suggest a Finnish M39?


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spartacus2002
October 10, 2004, 03:34 PM
In terms of accuracy and quality, is there any great difference between the Sako, VKT, Sky, etc., rifles?

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benEzra
October 10, 2004, 03:48 PM
As far as I know, there's not really any accuracy difference; they're all really good, and they all had to meet the same accuracy specifications (something like 5 cm at 150 meters, if I recall correctly). Best group I've gotten from my VKT M39 so far is 1-3/8" at 100 yards, using Wolf 148-gr FMJ.

I think the Sk.Y's are the most expensive, but it's not because of accuracy, it's because they (1) are rather rare and (2) were issued to the Finnish Civil Guard, which I think was something of a civilian militia or national-guard-type organization rather than an actual military branch.

DMK
October 10, 2004, 08:59 PM
Supposedly, the so called "Sneak" or "No Maker" M39s from the late 60s and 70s were built with the most care. These were built without a fighting war going on and were intended to be used for marksmanship training. I bought a bargain priced 1970 in just good condition that shoots a little better than my unissued condition Belgian barreled and Sk. Y rifles, although it's not by a large margin.

Your best bet is to just buy the best possible condition that you can. If you can inspect hands on, even better. Check the throat, crown and rifling.

The Finns seemed to take great care in both building and maintaining their equipment when compared to other players in WWII. They were fanatics about rifle accuracy. I'd say the M39s and the Swiss K-31s are generally the most accurate surplus rifles you could buy from the period.

BamBam-31
October 11, 2004, 12:49 AM
Ditto DMK. He pretty much nailed it. I'd take a look at the "B" barrels, too. My buddy's got one, and the blueing on the barrel's turned a very pleasant plum hue. Pretty accurate and just plain pretty.

cwalker3
October 11, 2004, 03:56 PM
Just get the best condition that you can afford, regardless of the type. You won't be disappointed with any of them. I have a VKT, "B", Sako, and a "Sneak". They're all great shooters.

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