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Old 12-03-2012, 11:11 AM
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This would be my first mosin. I'm looking to buy it from my local big5.

Is it worth it to buy the ~$500 "marksmen" model with the scope, over the ~$120 regular model with the iron sights?

I've seen on accumounts.com or whatever that I could buy the scope mount/scope and found a couple places that offer modifying the bolt handle for about $60.

Are the models with the scope typically better quality/condition or anything? Either way I would like to wait to find a hex bolt model if possible.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:26 AM
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This would be my first mosin. I'm looking to buy it from my local big5.

Is it worth it to buy the ~$500 "marksmen" model with the scope, over the ~$120 regular model with the iron sights?

I've seen on accumounts.com or whatever that I could buy the scope mount/scope and found a couple places that offer modifying the bolt handle for about $60.

Are the models with the scope typically better quality/condition or anything? Either way I would like to wait to find a hex bolt model if possible.
just buy the $120 one. Be sure to ask if they have several you can choose from. Look for one that has the "hex" receiver (not the round). Check the bore, the rifling, matching numbers, stock condition, etc.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:30 AM
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In my opinion I don't think any Mosin is worth $500.
If your looking for nostalgia/a museum piece maybe... but I think there are other historical rifles that would probably be better.

I think the best attribute of the Mosin is that it's inexpensive.
Cheap to buy, cheap to shoot (surplus).

I say just buy 4 of the cheap ones for $500
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:01 PM
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thanks that's kind of what I was thinking. How much all in would it cost roughly to duplicate the scope setup on the more expensive model?
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:43 PM
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Have fun getting that cosmoline off.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:49 PM
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The brass stacker is a good mosin scout mount. Most mounts are garbage.
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Old 12-03-2012, 1:48 PM
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Don't just buy one, but 4 more
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Old 12-03-2012, 1:50 PM
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For a first Mosin, just get a run of the mill 91/30. If you hellbent on getting a sniper model, you might as well get a "real" one. The versions that Big5 sells is a repro and has little to no collector value. A few months ago a shipment of refurbished snipers came into the country. The price was around $600 so just a bit more than what Big5 is selling for. Try to find one of these instead, it will be more historical, collectable, and probably more accurate too. I have two and can attest to them.
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Old 12-03-2012, 1:52 PM
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Get a finnish mosin from Patricia, then a scope mount base from S&K
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Old 12-03-2012, 2:03 PM
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For a first mosin get the cheap one. I bought a scope mount at a gun show that replaced the rear sight. Then I put on a bushnell scope. Didn't cost much and I can remove the scope mount and replace the original sight anytime I want. So I dont consider it a "Bubba Job"
The scope is better than my original Mosin sniper scope for long distance shooting as it is stronger and the crosshairs make it more accurate for me.
For a first Mosin, if you want a scope I would do that.
Of course, later get a Mosin sniper with the PU scope if you can, they are really cool and fun to shoot.
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just practice with the irons you don't need a scope
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just practice with the irons you don't need a scope
my sks has irons and I don't plan on changing that, my ar15 has irons and I like them but plan to scope it eventually.

the mosin with the scope I think looks a lot cooler, if I just wanted to shoot something cheap with iron sights at 100 yards I'd just use the SKS, I think it would be a fun challenge to use a mosin with a period correct style scope
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Old 12-03-2012, 5:04 PM
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if you are willing to buy a $500 fake sniper, you should buy a finnish mosin first. You can probably get better groups with a Finn
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if you are willing to buy a $500 fake sniper, you should buy a finnish mosin first. You can probably get better groups with a Finn
interesting, thanks
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