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  • MadScotsMan
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    You sure can't beat them for the price, that's for sure. And I have a boatload of stripper clips, so reloads are pretty darned quick for an old geezer. Going hunting with it this year. I do, however, want to find a solid scout scope mount for it. Will update progress on that.

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  • hford
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    This is great timing on this thread! My husband and I just purchased one. It's the Russian surplus kind, cheap (though the ammo is not) and was one of those well why not purchases. It's in good shape, and the rifling looks great. I loved seeing the feedback! We have no great hopes for this one, but I loved it for some reason. It's only a few inches shorter than me though, lol. Looking forward to shooting it. We found ammo from Dunham's at a reasonable price-not the spam can (although we're going to get some of that) but the kind in the brass casings.

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  • RICHFL
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    My frst gun was a 91/30 took a week to clean it up with all the stuff on it, even gas could not get all of it clean. But you are right. Throw it in the mud pick it up and you can shot it. Cleaning is pretty easy. You can even run a ram 250pick up truck over one and it will still shoot. (Did that on accident)

    The only problems is the ammo - you should clean it every time you come back from the range and when shooting it the blast will start a fire if you are not careful. I do have rules that are common sense and you should adopt them for your self in some form.

    Rule #1 Every weapons is loaded unless I clear it personally.
    Rule #2, Always look over all your ammo before you load/shot any weapon.
    Rule #3 When moving off the firing line even for one minute clear and lock your bolt to the rear.
    Rule #4 When the all clear is done, be sure all shooters are off line, before anyone (ANYONE) goes down range!!!!
    Rule #5 Pick all the brass. Someone will want it to reload even if you do not.

    I got my local gun club to adopt these rules and since then business has gone up and no one has been hurt is over 5 years.

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  • Seadog1090
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    The particular model of Mosin-Nagant matters little - condition is much more important. I am leery of ordering them online, as I like to inspect before buying. I learned much since getting my first one about ten years back - a Finn M39 that is a beauty..... but it's got a badly pitted bore. Shoots patterns. I call her "the Prom Queen with Bad Teeth"! However, she does do much better with the 204 grain SP loads - likes her bon-bons on the heavy side!
    Most of my Mosins tend to like the Heavy Ball over the Light Ball. So I am handloading a 180 grain Sierra Spitzer .311 that does pretty well too.
    Nice thing is, the Mosins are generally inexpensive enough to be able to have several.

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  • Westbound
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    Can't go wrong for the price! I have a 1943 91/30. It's fairly accurate and reliable as can be. I've shot several types of ammo through it including the Winchester and Prvi Partisan brass cased stuff. It seems to prefer the Russian spam can over everything. Some of that ammo is corrosive, but its not a problem if you run some windex down the bore after you're done for the day. These are military surplus, so you don't have to worry about a knock-off.

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  • wildman 92
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    "At 100 yards, off-hand, I was consistantly hitting a 2 liter soda bottle"

    Thats not too bad for an old service rifle. I used to have an old, Lee-Enfield No4 MK1, that shot 6-7 MOA groups at 100 yds. And that was after I free floated the barrel! So needless to say, I've been a little leery of getting another mil-surp rifle. But I'm definitely going to look into getting one of these.

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  • MadScotsMan
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    I have had an M44 and currently have an M38 and, as I said, they are both surprisingly accurate. I use the M38 as my "brush gun." Around here you rarely, if ever, get a shot over 150-200 yards. At 100 yards, off-hand, I was consistantly hitting a 2 liter soda bottle (I picked up its carcass when I was done). That's good enough for me. I know I can hit a target (two-legged or four) in the boiler room at a fair distance, it is utterly reliable, and packs a pretty good wallop. In my mind, dollar for dollar, you can't beat them. I purchased mine with lots of ammo for $100. You can't beat that.

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  • countryboy6685
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    I have 2 of these one is the short one and one is th long one and I love to long one best . Good guns .
    Robert W

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  • PalmettoNative
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    i picked up a carbine never issued for $100 about three years ago. Without adjustments it hit ten inch plates at 130+ yards with 174gr Brown Bear. The heavier 203gr hit just below the target though. Next trip to the range i may have time to shoot paper to gauge its real potential.

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  • johnboy
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    just bought my first mosin at a gun show. absolutely love it.

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  • David M.
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    I've had a few of them as well. The carbines have a pretty good recoil as well, just ask my shoulder after a day of shooting...My current Mosin is a New England Westinghouse, it's like carrying a 12ft extention ladder in the woods, but it is very accurate. Most Mosins shoot real high at a 100 with iron sights. You'll need to fix that issue if you get one. There's plenty of info on how to do it cheap.

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  • MadScotsMan
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    I have an M38 and I love it. I just cleaned it all up, cleaned/smoothed out the action a little and it shoots like a dream. It is now my designated "deer getter" and it functions flawlessly, no matter what crap ammo I run through it, and is surprisingly accurate even with my old eyeballs. Keep it clean and practice and you'll have a good, servicable rifle for life. And I re-emphasize others when I say clean it thoroughly after shooting spam can ammo. I prefer the M38 over others simply because it is a lot handier, that is not to say there is any thing wrong with the M44 or the 91/30s. If I had any complaints about the M38 it would be in low light, the muzzle flash is quite spectacular!

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  • cbprice797
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    I have two, a '39 and a '44. Love to shoot them both. My '44 has iron ladder sights that go to 1000meters. I am in the process of turning my '39 into a cheap sniper rifle. I replaced the barrel with a newer one with much better rifling. Replaced the iron sights with a 3-10x44mm BSA scope. Put a muzzle brake on the new barrel, does miracles with barrel rise. Purchased but haven't installed a folding bi-pod that is 6"to 18" high.

    I got the scope on a closeout special for 30.99 (regular 189), barrel for 70, muzzle brake for 5, and bipod for 15 used from a buddy. So for 120 bucks, which is 70 more than I paid for the weapon, I got a pretty decent long range gun. I can consistently hit a 6"x6" target out to 250 yards now. Can't wait to go visit my uncle in September and go out to his 500 yard range that he has set up in the old cow pasture.

    As for the canned ammo, both ball and AP, it is good ammo. You just need to clean your weapon after shooting since it is corrosive. I put about 100 rounds a month through my Mosins each month, due to cheap ammo, and ALWAYS clean them afterwards.
    Last edited by cbprice797; 08-08-2011, 07:34 PM.

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  • collector rob
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    7.62x54r(dot)net/MosinID/MosinHumor.htm

    Replace the (dot) with a .

    Very funny read on the AK vs. M16 vs. Mosin.
    Buy a Mosin, best bang for the buck Literally.
    Don't worry about the Century name. They are the importer, not the maker of Mosins with their name on them.

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  • Iron mike
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    I have owned a few through the years they are a good reliable weapon fun to shoot i mostly end up giving one away to some one who is new to shooting and likes shooting it. the gun is a good first gun to learn shooting on iron sights are very good and @ 100 yrds can be relied on to be fairly accurate.

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