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Would You buy a Moisin?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JimJD, Sep 5, 2004.

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  1. JimJD

    JimJD Member

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    A co-worker recently purchased a M-N at a local shop and it's got Me thinking.
    He said it went for $100.00 out the door. It was a little beat up, but all numbers matched. Said it's a good shooter too.
    It appears to be a carbine version. Maybe it was made like that from the get go, maybe it was cut down somewhere down the road, I don't know.
    I've been looking for a bolt action lately, and I do like the old Russian/Com-block weapons.
    What should I look for if I do decide to get one? I've heard of some things to be wary of, but I'm a babe in the woods when it really comes down to it.
    Thanks all! :D
     
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    Milsurp Shooter.Net is a good place to get some information.

    Would I buy one? Definitely. I've got a beautiful M44. I've also owned a traded a few.

    There are several models out there, with the M44 (carbine w/folding bayonnet) being of of the most popular. The model 91/30 (full length version) is also very popular. Both can be had for under $100.00 in just about mint condition.

    The nicest ones and most desirable ones out there are the Finnish rifles (M39). These are going to run you a good bit more than the Russian rifles.

    The site has some good information...so take a peek there. I will eventually break down and order a Finn since I haven't found one yet at the gun shows.

    Good Shooting
    Red
     
  4. JimJD

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    Great, thanks for that info! :D
     
  5. George S.

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    I bought a Mosin 91/30 rifle at a local Big 5 Sporting Goods for $80 earlier this year and it's a whole lot of fun to shoot. The rifle was made in 1931 at the Izhevsk Arsenal and it was in very good condition. All the nubers matched except for the bayonet.

    I'm still getting used to shooting it but so far I hae been able to manage 8" groups at 200 yards with the iron sights. It has a fairly good recoil to it and it's pretty loud but with a deeper "boom" to the sound.

    The M44 is a carbine version of the 91/30 and is also a common one to find. From what I have heard, the M44 has a pretty stout recoil and a really grand muzzle flash!! Big 5 currently has a sale going now for the $79.95 price.

    Surplus 7.62x54R ammo is fairly inexpensive and plentiful but most of it is corrosive and some is more accurate than others. The Czech silvertip stuff is good and Wolf makes some decent ammo in that caliber.

    Here's are some good Mosin websites:
    http://www.russian-mosin-nagant.com/phpBB2/index.php
    http://www.7.62x54r.net/
    http://www.surplusrifle.com/russiannagant/maintenance.asp
    http://www.mosinnagant.net/i3tro4.asp
     
  6. iamkris

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    Nope I wouldn't buy one...

    I bought two. 91/30 and a M44. Cost me a total of $130 from AIM
     
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    I have a 91/30 I paid $79. All matching, dated 1938. It is capable of three shots touching at 50 yards with open sights.. I plan on getting a 38 carbine and a M44 soon
     
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    I bought a nice M44 also and it sits in the safe, not worth taking to the range. Will probably give it away. look for a Swede M96 or a British Enfield 303, lot better...........
     
  9. Daemon688

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    You could give it away to this poor college student :D
     
  10. Bridger

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    I bought both an m44 and m91/30 from www.aztecguns.com.

    At 55 for the 91/30 and 50 for the m44, I couldn't resist. They are great guns, and while a lot of people are Mauser fans, I have come to like the Mosins more. A bolt action isn't complicated to begin with, but they just seem so simple and feel great to me.
     
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    daemon688...will keep you in mind.........
     
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    No, I'd buy three. First was a 1946 M-44, purchased in 2000 for $110. Then, this past May, I picked up a 91/30 and a M38, both dated 1944, for $89 each.
     
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    I think I like my M44 more than my two Mauser 98s (a Czech and Turk). Though the bolt movement feels nicer on the Mauser. The sights on the M44 are easier to use. Though I haven't fired the Mausers yet, so my final decision hasn't been made as to which I like better. :)
     
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    Can't buy just one.

    1944 M38
    1937 M91/30
    1943 Tula ex-sniper
    1953 Hungarian M44

    One more slot left on the rifle rack.

    ZM
     
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    I picked up a 91/59 carbine in really nice condition at my local dealer last week for $70. 1940 marked Izhevsk w/ matching SNs except for the bolt. I have no problem believing that they took the nicest of the 91s to convert, and then put them away in storage.

    They were asking $79, but I was already buying 10 boxes of Winchester Q3131A ammo (5.56mm), and was told that if I would also buy the last 3 loose boxes at $3.30 per box (so that they could open up another case) that I could take the Mosin home for $70.

    Of course, I had to pick up a couple of paper packages of 7.62x54R surplus and took it to the range the next day.

    What a fun rifle!
     
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    I've asked myself that question many times, and the answer is usually "yes, I would buy that mosin":D

    I prefer the 91/30's to the M-44's. The M-38's are the best of the carbines, but the vast majority have been abused and counterbored.
     
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    I believe I've bought more than a dozen . . .
     
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    I got one that's a finish capture rebarreled by VKT.
     
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    Buy One? I bought 4. Traded one for and Isapor Enfield though.
     
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    The best Mosin Nagants readily available now are the Finnish M39s. They are very accurate and like most of the Mosins, very robust. I like collecting the Russian models also but all of my Finns are very accurate and so they top my list of favorite firearms. The Finns felt the only way to engage the Russians in WW2 was to have accurate firearms and different strategies of fighting. I usually find a few reasonably priced SA stamped Finn rifles at each gunshow I attend.
     
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    I have two....a M-44 and a 91/30. Both are decent shooters.

    Jim
     
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    No. I think they are the ugliest rifles ever invented. I know I dont sound like a true "gun enthusiast", but that rifle, with its straight bolt, and general shape, just looks BUT UGLY to me! :barf:
     
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    They may be ugly to some but they are very strong rifles. I guess that would be gorilla ugly.......ugly and strong.
    You get a lot of rifle for the money.

    Jim
     
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    I have no need for one at all. There are much better weapons out there, I own a bunch of much better weapons. I don't need any curio and relic junk.
     
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    "curio and relic junk"??

    Oh well, that just means more for us.

    More Makarovs.

    More Ishapores.

    More Mausers.

    More Mosin-Nagants.

    More Sistemas.

    (What is not to like? The Winchesters, Marlins, Remingtons, Springfields, Glocks, Kahrs, S&Ws, Colts, Brownings, Rugers, and others don't seem to mind sharing the gunsafe with the "curio and relic junk".)
     
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