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Svt 40

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by dak0ta, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. dak0ta

    dak0ta Well-Known Member


    What do you guys know about this rifle? I can get them for $300 where I live and they are arsenal refurbished. I have a Mosin 91/30, how should accuracy be? Are these usually as worn at Mosins? How is reliability and accuracy? I know the op mech was used in the FN FAL which was a good design.
  2. C'Thulhu

    C'Thulhu Well-Known Member

    Oh how there are times I wish I too was Canadian. Buy it and show it off to your American friends who have to pay at least 2x as much.
  3. dak0ta

    dak0ta Well-Known Member

    But the mag is neutered to 5 rounds :( Good thing is if the law is someday removed, at least the SVT40 mag is removable and a 10 rounder can be put in, or just dremel out the pin.
  4. leadchucker

    leadchucker Well-Known Member

    If you're looking to buy one of those things, check the gas system out pretty carefully. Lots of years of salt from corrosive primers can take a toll there.
  5. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Well-Known Member

    I love mine, I think that if you like WWII history and soviet weapons it is a no brainer.

    In my rifle I only shoot modern ammo in it....never surplus stuff...and light ball ammo as well under 150gr.

    Parts are just too hard to come by to take the chance.

    Start with the gas system on the lowest setting and work up from there...when you get no FTE then you got it it right.

    Super fun rifles.
  6. mortablunt

    mortablunt Well-Known Member

    Where do you live and who is selling them? Light ball ammunition under 150 grains works well. Also, don't make the powder loads too powerful; if you damage the operating rod, good luck finding a new one ever, and those that are around are seriously expensive. The accuracy is, I don't know, probably pretty good. The SVT-40 never caught on so much as the Mosin-Nagant, so they ought to generally be in better condition. I've always wanted to get an SVT.
  7. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Well-Known Member

    My bet is Canada.

    The SVT never caught on for a couple of reasons, not the least of them being the rank and file soviet solider was not that well trained. Keeping a 91/30 running is pretty darn easy, keeping the SVT going is something very different. You can say that in the hands of well trained troops that know how to read it was very popular, German and Finnish troops loved the rifle.
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  8. dak0ta

    dak0ta Well-Known Member

    Did the Germans and Finns modify the rifle or just shoot them stock after capture? And did they have any reliability problems with them?

    What exactly in the gas system should one be looking for in terms of wear?

    And in terms of fluted chamber, does it destroy the brass?

    What is the battle zero for these rifles? 100 or 300 m?

    I have an offer from a guy for $265: I have one in my safe, with sniper rail (Tula, 1941)and correct muzzleflash. Very good shooter grade (a couple of very little repairs on the stock). Steel in very good to excellent condition, shiny and excellent bore. Exactly 40 rounds (S&B commercial ammo) threw it since refurb process. Works perfectly and pretty accurate rifle at 100 meters. Cleaned carefully and heavily oiled. I just don't use it and prefer my Mosin rifles.

    I'll send pics once I receive them and let you guys oogle and help me decide :)
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2011
  9. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Well-Known Member

    I am by no means an expert...but I did stay at a holiday in express once :)

    From what I have read they used the rifles as captured, the germans even issued manuals on the care of the rifles in german. Captured weapons and ammo was quite common and with these rifles they stayed in the front line, the 91/30 for the most part went back into rear units and home guard units. The german self loading rifles just could not get off the ground G43 and such just had too many problems.

    As to wear, I would look at the general shape of the rifle as a whole, if the rest of it looks good you are most likely ok...I doubt whoever is selling will let you pull the thing down....they are a bit of a pain to take down.

    I have only been around three SVT's and they all left the brass in re loadable shape.
  10. lencac

    lencac Well-Known Member

    Be sure to check headspace as the tilting bolt in these type rifles can get out of spec. depending on how much use and what type of ammo has been used over the years. Be sure to clean the bore before you inspect it visually. How much throat erosion, pitting and how worn the lands are tell the story.
    Don't expect much in the way of accuracy if using surplus ammo and decent accuracy (2-3 MOA) with quality ammo.
  11. dak0ta

    dak0ta Well-Known Member

    So what is the maximum grain bullet one should use in these guns?

    And how do they compare to the M1 Garand, Gew 43, FN FAL, M1A in terms of accuracy and reliability?

    How about compared to modern hunting rifles like the Remington, Benelli R1, Winchester, Browning etc.
  12. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Well-Known Member

    I know people that shoot heavy ball surplus ammo in theirs with no problem, I have read about a guy that bent up the rec. pretty bad using heavy ball....I think it is one of those internet things where few had problems and it went crazy. I only shoot less then 150 out of my rifle...same loads as my PSL.....I know light ball is out there in surplus but it is just not worth it to me.

    It has some things above the Garand, adjustable gas system, detachable 10 round mag (sorry canada), As to the G43...well it just worked better :)....the other rifles you talked about are post war designs and you can't really put them in the same group.

    IMHO any quality sporting rifle is going to shoot rings around the SVT. This thing was made to hit a man sized target not give sub MOA groups at 100 yards.

    Down here in the states a good ball park price on these things is $1000 +- here and there for a run of the mill rifle. You can buy a much better sporting rifle for that kind of money....and there is not much smarts in turning it into a sporter (I guess in Canada they did that years ago and made them fire 303 british but can't remember what they called them) After turning a SVT into a sporter it will still not out shoot a sporting rifle and you will be out your $1000 because you killed the value.

    And if you want to know why I say they will never out shoot a modern sporting rifle check out this video under the pics.

    All this talk and not one pic of a SVT so here is mine. With the bear shot.



  13. dak0ta

    dak0ta Well-Known Member

    We also have access to $450 Norinco M14's and we just got new shorty's with 18.5'' barrel. Word on the street is that they're okay, but will work well if you tweak them. So kind of buying a project gun. Lots of aftermarket Canadian industry producing new stainless op rods etc. for them.

    Wow that video is interesting. Lots of flex in that rifle for sure. Hm.. makes me wonder if I should get one.
  14. oldgold

    oldgold Well-Known Member

    Just a word to the wise, if you reload for it be sure to use military type hard primers.

    An Svt-40 on full auto is no fun. Thank goodness I only loaded three rounds.
  15. dak0ta

    dak0ta Well-Known Member

    Compared to the SKS, how does the SVT 40 fair? I think the SKS is more reliable, built tougher, and cycles anything through it? How about accuracy at 100 yards?
  16. mortablunt

    mortablunt Well-Known Member

    ^ SVT is more accurate and powerful. I've shot neither, but I've always wanted to get my hands on an SVT.
  17. dak0ta

    dak0ta Well-Known Member

    After watching that video about the receiver flexing, it seems like the SVT40 wasn't built tough enough to handle the 7.62x54r round after 1000s of rounds. It looks like it's going to wiggle itself loose!

    On the other hand, the SKS is a scaled down version of the PTRS (sp?) which was an anti-tank rifle. So it's overbuilt for the 7.62x39 round. But since it uses the same tilting block lock up, and short stroke gas piston, howcome its accuracy suffers? Is it the rifle that's inaccurate or the 7.62x39 round compared to 7.62x54r?
  18. Vaarok

    Vaarok Well-Known Member

    Never watch an AK in slow-mo then. They look like a jello cube. It's the barrel that matters anyway.

    My two SVT-40s are very reliable, fairly accurate (one moreso than the other) and a joy to shoot with either light or heavy ball- though they absolutely love bxn63 headstamp Czech ammo.

    Get the gas nut adjustment tool, though, else you're in for an annoying time trying to adjust things with a wrong shaped tool or pliers.
  19. wildchild2010

    wildchild2010 Well-Known Member

    Do some research on the 91/30 where people are putting new Finnish M-39 barrels on there guns and making them tack drivers. Save your money.
  20. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Well-Known Member

    Don't let that video shy you away...they are great rifles, and have fantastic history...they are just not the best sniper rifle. There is a reason they stopped putting rails on them around 1942 or so. The good ole 91/30 was a more stable platform for long range sniping.

    Get the SVT they are fantastic fun to shoot and will do MOW (minute of watermelon) all day. I also find them not too hard to take down after you get the hang of it.

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