...thinking about selling my mosin...


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kis2
July 12, 2010, 12:48 AM
I already have one, I've never even shot this one, and I could use some cash to help fund my initial reloading investment.

talk me in or out of it. preferably in. I think.

I'ma make it a poll thread for good measure

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Maverick223
July 12, 2010, 12:53 AM
You have a duplicate that you apparently like better...I say sell it and start reloading.

:)

Ignition Override
July 12, 2010, 01:01 AM
There are so many MN 91/30s and 44s, using ammo which has not increased in price, even after the election.
What do you have to lose?
If you decide to refine your tastes soon in a similar price range:

1) With a little luck at a gun show, you can buy a really good Yugo Mauser for about $200-250.
2) The very available surplus ammo only costs $.25/round.
3) These Mausers don't have an awkward or sticky bolt to force open, are shorter than 91/30s and known to be more accurate.

eight433
July 12, 2010, 01:03 AM
who cares? They are cheap enough that it would only be a small portion of your reloading investment, and by that same token they are easy to replace. So sell it if you want, keep it if you want. I really don't see where 100 bucks would swing me one way or the other in any certainty.

Hope that does not come across rude or condescending in text, as it is meant in a lighthearted tone.

kis2
July 12, 2010, 01:08 AM
copy on the lightheartedness eight433. the difference in the 100 bucks is being able to get the equipment I want vs what I need. and not a lack of money, but a lack of money in this one area of the budget... which some how is always low...:rolleyes:

Cal-gun Fan
July 12, 2010, 01:10 AM
What kind is it, and what are the qualities/specs? I may be interested in buying it, as Im in the market for a nice Mosin.

BushyGuy
July 12, 2010, 01:18 AM
Mosin Nagants are a "poor mans Rifle" i wouldnt own one they really punish your shoulder after one shot.

you cant equip them with scopes so they dont make a valuable hunting rifle for long range.

I rather hunt with my Winchester Model 94 then a Mosin , they are way too heavy to tote around all day in the bush.

rangerruck
July 12, 2010, 01:21 AM
It depends on the model and the wood, to me. if it is a origional with a laminate stock, or a m38, then I would keep one of these, and sell the other one.

Cosmoline
July 12, 2010, 03:19 AM
What kind is it?

I've sold a lot, but I always buy more.

Tim the student
July 12, 2010, 03:27 AM
I voted not to sell it. You may regret it later, and its not like you're going to get a ton of money for it.

On the other hand, if you're a hundred bucks short of a reloading setup, and you've already started cutting down on the ways to blow your money (like coffee on your way to work) then maybe you should sell it.

Wouldn't hurt to shoot it to see which one is more accurate either.

ScratchnDent
July 12, 2010, 03:35 AM
I say sell it, unless it's a rare one.

Reloading gear is a better investment for a shooter than an extra Mosin Nagant.

Cal-gun Fan
July 12, 2010, 10:47 AM
BushyGuy wrote: Mosin Nagants are a "poor mans Rifle" i wouldnt own one they really punish your shoulder after one shot.

you cant equip them with scopes so they dont make a valuable hunting rifle for long range.

I rather hunt with my Winchester Model 94 then a Mosin , they are way too heavy to tote around all day in the bush.

TBH thats kind of a snobbish way to look at it, IMO, no offense. A Mosin Nagant isn't necessarily a poor man's rifle. Many people who own one could afford something else if they wanted. Its personal preference. I like the mosin, and many others do, for its historical value and because it looks beautiful.
You CAN equip them with scopes. You can even turn them into something resembling a typical hunting rifle. You can add rails. I wouldn't want to, as I like its old fashioned look more (I have my AR-15/Mini-14 for the modern look). Plus, right after buying the Mini-14, its a good rifle thats not that expensive, especially for someone who has to consider things like expenses for getting a car when I turn 16.

Sav .250
July 12, 2010, 11:01 AM
Sell it! I see them in bunches at Gun Shows. Easier to find then empty beer cans behind your local 7-11. :)

KSCCHTrainer
July 12, 2010, 12:07 PM
Mosin Nagants are a "poor mans Rifle" i wouldnt own one they really punish your shoulder after one shot.

you cant equip them with scopes so they dont make a valuable hunting rifle for long range.

I rather hunt with my Winchester Model 94 then a Mosin , they are way too heavy to tote around all day in the bush.
If you "can't equip them with scopes, then how did I do this? Not even drilled and tapped. Holds zero extremely well and this one will do under 1/2" groups at 100 yards with the right ammo -- I have other rifles, but this one's my favorite shooter. Paid less than $100 for the rifle itself a couple years ago. Wouldn't sell it for less than $500 now without the scope!

If you hold them properly when you shoot them, they won't hurt you any worse than any 30-06 would. If you don't like heavy recoil, put a pad on it - also easy to do.

courtgreene
July 12, 2010, 12:51 PM
Don't sell it because you cannot get enough out of it to make it worth your effort. Think of some one you know that needs/wants a rifle and give it to them this christmas if you just want it gone. Or hang on to it for a backup hunting rifle. No one's going to pay a lot for one.

ETA kscchtrainer, what kind of mounting system did you use? I have seen a lot of different systems but am unfamiliar with that one and may be getting and sporterizing a MN at some point in the future.

atticor
July 12, 2010, 01:51 PM
"Poor man's rifle" is an off-putting statement. And it's not a useful observation. What does one's personal finance have to do with the qualities of any gun? It's more useful to make valid observations about a gun without resort to lazy short-hand thinking. I've read many times on various boards that no collection is complete without one or more mosin nagant rifles. It's absolutely a personal choice, based on numerous factors. If you want to sell the gun, you'll find lots of buyers. Just don't count on getting a lot for it (unless it's a special MN). There are just so many of them out there that the market price will stay low for a long long time (again, unless it's somehow collectable or special).

Quentin
July 12, 2010, 02:40 PM
I voted "keep it". I don't use my M44 much either but for a $70 investment a few years ago can't see any reason to get rid of it. I really should pick up a lot more ammo at today's prices, hard to beat really.

crossrhodes
July 12, 2010, 02:52 PM
I wouldn't call it a poor mans rifle. I do call it my russian whore because I get more bang for the buck...ammo is cheap and abundant. I have the 91, 38 and the 44. I wouldn't part with them because they are fun to shoot and print pretty good on the target. Yes, as posted, you can scope them and they do drop deer. The 91's may be cheap now but have you seen what happened to the model 44 and 38 prices, if you can find a 38.

desidog
July 12, 2010, 02:55 PM
Unless a gun has a serious defect/is a lemon, I don't sell....maybe if i had a $50K Holland & Holland and wanted to put a kid through college...but for a $80 Mosin? I don't know how you value your time, but the amount of time it would take to run an ad, meet with a buyer, etc. why wouldn't you just keep it? There's a lot of value in cheap milsurps.

I do call it my russian whore because I get more bang for the buck...
+1 Haha. best post i've read all day.

CoRoMo
July 12, 2010, 03:16 PM
I think this would be a wonderful way to get your reloading start-up money. But there are a lot of ways to get that money and keep your gun too.

RevDerb
July 12, 2010, 05:14 PM
IMO. Sell it! I don't keep anything that I can't/don't shoot regularly.

RX-178
July 12, 2010, 05:36 PM
I just can't imagine the going prices for Mosins covering anything substantial for the cost of reloading gear. Let alone the effort of finding a buyer, handling the sale, and possibly finding a replacement later.

To put in perspective, I have raised more money selling a handful of PS2 games and DVD movies than I could get for a Mosin.

jeepguy
July 12, 2010, 06:27 PM
i would shoot it pick out which one you like the best & sell the other.

Justin Holder
July 12, 2010, 07:31 PM
Keep the nicer one, sell the other.

Later, instead of replacing it, just buy more ammo for the one you have.

Ohio Gun Guy
July 12, 2010, 07:50 PM
You could sell, but you arent really that much farther ahead.... I would keep it.

kis2
July 12, 2010, 08:13 PM
well guys I sold it. it went to a good cause though (besides my reloading). sold it to a co worker and they were thrilled, first firearm they ever bought. it was really cool to explain it all to him and see that kind of fascination in a mosin. awesome.

funny part: he saw pictures and whatnot and I told him how much I wanted for it. he bought it and later while showing him the works he said ' i was really surprised by the cost. i thought it would've been 4-500 bucks'

miss opportunity :rolleyes: just kidding. gave him a good deal of course. if you get a chance to sell a rifle to someone who hasn't owned one before, do it. feels like charity.

thanks for the inputs

Bearhands
July 12, 2010, 08:16 PM
+10! Kudos for making someone's day and introducing a very viable rifle to a "newbie".

Maverick223
July 12, 2010, 08:53 PM
Glad it all worked out, it is always good to have a new shooter (or at least gun owner) in the community.

:)

Tallinar
July 12, 2010, 08:59 PM
Funny thing about Mosins is that they are viewed as a "cheap rifle" to the average shooter, but the collectors view them as gold depending on the model, year of manufacture, and other significant markings. You might pick up an M38 for a hundred bucks and it may actually be worth 3-4 times that. My father is an avid Mosin collector, and has actually made a few thousand dollars by simply flipping Mosins that he purchased from unknowing sellers. The Mosin market is actually kind of exciting for that reason.

Glad it worked out for ya.

Tim the student
July 12, 2010, 09:58 PM
Cool, glad you are happy with the outcome.

Kudos to selling it to a new shooter.

Bud Tugly
July 12, 2010, 10:22 PM
I'm a hunter and shooter, not a collector. I have 2 guns I keep for sentimental value but the others either get used or they get sold.

Maverick223
July 12, 2010, 11:19 PM
One last thing...make sure and take the new shooter to the range and start him on something small (unless he has prior experience with high powered rifles).

:)

regal
July 13, 2010, 09:26 AM
My only Mosin is an M38, been thinking about selling it to fund a Steven .308 or Savage .308. The main thing the Mosin has going for it is cheap surplus ammo, if you handload there are much better options IMO.

WaywardAce
July 13, 2010, 10:39 AM
Don't sell it. One of these days in the far future the prices will eventually go up and you'll be like one of the people bemoaning the fact that they didn't get an SKS when they were $70 a pop back in the 90's. Get it refinished really nice and make an heirloom out of it. They dress up well. EDIT ................ Oops didn't catch the post in time ..... I'll leave this up for someone facing the same quandary.

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