Picked up my M38 Mosin Nagant


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crazed_ss
October 1, 2006, 09:54 PM
I dont know why I'm so stoked.. Maybe cause I paid for it 10 days ago and have been anxiously waiting..lol
Only cost 74 bucks at Big 5 Sporting goods..

It seems to be in great shape. This is a really nice rifle. The bolt action feels nice and smooth. Completely satisfied with this purchase. I am suprised at how light it is. It feels to be roughly the weight of a M-16. I cant wait to shoot it. I hear the recoil on these things is punishing

Some Pics. It came with the Sling and stuff.

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possum
October 1, 2006, 10:01 PM
I really like the m38 model and was thinking about picking one up to do some hog hunting with in georgia, i think that would be plenty for the poor things! it would make a really nice brush gun , and great for those close in 50-100yd hogs.

Zeke Menuar
October 1, 2006, 10:07 PM
Satisfaction, M38 style!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/ZekeMenuar1/cid_X.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/ZekeMenuar1/2.jpg

ZM

rangerruck
October 2, 2006, 12:35 AM
here is the best part, take it apart, and put a small toothed washer, big enough to get around the lever bolt, then put back together. you will cut the pull length and weight in half!

zedheadmc
October 2, 2006, 01:01 AM
Is that a rifle or a flame thrower:what: :D :D
It looks like it is in nice condition. Have fun with it.

railroader
October 2, 2006, 01:07 AM
I picked up my $74 Big 5 special on thursday. The metal on mine is really nice but the stock had 3 repairs. I shot it today and I even got one group of about 1" at 50 yards with czech surplus ammo:D . Mark

40mmHEDP
October 2, 2006, 01:26 AM
Has anybody else been using the 10% off coupons they have been posting on the online version of the weeks specials? They are good on the firearms. my $74 M38 was discounted to $66 and just today I used one of the printed coupons to get an aditional 10% off on a Yugo 24/47.

This weeks coupon! (http://big5sportinggoods.shoplocal.com/big5/default.aspx?action=detail&flashbrowse=y&storeid=2503878&rapid=318865&pagenumber=1&listingid=-2094371075&ref=%2fbig5%2fdefault.aspx%3faction%3dbrowsepageflash%26storeid%3d2503878%26pagenumber%3d1%26rapid%3d318865%26prvid%3dBig5-061001)

TheArchDuke
October 2, 2006, 02:58 AM
The original post is the exact same story that I was about to post yesterday. Same city too. Did you go to the one by parkway plaza?

Kymasabe
October 2, 2006, 08:53 AM
rangerruck.....what? Take what apart, the bolt? A little more detail please :confused:

akashooter
October 2, 2006, 10:48 AM
thats a nice stock, most of them are really beat up. does it have matching serial numbers?

peterduif
October 2, 2006, 11:29 AM
rangerruck, could you specify that with an image ?

rra_casper
October 2, 2006, 03:27 PM
Friend of mine got the Big 5 special, too...just too cool to pass up for the price. Only shot it a little bit because the only ammo we could get ahold of was Winchester SPs at $17/box. That said, it kicks like a mule and is crazy good fun.

FTF
October 2, 2006, 11:35 PM
I got mine just two weeks ago from AimSurplus for like 80 bucks or so. All matching numbers and the bore is bright. Looks very similar to the OP's. Probabably hasn't been shot much since after about 40 rounds it's got much smoother.

Lots of recoil.

Big flame and concussive wave erupts from the front end.

Pretty accurate, my shots were within 1.5" at the piddly 25yd indoor range where I test fired. All were high. My shoulder not to mention my entire body are kind of beat up already and I was flinching waiting for that recoil. I was doing better as my shoulder became numb.

Definitely fun. A few people came by to see just what was rattling the windows. Enjoy it.

crazed_ss
October 3, 2006, 12:51 AM
The original post is the exact same story that I was about to post yesterday. Same city too. Did you go to the one by parkway plaza?


I went to the Big 5 on College Ave and El Cajon.

thats a nice stock, most of them are really beat up. does it have matching serial numbers?

Yea.. the serials #'s on the barrel, receiver, buttstock, and buttplate all match :)
I got some ammo for it at Turners in San Diego (Kearny Mesa). They have "Olympic" brand ammo for 6 bucks (box of 20rds).

railroader
October 3, 2006, 01:20 AM
Here's mine. It's been stripped, stained and had 3 coats of tung oil. Mark

moisan_38_1.jpg (http://storeandserve.com/download/459019/moisan_38_1.jpg.html)

rangerruck
October 3, 2006, 03:55 AM
def go get a butler creek, med size slip on pad, your shoulder will thank you.

Limeyfellow
October 3, 2006, 04:53 AM
The M38 and M44 Mosins are the perfect carbines for shooting in the night. Awesome fireballs. The No5 Lee Enfield is up there too. You can't go wrong with them for coolness factor once the sun is down.

Tropical Z
October 3, 2006, 12:38 PM
OK Zeke,what ammo were you using in those flamethrower shots? :eek:

Gord
October 3, 2006, 02:26 PM
Nice M38! Once you shoot it, you'll have Mosin fever. :)

Check out surplusrifle.com, mosinnagant.net and 7.62x54R.net for info on your gun - it's got a lot of history imbued in it and you'll find yourself checking out each and every cartouche and stamping to see what it means.

You might also try disassembling the bolt and cleaning it (just drop the parts into a solvent bath for a while) since it looks from the pictures like you still have some cosmoline/oil in there (slight brown sheen). Reassemble, lightly lube and you're good to go. Better to get the frustration of "how the hell does this thing go back together" out of the way sooner rather than later anyhow. ;) Once you've done it once or twice it'll be a snap.

Congratulations, take some range pictures for us!

Hoppy590
October 3, 2006, 02:40 PM
congrats on the m38. im waiting for my 91/30 to come in on friday, i paid a bit more though. but that seems to be the MA way :mad:

DeftwillP
October 3, 2006, 11:58 PM
I too would like some specifics from Rangerruck.

happybrew
October 4, 2006, 02:17 AM
I have an M38 that I picked up at Big 5. It will bruise your shoulder. Get a recoil pad. It helps. A lot. After sixty rounds, even with a recoil pad I still have a little bruising, but not really any acute pain. Just the next day. The picture Railroader posted looks like the one I got.

For general target and plinking, I picked up some cheap surplus rounds from sportsmansguide.com, however the commie rounds have a cheap steel casing which expands a bit much and can be difficult to extract. I ended up having to get a new bolt head with extractor, as my extractor broke. Winchester soft points, while significantly more expensive, haven't presented me with difficult extractions. But even having to replace the bolt head off of Ebay, the surplus rounds cost less than new production Winchesters. I went ahead and just got a whole new bolt, so I have spare parts if the spring gets worn or my firing pin breaks, or what-have-you. The Winchester soft points I save for hunting.

You can pick up enough surplus rounds in a spam can to last a lifetime of shooting at a reasonable price. With the recoil it has, unless you have some sort of psychological need for pain :scrutiny: you won't be shooting it like a .22.

happybrew

Mike_in_OC
October 4, 2006, 02:22 AM
Nice M38, nice color on the wood. The Mosins coming out of Big 5 have been pretty good latley. I picked up a M44; all matching #s, headspace was dead on, clean bore.

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