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Lockwood2988
10-02-2013, 5:50 PM
I've been thinking of buying one these......seen a few at big 5 for sale (169.99).It will be my 1st bolt action rifle and I'm thinking it would be a fun gun to take to range and "play around" with.

So tell me anything you think I should know about these rifles....

Thanks!

serjm1a1
10-02-2013, 5:54 PM
I just picked up my first Mosin last month, Shot it at 100 yards, man, it was soooo much fun, love it! using the bolt action to re-chamber rounds is fantastic...also, loading one round at a time and slamming that bolt shut is also gnarly.....There is something to bolt actions.... historic bolt actions...cant get better than that....

ClassicalLib
10-02-2013, 6:21 PM
Well, Mosins are fun!

As you've probably read online, a 440 round "spam can" of surplus (corrosive) 7.62x54R runs about $90-$100 meaning big savings over a 308. Buy a crate of 2 to get the can opener. You can get this at the next crossroads or online (I don't think that execrable ban on online sales passed this year but I could be mistaken).

When you go to big 5 bring a mini maglite with you, pull out the bolt (open bolt, depress trigger, pull bolt back) and look at the bore. Some of them have a pretty rough bore (e.g. my 1934 hex) and some nice (my 1943 round). Pick the nicest of the lot if you have a choice.

If you live in the South Bay, Eddie's shooting sports always has a few for an extra $20... last time I checked, they were planning on buying a crate. The Chinese type 53 (when the Russians moved on to the SKS, they donated the Mosin tooling to there comrades) is a blast from what I've heard.

Anyway, for 160-200 how wrong can you go?

Capybara
10-02-2013, 6:30 PM
I'm not going to tell you squat but these guys will http://7.62x54r.net/

plumbum
10-02-2013, 8:11 PM
Best value for a centerfire rifle, even at current Big 5 prices.

I love all of mine!

hambam105
10-03-2013, 1:00 AM
Buy me a 440 rd. case of Ruskie 7.62X54R and I'll tell you all about it.

10mmOutdoors
10-03-2013, 3:20 AM
I have a few. Checkout the link that Capybara posted. I learned a lot there. The history behind these rifles is fascinating. The more you learn about them the more intriguing they are. I think these rifles will serve your intended use very well.

Look to "berserks9", here on Calguns. He's one of the best sellers of Mosin Nagants that I've ever dealt with. Top notch. Discipline is in order when buying Mosins. They can be like potato chips. All the best.

Kokopelli
10-03-2013, 4:55 AM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=831054 :innocent:

jarhead714
10-03-2013, 4:58 AM
How big a man are you? That determines whether it's fun or not.;)

Lockwood2988
10-03-2013, 9:13 AM
Thanks for the replies......pretty sure I'll be picking one up very soon

OneStepBehind
10-03-2013, 12:56 PM
Do yourself a favor, look in the marketplace for someone selling locally. No dros fee or wait, might even save a few dollars. My most recent one was an excellent 91/30 from a guy in San Jose and it looked MUCH better then the ones at Big 5. And the best part was the guy already cleaned off the cosmoline, which sucks to do.

thenodnarb
10-03-2013, 5:34 PM
169 is too much for a mosin. Look into antique mausers. There are some high quality mausers out there that don't even require an FFL because they are antiques and are 10 times the gun that the mosin is. Look into the 1891 argentine mauser. You might pick one up for under 200. Also consider lee enfields, and 98k mausers. Heck even the 1871 mausers are awesome(but ammo is unfortunately expensive or unavailable. roll your own).

mosinnagantm9130
10-03-2013, 5:40 PM
169 is too much for a mosin. Look into antique mausers. There are some high quality mausers out there that don't even require an FFL because they are antiques and are 10 times the gun that the mosin is. Look into the 1891 argentine mauser. You might pick one up for under 200. Also consider lee enfields, and 98k mausers. Heck even the 1871 mausers are awesome(but ammo is unfortunately expensive or unavailable. roll your own).

You're finding Argentine Mausers for under $200? You have a time machine or something?

7.65x53, .303 British and 7.92x57 are all more expensive than 7.62x54r.

TitanIsrael
10-05-2013, 1:23 AM
Capable of hitting a 1k Yards, nice recoil, goes thru 1/4 inch Diamond plate, ammo is plenty, 79.99 for 440 rds. Buy like 4 of them of if you can and have fun.

Swagman00
10-05-2013, 6:34 AM
Mosins are a hoot to shoot. It kinda starts you off of a BIG step as a first gun compared to a .22 LR.

Things I know now I wish I knew then:

- Buy cosmo covered gun and 440 round spam can. (I still remember the days when this was $200 flat...)
- Remove barrel and assembly and place in bucket of HOT water (fastest and easiest way to get all of that junk off). Wipe cosmo off of stock with a rag. Reassemble when done.
- Lubricate all areas of bolt, action and magazine. Run a boresnake of the stuff through the barrel.
- (optional) Sand the contact points where the bolt touches action for easier locking/unlocking. This will make extraction slightly easier.
- Take to the range. Remember to bring a towel, preferably a THICK one or your have a Mosin welt. Just drape it over your shoulder, use as a buffer, and be glad you have it.
- The milsurp steel will stick after a few rounds of firing. This is normal, so just smack it around till the bolt unlocks. Brass won't do this if you buy the good stuff.

Enjoy. :)

NOTABIKER
10-05-2013, 6:59 AM
169 is too much for a mosin. Look into antique mausers. There are some high quality mausers out there that don't even require an FFL because they are antiques and are 10 times the gun that the mosin is. Look into the 1891 argentine mauser. You might pick one up for under 200. Also consider lee enfields, and 98k mausers. Heck even the 1871 mausers are awesome(but ammo is unfortunately expensive or unavailable. roll your own).

NO get the Mosin, Mausers are for collectors. Mosins at .18c a round are for shooters.:p
GEE 10 times the gun. Mosin hater. skip the hate and just have fun with the indestructible mosin. had a Mauser once. got tired of feed and eject problems. except for stiff bolts mosins RULE.

hcbr
10-05-2013, 7:10 AM
just get one nuff said

Redneck Geek
10-05-2013, 7:44 AM
Ditto - just get one. Or two...

Marcus von W.
10-05-2013, 8:53 AM
It's hard to find a gun with this much history - and available affordable ammo - for under $200. It's a .30-06 class rifle, so plenty of long distance knock-down power. Very rugged and reliable too.

As of January 1, Steinberg, Yee, and all the other Marxist criminal deviates are going to be stirring your coffee with their greasy "long gun registration" dicks, so get as many classic military rifles -including Mosins - as you can before then.

Starting out with a basic 91/30 is a good idea if you are on a budget, but if you can spend a little more, get a sniper. A number of genuine WW2 Mosin snipers have been available for a little while that came through the Russian firm Molot (think of them as a Russian version of a combination of a manufacturer like Colt or Mossberg and a dealer in surplus arms like Century Arms) and at around $600 these are the best deal on a real WW2 combat sniper that radiates history like a Chernoble reactor.

Check the regular long guns marketplace forum here, and also the C&R one. Calguns member Dolk owns The Russian Mosin-Nagant Forum, and this - along with the C&R collectors forum here - are excellent places to go for information on these rifles.

I would also recommend one of the short, handy, attractive little M38 carbines. The M44 carbines are interesting also, and some Chinese made ones have been imported from Albania that are currently available and affordable.

cannon
10-05-2013, 1:28 PM
This is just MHO but...

Heavy, unbalanced, serf level workmanship, the exact opposite of ergonomic, sadistic stock and bad recoil management.

On the other hand... You'll never wear it out. They are wicked accurate. Inexpensive to buy and even less to shoot and overall a whole lot of fun.

10mmOutdoors
10-05-2013, 3:28 PM
This is just MHO but...

Heavy, unbalanced, serf level workmanship, the exact opposite of ergonomic, sadistic stock and bad recoil management.

On the other hand... You'll never wear it out. They are wicked accurate. Inexpensive to buy and even less to shoot and overall a whole lot of fun.

See, all of that brings the awesome, to me. I love the fact that these rifles are authentic and virtually indestructible.:)