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Mosin Nagant M38--a few questions

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by eventer289, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. eventer289

    eventer289 Well-Known Member

    I know mosins have been talked about heavily on here, but when I search, I don't find that much about the M38, maybe I am searching for the wrong terms.

    Are there any downsides to the M38 vs the M44 or 91/31?

    Are there any unique things to the M38 to look out for?
  2. Nautilus

    Nautilus Well-Known Member

    I have two of them and love them. I prefer the carbine length and since I have no need for a permanently attached bayo like the M44 the M38 is perfect. It's by far my favorite Mosin.
  3. cracked butt

    cracked butt Well-Known Member

    They are usually more likely to be shot out compared to a 91/30 or M44, + they aren't known for accuracy.
  4. researchdoc

    researchdoc Well-Known Member


    I like the M38 over the M44. I have a 44 and it does not shoot to point of aim unless the bayonet is deployed. I used to thing that was rubbish, but I tried it myself. The M38 is a good size (carbine like) for the trunk of the car. Naturally the velocity is reduced vs the 91/30, but you can get good loads or load your own to get the speed back up. I really don't have anything bad to say about the 38. If you find yourself a good shooter... enjoy. All Mosins should be checked for bbl erosion etc... I have a 38 that has had the muzzle rifling bored out about a half inch in. It is probably due to the crown being beat up.. I was worried that accuracy would suffer badly.. but after putting it on paper at 100 yds and getting right at 2MOA... I worried no more. I think the 38 will be a great addition to your arsenal.
  5. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    My M38 is accurate even though it's counter bored. The rifle has a stiff recoil but other than no permanately attached bayonet it shoots much the same as M44's do.

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