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$300 to spend, K31 or M39 or ?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by offthepaper, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. offthepaper

    offthepaper Well-Known Member

    Just came into a small windfall, about $300. I want to buy a new rifle on a bit of a budget. I always wanted a K31, but I also love the history of the Finn M39, and the MN's in general (I have several Russkies). I could add a small bit more if something really caught my eye. Whatever I get it will be a shooter, not a collector. I have also thought about
    a nice 22lr. I know I'm all over the place with my mindset. Decisions, decisions, help me nail down a drifting mind. If you had around $300 for a new/used rifle, what would you get?
  2. mnw42

    mnw42 Well-Known Member

    I don't think that you would get a decedent M39 for $300, but for $400-450 and M39 is a truly superb arm in every respect. For $300 you cant go wrong with a K31.

    I'd day buy the K31 and put any remaining funds into a .22 and ammo.
  3. Flash!

    Flash! Well-Known Member

    I shot my K31 for the first time today..... BUY ONE! accurate right out of the box.......
  4. MilsurpShooter

    MilsurpShooter Well-Known Member

    K31. Brick of ammo too then start reading up on reloading lol
  5. Avenger29

    Avenger29 Well-Known Member

    K31. Get thee a Lee hand press and dies to go along with it if you do not reload yet.

    Have fun.
  6. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    I got my M39 for 200. I suggest you get it.
  7. Vaarok

    Vaarok Well-Known Member

    You could get two M-39s. Do so.

    Actually, you can get a M-39, AND a K-31 for $400. And have some left over for ammo.
  8. Squidward

    Squidward Well-Known Member

    A K 31 (check Gunbroker) and 120 rounds of ammo is within your price range.
  9. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Congratulations. $300 isn't a whole lot any more, but it's still $300. Busted a tie rod on a pot hole last week. $356Cdn. to fix it.
    "...I always wanted a K31..." That'd do it for me. Buy the dies and a bunch of brass too though.
  10. Mikee Loxxer

    Mikee Loxxer Well-Known Member

    Get the K31
  11. Dr. Peter Venkman

    Dr. Peter Venkman Well-Known Member

    Buy a K31 for $200, buy a $70 St. Marie clamp-on scope mount for it, put on a scope you have, and shoot awesome groups.

    Or look around on the market for a nice and pretty M39 with history. Mines a 1945 SAKO off of an 1896 receiver.

    I did both, but the mount is a work-in-progress for the K31. Already have the scope. :D
  12. jdc1244

    jdc1244 Well-Known Member

    The K31 is a must own.
  13. elmerfudd

    elmerfudd Well-Known Member

    Both are great rifles, so you really can't go wrong with either. I think the K31 is a better shooter, is finished better and is much easier to scope, but it sure ain't cheap to shoot. The M39 is more rugged, has way more history and lots of affordable surplus ammo available. Cartridgewise, their ballistics are almost identical. M39's cost about $100 more than K31's and should be more carefully inspected since they were shot using corrosive ammo.

    They're both rifles produced by countries that believed in marksmanship and it's evident in the rifles. I think the K31 is probably the better rifle of the two, but I rarely bring mine to the range. Ammo is just too pricey to shoot it that much. My M39 on the other hand gets shot a lot.
  14. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    I paid $299 for this Sako M39 last week from gunsnammo.com

    I am very happy with it. I think the wood will clean up a little more, just need some really hot weather but overall I'm very happy.
    The ammo is just SO cheap....

  15. Daemon688

    Daemon688 Well-Known Member

    K31 hands down. I can't comment on the barrels of the Finns but my K31 looked brand spanking new. I can't say the same for my 91/30 or M44. The trigger is far superior on the K31 and it feels more solid.
  16. elmerfudd

    elmerfudd Well-Known Member

    The triggers on M39's are much, much better than on a 91/30 or M44. I'd probably rate the K31's trigger slightly higher, but only slightly. As far as which feels more solid, for that the M39 wins hands down. They are built like tanks.

    K31's do tend to have very nice bores.
  17. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

    Get the M39 and spend every cent you have left over on ammo!
  18. hags

    hags Well-Known Member

    Without a doubt get the K-31. A serious performer and nice shooter. You'll actually want to take it to the range because it's an accurate rifle.
    You can't say that for alot of mil-surp stuff, I'm talking group size, sure alot are "combat" accurate but most K-31s are match grade accurate.
    The triggers are exceptional and the craftsmanship can't be beat.
  19. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    today would be a good day to buy $300 worth of gold

    edit: sorry, my bad... markets are closed for good friday today. try monday
  20. GD

    GD Well-Known Member

    You wouldnt be wrong to buy either one. Both are noted for their accuracy. Right now the K31s are rising in price but you should be able to get one with a 60 round battle pack for under $300. You should be able to get a M39 for just under $300 also. The last gun show I was at, you could have gotten both for $300. There are still deals out there.

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