Mossberg 715T Tactical .22 Rimfire

By Bob Robb

On an early June ground squirrel/coyote hunt in eastern Oregon, I had a chance to test one of the coolest rifles I have shot in a long time—the Mossberg 715T Tactical .22 rimfire. Like many gunmakers, Mossberg is trying to cash in on the AR craze sweeping the country.

The original 715T was introduced in 2010, featuring a carry handle and an MSRP under $300. The rifle was so popular that in 2012, a Flat Top version was introduced, which is what I got to try in Oregon. The difference between the two is that the early model has an AR-15-style fully adjustable rear sight mount/carry handle molded into the polymer outer and a Pyramid-style adjustable front sight. The Flat Top version has a Picatinny rail along with removable/adjustable front and rear sights, and looks more like the M4. In fact, it duplicates the look and feel of today’s AR-platform center-fire carbines.

The Flat Top version features a 16 ¼-inch, button-rifled barrel and a quad-rail fore-end, which allows the addition of lights, lasers and other common AR-type accessories. It also has an A2-style flash hider. The version I shot also featured a six-position adjustable stock from ATI, making it quick and easy to fit shooters of all body types with little fuss. The gun comes with either a 10- or 25-shot magazine, depending on state and local laws. We had the 25-shot magazine, though 20 rounds that was about all I could get into it. The magazine has been designed with a large polymer lower housing that mates well with the rifle, while the slimmer steel upper portion slides quickly and easily into the receiver where it securely latches.

Operationally, I found this little rifle could take some abuse. We ran hundreds of rounds through it without a jam amid minimal barrel cleaning. The bolt locks open when the magazine has been run dry, a feature I like a lot, but the bolt catch is operated manually. This means that to drop an empty magazine the shooter must release the pressure of the bolt against the follower while operating the magazine release lever simultaneously. It takes getting used to, but is no biggie.

Accuracy was pretty good. Of course we were helped by topping the rifle with a superb Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 scope. Winchester Varmint HE ammunition, featuring a 37-grain bullet, seemed to be something this particular rifle liked, as it shot sub-1-inch clusters at 50 yards all day long.

MSRP on this rifle ranges from $344 to $408, depending on the configuration. The version I shot in Oregon has an MSRP of $353.

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39 Responses to Mossberg 715T Tactical .22 Rimfire

Jimmy Dee wrote:
August 26, 2014

Son bought one a year or so ago. Jamming nightmare. Would be a nice plummet if it didn't jam up. Seems like Mossberg lost it quality control.

Larry wrote:
July 24, 2014

I here some guys can hold a 1' pattern at 50 yards. I heard putting an o ring around the barrel where the 2 halves screw together by the front sight helps keep the forearm from moving and that drastically helps the accuracy. Anyone here of this or have this work for them? I do agree that it just might not be strong enough to hold a scope consistent

robert wrote:
July 24, 2014

To my frustration I found that my laser and scope sights will not stay calibrated as the rails twist/flex. too cheap

Larry wrote:
July 21, 2014

Had a question for anyone that had problems sighting in the 715t. I only put about 50 rounds through it so far but with a good scope mounted on top of it can only get 6' groups at 50 yards. A little disappointed and I was hoping there was a simple fix. Anyone have any suggestions?

John D wrote:
April 20, 2014

I think the Mossberg stinks. The one I bought shot a full 3 degrees low an left. too far off to even adjust for with adjustable sites it came with. Total junk.

Donald wrote:
April 12, 2014

Picked one of these rifles up for around $300 at a local gun store. I have put about 600 rounds through it without a hiccup. Fun gun to shoot. Mounted a center point scope and bipod and have nothing but fun out of it. I don't understand some people not being able to adjust their stock or magazine problems? I have not had an issue. This is not a $600 gun. It is what it is. It's an economical way to have fun. Even if I had issues, I could deal with them for $300 vs $600.

Robert wrote:
April 04, 2014

Great little rifle. I have put around 2500 rounds thru my carry handle with no problem after the first 200 rouands. Well worth what I paid

josh solomon wrote:
April 01, 2014

The stock is adjustable they just put a pin in it. under that pin there is a spring. i drilled a hole in the side of the stock in line with that pin and found out that there is a spring and took a little pry tool and pryed the pin up from where i driiled the hole and adjusted it...also drilled a hole in the pin that u have to pry up and put a key chain through it so i can just pull it when ever i want to adjust it.

vern wrote:
January 04, 2014

Bought the rifle new. Mag is a little hard to load with 25 rounds but is getting better. Had to lower front sight to get enought adjustment out of rear sight. The rifle shoots great. I went through basic with an m16. This rifle uses the same type iron sights. Over all fun rifle to shoot that will not cost an arm and leg.

Steve Smith wrote:
November 16, 2013

I bought this gun for my 9 year old daughter, she loves the gun, but is having problems with the mag feeding properly. It jams about every 5-10 rounds. Mag is easy to load until you get to about 15 rounds in it. Sights are troublesome, can't see through the peep sight, getting ready to put a red dot on it, hopefully that'll take care of the accuracy problem. Getting ready to buy another one for my step son

jay wrote:
September 16, 2013

I bought the 715t flat top. Just took it out today. I put a 4-16 center point on it. I got three squirrels two of them were head shots at about 30 yards. I love it. Felt like I couldn't miss

Jim wrote:
August 11, 2013

I got this gun thinking it would be fun but as I load it I notice the that once you get the 3rd bullet loaded the first is jamming. Mossberg wants you to send the entire gun back for a magazine that is jamming. That's a bunch of bull fix the mags make it right. Bad name for first time mossberg owner here

Jay wrote:
August 04, 2013

For yall havin issues with the front sight adjustment try using a spent casing works well for me on the military m4s or the tip of a pocket knife blade also does well just be careful not to twist the blade too much.

ben wrote:
July 30, 2013

orlando m they do have a polymer block that attaches to the bottom of the 10 round mag and makes it look exactly like the 25 round look on ebay or you'll find one for around $20

Freddy wrote:
June 19, 2013

I just purchased the Mossberg 715t and I have had so much fun shooting it. I highly recommend this gun for fun shooting and its intimidating look!

Orlando m. wrote:
June 14, 2013

Iam waiting on getting my mossberg 715t this weekend. Since i live in california we can only have 10 magazine clip i think mossberg should make some kind of housing to go with it, just looks to plain ...

Gunboy wrote:
February 28, 2013

Can anyone tell me how to adjust the stock its driving me nutts

Charles & Sons wrote:
February 27, 2013

Bought this to shoot with my tow boys and get then envolved in the hobby of shooting. I would dearly love to follow some of the good advice posted on here about modifying the 25 round clips to function better. Only problem is finding any for sale to purchase... Come on Mossberg, let's get some of these out on the market for sale. I will not be held up for $100+ for a $30 mag...

Steve R wrote:
February 25, 2013

I got the flat top adjustable stock. the 25 round clip does suck.. Mossberg should fix that but it is the edges inside the clip. I had a hard time loading more than 10-11 then bent the rounds. take the sucker apart and everywhere that red slider meets the lower part of the clip taper or round off those edges. where the clip changes from the metal to plastic there are square edges. do this and grease er up. then bang away no problems since.

RWT wrote:
February 23, 2013

Bought this on line and so far, it sucks. Cannot load more than 10 or 11 shells without the mag hanging up. It jams about every 3rd shot. i will try to polish the ram and follower this week and see if it does any better, but so far ready to dump this darn thing and get a true AR 15 .223. Plus the so called "adjustable stock" will not adjust.

john from KY wrote:
January 23, 2013

justin g if same sights as mine on front you got to push a pin down and then you can turn up or down. they make a tool for this but i used 2 small small flat head screw drivers. had to almost bottom mine out. maybe this will help you. i love my 715t and the 702 just need the 25rd mags.

Justin G wrote:
January 17, 2013

I bought this gun a couple months ago! It came with no iron sights! I bought a 30 dollar tac sight at wal-mart, and its dead accurate! Went to my arms dealer and he said iron sights for this gun could be bought! He ordered them and i put them on! Took it out to shoot it and the sights would not sight in and still wont! Moved the front sight all the way to the back, just shy of the front of the back sight! After that tge gun sighted in! Mossberg should look at and fix the problem! Other than that i have ran over 4,000 rounds through it and have had only one hang up on my CCI varmant rounds! Great gun!!!!!

schriscoe wrote:
January 17, 2013

Does anyone know if you can change out the fixed ATI stock piece for the adjustable. I noted the 2 screws that appear to be holding the tube in place near the receiver. I just purchased one, it is fixed stock and if I keep it want the nice ATI adjustable stock.

magnumbiker wrote:
January 08, 2013

I just purchased one today. It kept getting hung up inside the clip unless I was shooting cci high velocity hollow point. Saw the comment about sanding down the sharp edges. Gonna try that

Tre wrote:
January 01, 2013

I purchased this gun, me and my brother went out and shot a couple hundred round through it with a couple of jams, we do a lot of coyote Hunting up in the north east kingdom, great coyote gun

715t owner wrote:
December 31, 2012

I love mine.starting to have trouble shooting remington bulk shaves part of the bullet off when loading.

montainman wrote:
December 26, 2012

I bought this gun and shot 5 clipes and it started jaming every clip. So I cleaned it and hoped that would fix the problem but no luck. Also the iron sights would not adjust high enought to sight it in. So I mailed it back to eagel pass and Iam still waiting to get it back.

badgerschmo wrote:
December 15, 2012

Easy boys, the scope just sees...the rifle does the shooting.

Ron Snick wrote:
December 13, 2012

Can you tell me were I can buy extra 25 round clips?

justin wrote:
December 13, 2012

Anyone try this gun with the Winchester varmiter ammo on coyotes

Doug wrote:
December 05, 2012

i dont think that this is a accurate test of accuracy, look at the price of the gun 340-400, and then look at the scope 6-700....should have used iron sights. just my opinion...

FN 49 wrote:
November 30, 2012

Why would someone put a Swarovski scope on a $250 rifle?

James Marlow wrote:
November 12, 2012

My mag release switch screw stripped. I want a metal one but don't know where to get one

Mike Rife wrote:
November 03, 2012

To Phil Levesque, Thanks for the tip. I did just what you had done to my sons this morning...Works like a charm 25 rounds in! Glad to finally find a fix for this, was ready to trade it off for something else. He loves this gun now.

Phil Levesque wrote:
October 26, 2012

I have briefly shot the Mossberg 715T. I could not load more than 11 rounds in the “25” round clip. I shot up 11 rounds twice with no jams, but with 1 dead round. I took the mag apart because I knew the follower was hanging up at the transition at the base of the steel part of the clip. I slightly rounded the leading edges of the follower with 220 grit sandpaper, reassembled it and loaded 24 rounds with the provided loader. This is an obvious oversight in design that needs to be modified. The rifle otherwise works great.

mls wrote:
October 05, 2012

my husband just bought me this gun. it was his get well soon gift to me, although at the moment he is just torturing me. i broke my arm so i cant shoot it right now, but i cant wait. this will help me become more accurate so that i will be more accurate with my .308.

Trigger wrote:
September 30, 2012

Just bought this gun!!! Amazing! Shot close to 1000 rounds already in 3 days. Gret gun, jammed twice only because of ammo failiers. Amazing and light with lots of accessory options and room!

Robert wrote:
September 25, 2012

I purchased this as a training tool for my wife and friends who are not familiar with firearms. This is an inexpensive option for training to become familiar with tactical style weapons

Ed Springen wrote:
September 07, 2012

I picked up my 715T in Idaho. Mounted a scope and red dot. Great gun for my seven year old and me. We average 400 rounds per session and the twenty-five mag loads easy. I highly recommend this .22 rifle for Dad's and their Sons to spend time with.