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Pthfndr
02-04-2012, 6:59 PM
At the long range practice for the NCPPRC tactical rifle match today I took my Finn M39 and a Finn 91/30 just to check zero on them at 200 yards before the serious work with my tactical bolt gun (a Tikka 595 in 7-08)

I've had the 91/30 for maybe 10 or 11 years. It was one of the first C&R rifles I acquired, before I even had a C&R license. I bought it as part of a package deal of, IIRC 9 or 10 Finnish rifles from a member here who was going overseas. The M39 and 91/30 are the only 2 of the bunch I still have.

I shoot hand loads in everything. But I don't think I've done much more than move the 91/30 around in the safe for the last 6-8 years.

Starting at the 200 yard line I fire a round from the M39. It's high and little left so I lowered the sight from the 200 meter setting to the 150 meter setting and shot a few more rounds. It's close enough.

Then I got out the 91/30. Quite honestly I wasn't sure what to expect. It had been so long since I shot the rifle I couldn't remember how accurate it was. But I must have kept it for some reason, right? And the hand loads (Sierra .311 174gr HPBT over 46.5gr of RL15) had been sitting on the shelf for at least 5 years.

First shot is 3" high, 3" right from dead center. I like it!
Second shot goes through the 3" spotter disc - 1/2" lower. I like it more!
Third shot goes through the 3" spotter disc - 3/4" higher than the first shot. I like it a LOT!
Fourth shot is 2-1/2" lower than the first, but closer to center. I'm loving it!
The fifth shot opened the group about 4" to the left, but still caught the 10 ring. Dang, this thing shoots!

So, I put them away and continue the rest of practice with my Tikka 7-08. We finish up at the 1000 yard line (yes, thousand yard). Others are still shooting and I'm thinking.....I got to try it with the Mosin.

I get it back out. I was actually pretty sure it wouldn't go well. The bullets probably only had a muzzle velocity of 2500-2600 feet per second and the 174 is not quite as good ballistically as the 175gr Match King. But what the heck.

The wind is blowing about 7-9 mph, not quite a full value (I had been using 1-1/2 mils left hold with my Tikka 7-08 using a 162gr AMAX). I figured I would need to hold (aim) about 7 feet to the left of my target.

I set the rear sight at the 900 meter mark. I couldn't even hardly see the target with the naked eye at that distance, So I held at the top of the target number board. My first round was a couple feet high and about 2-1/2 feet to the right (off paper). My second round had better elevation, but was still 18" to the right. My third shot I may have jerked the trigger because it hit low in the berm. Or maybe it was the ammo. My fourth shot was a little more than a foot low, but the wind must have let off some because it was almost 3 feet left.

I almost stopped, but I decided to try one more shot....YES! Got it!. Maybe a foot low, but in the 8 ring. this on a target that measures 42"tall by 24" wide.

Both my LR prone rifle and my tactical rifle are modern Tikkas. I love them. Smooth as silk actions and wonderfully accurate. When I got home I started thinking about the 91/30. Hmmm, could it be? I went and got it out of the case and looked at the receiver....It's a TIKKA!

Oh, and I have about 30 witnesses, a picture of my target, and the guy marking my target wrote his name on it. He marked all the 200 yard shots with a big M for me so I would know which ones were the Mosin.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/Pthfndr/1KMosin.jpg

mosinnagantm9130
02-04-2012, 7:03 PM
How can you post this thread without pics and specs of this Tikka 91/30? :p

Hex? Round? 43? 44?

Pthfndr
02-04-2012, 7:29 PM
How can you post this thread without pics and specs of this Tikka 91/30? :p

Hex? Round? 43? 44?

It's a round 44

And it's gorgeous :)

mosinnagantm9130
02-04-2012, 7:33 PM
It's a round 44

And it's gorgeous :)

.....and I'm jealous!

G-Man WC
02-04-2012, 7:42 PM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f134/gkolokousis/rlee.gif

Flyin Brian
02-04-2012, 8:25 PM
That's not fair Rob, now all the Russian Mosin owners are going to think their '42 Izhevsk is a match rifle!! :D

Sounds like you had a fun day!!

Pete1979
02-04-2012, 9:01 PM
That's not fair Rob, now all the Russian Mosin owners are going to think their '42 Izhevsk is a match rifle!! :D

Sounds like you had a fun day!!

I have a "42 Izhevsk, the receiver is rough enough to strike matches off of but that's about all its good for, the muzzle measures about .314...

ElvenSoul
02-04-2012, 9:39 PM
You should buy a lotto ticket!

Pthfndr
02-05-2012, 5:16 PM
As requested, pics of rifle

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/Pthfndr/Curios%20and%20Relics/Finnish%20Mosin%20Nagant%2091%2030/20120205_1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/Pthfndr/Curios%20and%20Relics/Finnish%20Mosin%20Nagant%2091%2030/20120205_4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/Pthfndr/Curios%20and%20Relics/Finnish%20Mosin%20Nagant%2091%2030/20120205_3.jpg

big103
02-05-2012, 6:53 PM
Nice looking Finn 91/30.


Pretty cool you took it out, and stretched it`s legs.

G-Man WC
02-05-2012, 7:12 PM
One sweet lookin Fin you have there sir. Round receiver..., SA marked TikKa. She's a 10. -g

RugerNo1
02-05-2012, 7:17 PM
Pics or it didn't....oh wait...:tt2::D

Good shooting and I grow ever more envious every time I see pics of the back porch.

Pthfndr
02-05-2012, 7:24 PM
Pics or it didn't....oh wait...:tt2::D

Good shooting and I grow ever more envious every time I see pics of the back porch.

Then this will probably make you even more envious. About 25 yards from the house.

RugerNo1
02-05-2012, 7:46 PM
:rofl:

Yah, you are correct in that matter. I can only hope to, some day, be able to afford a house with tall trees all around.

joefrank64k
02-05-2012, 8:05 PM
Nice shooting (you and the rifle!)...