 5 rounds. You have the option of black composite or “Muddy Girl” camo in the Mossberg Bantam version. (I would have loved to see her pick the black so my boys could use it, but her heart was set on “Muddy Girl”.) Let’s discuss the scope a little. We have all seen numerous specials that come with a really good quality rifle, but the scope may be less than desirable. In this case, we really didn’t give the scope a chance. I had just purchased a new Nikon Buckmaster for my Mossy, so I thought that my old Bushnell would fit perfectly on her new rifle. It did…and we sighted in the rifle with 5 rounds at 100yrds. I knew the gun was sighted in as I was able to shoot some nice groups at the range as well. My wife literally shot the gun 10 times at the range that one visit before we headed to west Texas for her first deer hunt.
The first two days of the hunt were rough…we didn’t see a thing move, but knew there was plenty of game around due to the tracks and rubs everywhere. On the third, and final, morning of the hunt two hogs came in hot and heavy right before daybreak. I ended up taking the shots on those due to the logistics of how it all went down. She was sure nothing else would show after that…how wrong she was. Not long after the hogs went down, a beautiful spike came out of the woods at 200yds. Daylight had just broke, and I knew if she could stay calm, & place her cross-hairs on that deer, it was game time. After playing ring around the rosy with her in the stand, she finally got settled in as the deer stood perfectly broadside. A perfect shot, through the tree branches, at 186yds. and that deer dropped dead in its tracks where it stood. The Hornady Whitetail 100gr. flying out of her Mossberg muzzle at 2800+ fps did the trick without question. It was a morning neither one of us will ever forget!
Overall this is the perfect rifle for youth, women or small-framed hunters due to it’s light weight, adjustable stock, and minimal recoil. If you just are looking for an accurate, reliable and compact scouting rifle, you can’t go wrong with the Mossberg ATR Super Bantam .243. The 2 stage lightning bolt trigger (which is adjustable), breaks crisp and clean, and was set at the perfect weight right out of the box. The manual contains full, and simple, instructions on how to change the weight of the trigger with just an easy turn of the screwdriver should you wish to do so. The Mossberg Bantam also comes in a 7mm-08 caliber. Purchasing this gun, further ensured my trust and love for the Mossberg brand.