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"New" Mosin M38 Question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ermac, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Ermac

    Ermac Well-Known Member

    Just got a un-issued M38 with all mathing serial numbers.
    Everything is great except for one kind of ammo.
    I picked up 50 rounds of "Albanian Match" and it works perfectly with a huge fireball. I went to my local gunshop and picked up a box of "Czech Laquer" Coat...it was milsurp ammo and it was packed in a little flat box. The headsamp had a year of 56 on it. Basically, when I shoot the laquer stuff, the bolt is EXTREMELY hard to open the first few shots. After a while, (say 8-10 rouds), it will open much smoother. The Albanian ammo had no problems from the start. I have read about sticky bolts, but the M38 is completely clean of cosmo...the chamber is perfectly clean and so is the bolt. I see no burs or anything in there. Should I advoid using laquer coated steel cases in the Mosin and just stick to brass / copper wash steel?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. Niner

    Niner Well-Known Member

  3. El Barto

    El Barto Well-Known Member

    My question is where can I get an unissued 38?
  4. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    My question is.....

    where did you get Albanian match ammo...............chris3
  5. Ermac

    Ermac Well-Known Member

    thanks for those who posted.
    I got the match albanian ammo at a gun show last weekend in the Valley Forge Convention Center in PA. It came in a plastic bag by the 50 (probably the shop owner did this). I verified the ammo on one of the mosin sites...Im at work and dont have it bookmarked, but I think its 7.62x54.net or something. Do a google and it should come up.

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