Yugo M24/47 Mauser OR Mosin M91/30?


November 6, 2009, 02:41 AM
Ok, so I am in the market for a new mil-surp, and am torn between a Yugo M24/47 or a Mosin M91/30. The ones I am specifically looking at are similarly priced. The M24/47's handguard is cracked (but according to the seller, has been glued together and does not affect functionality), whereas the stock on the Mosin is gorgeous. The M24/47's bore is shiny/new, while the Mosin has been counterbored. No word from either seller regarding accuracy, as I don't think they've shot them yet. As far as I can tell, the cost of ammo is similar for the two rifles. I, personally, have no experience with either (in fact, my only point of comparison is a K31 - my only milsurp).

From my research thus far, it seems the M24/47 may be "smoother" in its operation, while nothing I've read about Mosins seems to indicate that it will be anything other than "rough." How are the triggers on the respective rifles? Accuracy? Overall fun?

I am under the impression that the sights on the M24/47 are decent at best. What about the sights on the Mosin - any good? I believe that I can mount a scope on the Mosin fairly easily, whereas the Mauser will be more difficult due to the straight bolt handle.

So, which one should I get?

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November 6, 2009, 03:26 AM
The mauser will be the better built gun. It will be smoother to operate and will fatigue you less in extended shooting sessions. The mauser sights are more precise, which can be troublesome with bad eyes, but they will allow for better accuracy at longer ranges.

Having said all of the above, I rather like the mosins. They are fun to collect and are very durable. They are not beautiful, but they will function after being run over by a T36. The front sight is a large post, so it will be easier to see, though less precise. Also, the mosin will have more history attached to it.

In the end, if the guns are in similar condition, get the one that strikes your fancy. They both are good guns.

November 6, 2009, 03:36 AM
I vote for the Mauser.

These are great Mausers, for your consideration...


November 6, 2009, 03:40 AM
well, I am a mauser guy but I vote mosin. Ammo for them is less likely to dry up so fast and they are probably gonna be about equal in accuracy and I rather like my mosins trigger and rough action. I call it character. The last mosin I got was a 42 ishevsk and gets about 2 to 3 inches with surplus. my mauser gets about 2" with yugo surplus.

November 6, 2009, 10:54 AM
Yeah, I'm a Mauser guy myself, and that's a very solid piece. The Moisin just isn't in the same class as far as something you'd want to bet your life on and carry all the time, but the question is what you plan to do with it.

The Mauser will be more costly to feed. The 7.62 x 54mm rimmed ammo is available in huge supply for way less than 8mm Mauser ammo. I'd buy the Mauser if I were going to hunt with it, but if all you want to do is play with it at the range, the Moisin isn't a bad idea.

November 6, 2009, 11:40 AM
Definately the Mauser. You just have to look at the action for a moment or two before the thought elegant pops into it.

Col. Plink
November 6, 2009, 12:11 PM
+1 on the VZ24, best open sights ever. Can't vouch for the ones off AIMsurplus necessarily, but knowing what they are for the price (in good condition) you will feel well-rewarded (a solid weapon, a proven design improved, for a price that would otherwise bring you a modern piece of crap).

November 6, 2009, 12:39 PM
Also consider the length. M24/47 is about 43 inches long, and M91/30 is about 48 inches long.

November 6, 2009, 12:54 PM
Well, the rifle is mainly going to be a range gun, so accuracy definitely is important to me. I am fairly certain that, in time, I'll probably end up getting both. At the moment, I am leaning towards the M24/47, and may looking into getting a Finn M39 as my first Mosin. Whatever I decide, I'll keep you guys posted. Thanks for all the advice.

November 6, 2009, 01:50 PM
I had both and the mosin got traded away. The mauser was just better gun all the way around. The only edge the MN had was slightly cheaper ammo.

November 6, 2009, 03:12 PM
The answer to your question is complex...

The Mauser is a more refined action (and overall finishing) however the Mosin can be as precise.

The action in my 3 Mosins is not as buttery smooth as my Mauser but not that bad either and you can inprove it.

The Mosin has definitely the advantage of cheaper ammo (both milsurp and commercial) and more bullet selection....and easier to find in stores too.

Especially if you intend to use the gun for hunting, remember that the regular American 8 mm Mauser ammo is loaded almost to 30-30 power level (safety reasons for old weaker actions pre-1905 which had smaller bores, 0.318 instead of 0.323) so the regular commercial 7,62x54R has a significant edge.

To get the full potential of the 8 mm Mauser (30-06 class) you need to buy certain European brands (S&B, RWS, Norma) and these are expensive (up to $40 a box)

I would get both.....however for the Mosin I would not get that particular rifle because I hate counterbored firearms.

November 6, 2009, 08:53 PM
All things being equal, mauser, mauser, mauser.

A counterbored barrel: Yuck.:barf:

A nice shiney new barrel: Yippie :D

I have glued cracked handguards, far less obtrusive than the biscuits used by arsenals to repair cracked handguards.

The Nagant was, is, and shall always be clunky when compared to a 98.

Mauser 1898 action, simply the best turnbolt action ever.

November 6, 2009, 09:03 PM
My shooting buddy (a Serb) has both. The Mauser is a far better gun. It has fit and finish so far above the "Mosy" its not even close. The Mauser is much stronger and has better accuracy. The Mosin is fun to shoot, and ammo is cheap, (8mm ammo is getting a bit expensive) but if you handload the difference isn't much. IMHO the Mauser is the clear choice.

November 6, 2009, 11:53 PM
The Moisin just isn't in the same class as far as something you'd want to bet your life on and carry all the time, but the question is what you plan to do with it.

I am thinking several MILLION people all over the world would disagree with that statement. From south Africa to Europe all the way to Siberia people have carried and counted on the mosin to keep them alive.

Mr. Bojangles
November 15, 2009, 11:13 PM
Mosins are extremely durable and reliable. Of course, so are Mausers. My preference is the Mosin, due to the fun factor. Attaching the giant bayonet to an already big firearm and shooting it at cans, then finishing them off with the bayonet is just too much fun. As far as being "clunky", I prefer to think of the Mosins as manly and durable.

November 15, 2009, 11:20 PM
mauser! most modern deer rifles were designed after the mauser, how many were after nagants? 0 they arent anywhere near as good.

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