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Mosin Nagant 91/30 Sniper Range Report

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by GarandOwner, Feb 26, 2007.

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  1. GarandOwner

    GarandOwner Member

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    The day I turned 18, I bought a Mosin Nagant 91/30 from my local gun shop for $75. It was always fun to shoot, and I happened to get one that was an "ex-sniper" as the collectors call it. Over the next few years I thought about getting a PU scope and reconfiguring it to "sniper format" I got all the parts I needed, A PU mount, 1943 PU scope and a Sniper bolt. I went to many different Gunsmiths, but none of them would drill and tap it for me! So after a few weeks of searching, i Decided to do it myself. I went to the local Home Depot, and bought a drill bit and tap for the screws for my scope mount. One dead night at my job, I used the drill press in the machine shop and Volia! I had given my sniper rifle rebirth! The next step was to take it out to the range.

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    This Range report was conducted on a Sunny 75 dead calm wind day. PERFECT for shooting. It was done after months of shooting at least 2 times a week, so I was ready. I laser bore sighted the scope in and took it out to 50 yards. It shot a little low, using the screws on the side of the scope mount, I readjusted it, after about 6 groups of 3 shots, I was now hitting dead center. I let the gun cool, then took it out to 100 yards (the max distance at this range) It needed only mininal adjustments, I was able to get a group of 7 shots in a 3/4" group!

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    The hits on the target are A group of 10: 2 outside the group from sighting in, 7 in the cluster. and 1 stray in the 7 ring not showin in the picture (result of me blinking as I pulled the trigger)

    Conditions: Temp: 75 F Wind: 0 kts Sunny

    Rifle: Mosin Nagant 91/30 manf. 1943 at Tula plant

    Ammo: 147 Grain Wolf 7.62x54R

    Distance: 100 Yards

    Time Between Shots: .5-1.5 Minutes

    *The Burlap covering on the rifle is because I am a big World War II nut/nerd
     

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  2. Koobuh

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    That's respectible accuracy even for a new hunting rifle with match ammo, son.
    You've got a winner there. :)
     
  3. GarandOwner

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    and the best part is:
    Total Cost:

    Rifle: $75
    Bolt: $60
    Scope: $200
    Scope Mount: $125


    Total: $460

    Cheaper than any scope/rifle combo Ive found with equal performance. I have since been told by other mosin collectors that I lucked out getting an "ex-sniper" because they were hand selected for their accuracy to be used as sniper rifles. I just wish I could get a surplus M1903 for that cheap ;)
     
  4. The Deer Hunter

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    What condition is the bore in?

    Man, that rifle is awsome. Just awsome. I like the burlap.
     
  5. armoredman

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    Vasili would be proud. Then he'd say "Do it better, tovarisch."
    I agree, nice rifle, well done!
     
  6. Hoppy590

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    thats very good for a milsurp rifle. im sure your groups will close up even more once you get used to the rifle and find the brand of ammo it likes the best
     
  7. EricTheBarbarian

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    that looks good,anyone know if that scope mount would work with another scope? say a new leupold? i might have to try this.
     
  8. Deer Hunter

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    Hot Damn! :what:

    I want your rifle.
     
  9. Beetle Bailey

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    Nice rifle and very nice shooting!
     
  10. BsChoy

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    My local guy has one of these for 499 I think....great shooter you lucky dog :D
     
  11. db_tanker

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    sounds to me like you might want to try and score some 7N1 ammo for that rifle.

    Dunno how it would work in a Mosin, but it was designed for the SVD DMR's. Tighter tolerance on the loads made the Drag a real nice DMR. I am sure that it would do the same for your Mosin.


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  12. pistol-packin-wifey

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    very nice! i've always loved the Moisin Nagant 91/30myself. you can great accuracy out of the old gal!

    find what ammo she likes best and your groupings will be 10/10, i'm sure :D
     
  13. Hoppy590

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    all other experiences, people say it doesnt work well in MN's
     
  14. GarandOwner

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    Ive tried many different types of ammo over the years, hungarian, czech, russian surplus, but Wolf groups the best. Ive had it for 4 years now, so Ive gotten use to shooting it (thats why I got such a great group) I have heard from some that it likes the heavier load 203 grain i think it is better than the 148 grain. I will have to track some down and try. The bore is fairly dark, but still shiney, prob from all that corrosive ammo years ago, the rifling is still sharp though, there are a few pits in places, but the crown is still sharp. I dont have an TE guage, but the bullet test comes to 0.29" between the crown and the case of the cartridge by my caliper when a bullet is stuck in the end of the barrel. They do make scope mounts like the PU scope mount that has a weaver rail on top for modern scopes. Ive always heard the Mosins are extremely accurate. Does anyone else have one that gets this good of groups, or did fate smile on me and give me a 1 in a million rifle here?
     
  15. JWarren

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    I recently picked up a Finn M 28/30 Mosin Nagant. I haven't taken it out for a shooting yet, but if it shoots ANYTHING as good as you rifle is shooting, I will jump for joy.

    You've got a real jewel there, my friend. Take care of it.


    John
     
  16. Hoppy590

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    considering the total number made, and the conditions most were made in, yours is literaly 1 in a million.

    when the rifles are broken down to age brackets you can get a better idea about your accuracy vs others of the same age
     
  17. Davo

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    That rifle shoots many times better then most mosin snipers, even with match ammo!
     
  18. 270Win

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    That's really a great rifle! And not bad shooting either ;)

    The best I've managed is 1.7" with my M38, iron sights. Maybe a scope would improve that... maybe it wouldn't.

    Either way, that Mosin is having an identity crisis... it thinks it's a K31!! :p
     
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