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    My $125.00 1943 Mosin Nagant 91/30

    I picked up the Mosin Nagant 91/30 that I won for $125.00 on Gunbroker on Thursday (7/11/2019) from my FFL (even though I’m a type 3 FFL Stupid CA). I got it home and checked the headspace; nothing matches on this rifle, but I knew that when I bought it and all the more reason that I wanted to check the headspace.

    It’s in pretty rough condition but much better than I thought it was. Since I had RSO duty at San Diego South Bay Rod and Gun club I took the rifle out and put some rounds on paper. I didn’t want to run good ammo through it so I grabbed a few rounds of Silver Bear 174 Grain that was given to me a while back. It didn’t shoot too bad even with the crapy Silver Bear ammo and crapy old eyes through the iron sights. The grouping at 100 yards should be better with good ammo and after putting a little work into the rifle. That is if I decide to keep it, not quite sure what I want to do with it; did not expect to win the auction with a minimum bid LOL.


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    Well spent $125.00

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    It's in better condition than the $360 rifles Cabelas is selling at present. They are really bad bottom of the barrel stuff. I mean buried in the mud under the barrels stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn243 View Post
    It's in better condition than the $360 rifles Cabelas is selling at present. They are really bad bottom of the barrel stuff.
    350.00 seems a bit steep since you can still get arsenal refurbs in the cosmolean for about at still. Mechanically this rifle is sound, the stock and buttplate are the parts that are in need. Since nothing matches anyhow I might just get another stock, recrown the barrel and call it good.
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    Congratulations on what could turn out to be an even better bargain than you thought!

    The stock could be greatly improved by a bit of TLC, and the bore could be improved by some elbow-grease. That's nice strong rifling lurking under decades of hard-baked deposits. First of all de-coppering, and then shoot/clean shoot/clean... but don't waste your money on crud ammo. That just makes the rifle look bad.

    So spend your money on good ammo, not a replacement stock. Rather good results from a clean bore in a "been there, done that" stock than indifferent results in a shiny showpiece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Chadwick View Post
    Congratulations on what could turn out to be an even better bargain than you thought!

    The stock could be greatly improved by a bit of TLC ........So spend your money on good ammo, not a replacement stock. Rather good results from a clean bore in a "been there, done that" stock than indifferent results in a shiny showpiece.
    Iíve been leaning more and more toward reviving the existing stock. Once I get her cleaned up Iíll drop some match Ammo though her.

    Iíd be interested to know what grain bullets these old girls prefer

    Thanks Bill

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    I get the best results with the Hornady type 3130 180gn round-nose bullets. The long cylindrical section gives much better guidance in the typical more-or-less worn military chamber throat than any kind of spitzer or (to be avoided) boat-tail bullet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Chadwick View Post
    I get the best results with the Hornady type 3130 180gn round-nose bullets. The long cylindrical section gives much better guidance in the typical more-or-less worn military chamber throat than any kind of spitzer or (to be avoided) boat-tail bullet.
    Patrick, Thank you for the information and help.

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    That could clean up pretty nicely. It is a pretty good example of a 1942 production and how desperate they were getting, the stock looks to be the hurried version with out ferrules around the slots for the sling. You might clean the stock off first and may be hit it with some ballistol and see what happens.

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