The Mossberg ATR is Mossberg’s first venture into the low-priced centerfire market and has been around for a few years now. The rifle is intentionally as plain as it gets. The only thing that sets it apart from the rest of its budget bolt action contemporaries is the fact that, like the Mossberg 4×4, it can be had with a wood stock.
We suspect that more traditionally-minded buyers may prefer the ATR to the 4X4 because the furniture on it is not nearly so strange. This rig is meant to be for novice hunters who just want to give the sport a try before investing in high-priced equipment, and for a price increase of about $90 Mossberg will sell this rifle with a scope already mounted up.
In our ratings the ATR doesn’t come out best in class in any area, but it’s pretty close in ergonomics, recoil, safety and fit/finish. With an MSRP of $355 close enough is probably good enough.