what should be my first 5 c&r rifles


January 26, 2004, 01:43 AM
i am getting my cr ffl in the next few eeeks and wondering what are the rifles to get, of course i am going to get a couple of yugo sks's but what others are a must for my colletion, keep it under 250.00

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January 26, 2004, 02:27 AM
The Swiss K31 and the Yugoslavian M48 make two very nice choices, I think. The Swiss rifle is incredible for its workmanship and accuracy. The Yugoslavian rifle offers a low price way to get a virtually new Mauser. Neither of these models are as cheap as the Mosins and have none of the history of those guns. They are fewer in production numbers, however, and getting them in the condition available now will not be so easy in the future. Once you have the K31 and M48, I'd look to the Mosins. I do love them, especially the Finn M39. It is the finest Mosin variant, and, while not as easy to come across or as cheap as in the recent past, represents a very good value in C&R rifles.

January 26, 2004, 04:08 AM
Well I went with a 91/30 Mosin from AIM. Came in great shape and was inexpensive. I then went with a K-31 from AIM, also came in great shape, and it has a trigger to die for. I recently got an M48 from Wholesale Guns and Ammo and it also came in better-than-described condition and left me feeling warm and fuzzy. Next I am going to get a M39 Finn Mosin from WG&A and my 5th is up in the air.

January 26, 2004, 09:27 AM
Is that $250 a piece, or for all 5? If it's a piece, you have to get one of the soviet capture mauser 98's, every collection must have a 91/30, and an Enfield. Anyhow, here's what I would get...

1) Soviet Capture 98
2) Mosin 91/30
3) Enfield No1 MkIII
4) Mosin M44
5) Yugo M48

January 26, 2004, 09:30 AM
I'm expecting my C&R any day (got the catalog/booklet/shopping list from ATF Saturday).

My top 5:
1. His/Hers set of Yugo SKS's from AIM for my wife and myself
2 & 3. (tie) M38 and M44 Mosins, just because they're so dang cheap right now.
4 & 5. Start in on the Finnish M39s.

A VZ24, Yugo M24/47, Yugo M48 (I've already got an M48A) might work their way in, if I find a really good deal.

The K31 is a strong candidate to leap to #2, based on everything I've been reading about how great they are, and how relatively cheap they are at the moment.

January 26, 2004, 10:18 AM
Whatever you do, don't get any Enfields...

...or there won't be enough left for me! ;)

January 26, 2004, 10:39 AM
Mosin Nagant carbines and K-31s seem to be the way to go for good low cost rifles. You might be able to still pick up an Albanian SKS for cheap also, but they are going fast.

www.aimsurplus.com (K-31s, Albanians, Mosins)

www.aztecguns.com (http://www.aztecguns.com/Pricing.htm) (screaming deals on Mosins right now)

Beetle Bailey
January 26, 2004, 07:48 PM
1. M39 Finnish Mosin Nagant. The best of the Mosins IMHO, a bit heavier than the others, but great sights, great trigger, heavier barrel, and very accurate. Ammo is cheap.

2. Yugo SKS. Good bargain centerfire semi-auto with good worksmanship. I use mine mainly as a plinker and it also qualifies as a SHTF rifle, freeing you up to get other fun stuff.

3. Enfield No. 4 MkI or MkII. If you can find a good one in the price range, grab it. The best of the Enfields IMHO, terrific peep-sights and a heavier barrel make it easy to shoot accurately.

4. RC Mauser 98k. It's a classic design that belongs in every C&R collection and while there are a few choices in Mauser actions, I would give the edge to the RC Mauser 98k since it's more directly connected to history (I'm being a little hypocritical here since I am making do with a Swedish M38 as my Mauser variant. . .:rolleyes: ).

5. Swiss K-31. I checked a few out at the last gunshow I was at and they are very impressively built. Haven't shoot one so it's a FWIW piece of advice, but if you reload, it's a no-brainer. Very nice all the way around. If you don't reload, go with a Russian Mosin Nagant in the configuration you like best as pick number five.

This list is in no particular order, if you see a nice example of any at the right price, go ahead a get it ;) . HTH.

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