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CDFingers
05-09-2010, 5:07 AM
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff254/CDFingers/m39foxglove1.jpg

CDFingers

Beetle Bailey
05-09-2010, 10:48 PM
That would make a nice postcard. :thumbsup:

CDFingers
05-15-2010, 5:17 AM
I had taken this VKT to the range--I had made up a raft of cast boolit loads using Unique, with loadings for a 175 gr gas checked cast boolit starting at 12.5 gr Unique and stopping at 14 grains. I had had 40 rounds made up so as to find the sweet spot for later refinement.

When I finished the cast loads at 50 yards, I moved the target out to 100 yards. But I had forgotten to bring a box of surplus ammo. I dug around in the bottom of my range bag and found three rounds of Chinese and one round of Bulgarian surplus.

This VKT shoots six inches high at 100 yards, so the blue tape you see is the point of aim. This is the result resting my elbows on the table with the hasty sling around my left arm. When I got home and cleaned it, I thought I'd take out a box of surplus and make a pic on my driveway before sunset--the ending to a wonderful range trip.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff254/CDFingers/m39target1.jpg

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Eat Dirt
05-15-2010, 8:16 AM
Nice Garden.


Nicer Rifle........

Mike A
05-15-2010, 2:43 PM
Good shootin', CD!

Is your VKT Valmet-produced on a Soviet or Czarist action, or is it on a Finnish action? I don't know much about Mosin-Nagants but am a great admirer of Valmet guns and Finnish steel in general. Have 3 Valmet shotguns (all 12s) and a big Saami-style camp knife, and a smaller "trout and bird" size knife. The Finns make very simple,functional stuff.

I recently learned that the Valmet O/U shotgun design, which I thought was a copy of the Remington Model 32, is actually from a French patent held by an exiled Czech designer. The Valmet, the Remington, and the Krieghoff were all "borrowed" from that patent when it ran out in the early 1930s.

CDFingers
05-16-2010, 5:07 AM
The shooting is good because the iron sights of these m39's are designed very well. ;-)

Mike A:

m39's provide a window on the history of Russia, the Soviet Union, and Finland.

Finland did not produce MN actions for the m39. Rather, all their m39 rifles used captured receivers, almost always from before 1899 for some reason.

This m39 uses an 1895 Ishevsk receiver.

These rifles are pretty nifty. Snag one if you can.

Here are a couple of neat sites.

http://7.62x54r.net/
about Mosin Nagants in general

http://www.mosinnagant.net/finland/default.asp
about Finnish Mosin Nagants specifically.

Enjoy!

CDFingers

Mike A
05-16-2010, 8:16 AM
Thanks, CD! I'll look out for one. The antique reciever is especially appealing--it ain't even a firearm! (Tell THAT to the Russians.....the ones that survived.).

BrianG
06-12-2010, 5:01 PM
Check out this site;
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www.gunsnammo.com
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They sell Finnish M-39s, both "modern" and "antique". The antique ones shoot just as well as the modern ones, and ship directly to your door without the need of an FFL transfer.

Did I mention that the ammo for them is the cheapest major caliber round available? Maybe fifteen cents a round for corrosive surplus (easily cleaned up after with windex) or go non-corrosive for twenty five cents a round from Wideners.

I'm not in business with them, just a very satisfied customer.

BrianG

mosinnagantm9130
06-12-2010, 5:08 PM
Did I mention that the ammo for them is the cheapest major caliber round available? Maybe fifteen cents a round for corrosive surplus (easily cleaned up after with windex) or go non-corrosive for twenty five cents a round from Wideners.



To my knowledge, there is no non-corrosive 7.62x54r surplus ammo. You should assume all surplus 54r is corrosive. The surplus ammo Wideners has is all corrosive.

BrianG
06-12-2010, 9:57 PM
Correct, there's no surplus 7.62x54 that's non-corrosive.

There is newly made 7.62x54 that's non-corrosive, here's a link;
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http://www.wideners.com/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=7122
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I've shot a lot of this stuff, normal cleaning takes care of the barrel. If it were corrosive, I'd know by now. It also mimics the Finnish loading with the 203 grain bullet weight, even though I'm pretty sure the Finns didn't issue soft point ammo.
BrianG

mosinnagantm9130
06-12-2010, 10:19 PM
Looks like a D166 copy. That's not a bad price at all.