It’s odd – the 6.5 Creedmoor craze has been going on for a couple of years at least, and it wasn’t until the past couple of weeks that I was able to shoot it. I shot a few different models so I got a full dose of 6.5 Creedmoor at my most recent range day. What a nice round – I see why it is so popular.

In this review I will discuss the Mossberg Patriot Combo with a walnut stock and a Vortex Scope.

Out of the box, this is a pretty rifle. I’m still a sucker for wood stocks and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s pretty for sure, but not so pretty you’ll be nervous about taking it afield. The barrel and bolt are both fluted. I like fluting – it has a “look cool” factor and a practical purpose. On a barrel it provides more surface area to aid cooling and rigidity, on a bolt it helps remove some weight. This is a really nice looking rifle.

The trigger on this rifle is very nice. Travel seems a little shorter than some other models I have shot, but it is ultra smooth and breaks nicely. Very well done for sure.

The Vortex scope is OK. Full disclosure, I was on Vortex’ Field Staff for a number of years and a tried and true Vortex guy. They still make a great product but compared to some other manufacturers this Crossfire scope was just “OK”. Still a good value when paired up as a package, but experienced shooters would likely look at upgrading, eventually.

The 6.5 Creedmoor is a delightful round to shoot. It is flat-shooting, great ballistics and has mild recoil. I think now that the industry has tinkered with hunting loads for a year or two, it is a great all-round hunting round, likely suitable for all but the largest big game.

As purchased, here are the specs on this rifle:


Caliber 6.5 CREEDMOOR
Capacity 5+1
Barrel Type Fluted
Barrel Length 22″
Sight/Base Weaver Style Bases
Scope Vortex Crossfire II – 3-9x40mm
Twist 1:8
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 13.75″
Barrel Finish Matte Blued
Stock Finish Walnut
Weight 8 lbs
Length 42.25″

The Patriot’s button-rifled fluted barrels are free-floated and have a recessed crown for maximum accuracy. At 22” in length, the barrels are long enough to achieve full-velocity from every caliber, yet short enough for quick handling in the densest woods. The Patriot’s attractive spiral fluted bolts feature an ergonomic bolt angle and knurled bolt handle offering plenty of grip providing for quick follow-up shots and enhanced shooter comfort. Its box-magazine-fed action makes loading and unloading a snap.

MSRP per the website is $707 but shopping around online you can find this combo for right around $500. You can find it for even less if you go with the composite stock.

This rifle shot MOA after we made sure the scope was zeroed. It shoulders nicely. Mechanically it operated well. Tolerances are what you would expect for rifles in this price range but I would say the finishes are of a higher quality than you might expect in t his price range. Mossberg did a nice job with this rifle. You can learn more and see all of the options here: Mossberg Patriot

All in all, for $500 bucks or so, you get a nice rifle and scope package that has a traditional look and feel, shooting a modern new cartridge. Of course they have lots of other calibers available also. With no upgrades, you are shooting MOA out of the box. Well done, Mossberg!