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blkA4alb
04-07-2013, 8:06 PM
With the ammo situation what it is today..7.62x54R seemed like a reasonable caliber to add to the collection. I picked up this 91/30 from another member today for $150.

Made in 1943, Izhevsk, round receiver, wood is in great shape, rifling looks sharp, didn't see any pitting or rust. Looks like it has "forced" matching numbers (the mag has a different number crossed out with a new one stamped on.)

Don't know much more beyond that.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h65/blkA4alb/Guns/file_zps10841c6e.jpg

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JLMXD
04-07-2013, 8:21 PM
great pickup. cant go wrong with these rifles. looks great.

Enfield47
04-07-2013, 9:08 PM
Congrats, looks like it's in pretty good condition.

w55
04-07-2013, 9:18 PM
Have fun...now grab a tin of 440 rounds!

russt
04-08-2013, 1:19 AM
Sweet gun, go get some ammo and blast away! Congrats!

Marcus von W.
04-08-2013, 1:58 AM
Nice looking rifle....looks like it has a WW2 stock also. It's a .30-06 class rifle with a distinguished combat history, that you can still find original military ammo for and actually afford to shoot. Can't go wrong with that!

Bobby Ricigliano
04-08-2013, 8:04 AM
Force matched floor plates are common and not a concern.

The stock and bluing look excellent. A typical wartime MN that should make a great shooter. As said above, grab a spam can of ammo. It will last you for many shooting trips.

NOTABIKER
04-08-2013, 9:33 AM
very nice mosin , this is the most cost effective powerful rifle you can own and shoot today. nothing close to it.

Bobby Ricigliano
04-08-2013, 9:46 AM
very nice mosin , this is the most cost effective powerful rifle you can own and shoot today. nothing close to it.

I agree. Tons of history, affordable, and an absolute blast to shoot!

blkA4alb
04-08-2013, 9:52 AM
Thanks guys. I'll be ordering a can of spam today! Hopefully it will be here by Sunday when I go to the range, otherwise I'll be stuck buying a box of 20 rounds for $25 from Big 5. :rolleyes: Not shooting it is not an option though. ;) I'm excited!

I made sure to watch a few videos about what to look for when buying a mosin, so I wasn't worried about the forced matching numbers.

Stripped the gun down after those pictures were taken and cleaned the remaining cosmo out. I put about 25 patches through the bore with a mixture of light solvents and it still looks pretty dirty.

Stripped the bolt down, cleaned and lubed it too. I also need to order a "mosin tool" to check firing pin depth. The rifle only came with the bayonet.

I cleaned the stock with some rubbing alcohol and put a coat of tung oil on it last night. We'll see how it looks today. :)

Harold1950
04-08-2013, 10:08 AM
You'll like the Mosin. If it is like the one I bought (mine is a 1937 Tula with a hex receiver) it will shoot about 8-12 inches high unless the front sight has been redone/replaced. The original front sight post is too short (I think that is what it is, get the height confused but I think it needs to be made longer). The Russians during WWII supposedly sighted it in with the bayonet but when I tried shooting it with the bayo, don't remember it making that much difference as far as POI, it was still high. My serial numbers didn't match either so I bought a headspace guage to make sure that was good and got the tools with it when I bought The rifle. If you were close, we could check the headspace and you could check the firing pin adjustment with my tools. There is a guy on EBay that sells "altered" front sights for about 40-50 dollars just do a search for Mosin front sights and if he still does it you will find him. Or you can buy a drill and tap to do it yourself, that is what I did and I am now 1" high at 25 yards (which is where I want to be) that should put me fairly close at 200 yards. Just haven't shot it out that far yet. Enjoy it, it is a fun rifle and close to/similar to a 30-06 in recoil but cheaper to shoot. Good luck with it. Have a good one Harold

rsmorgan
04-08-2013, 12:34 PM
If you shoot "spam can" ammo be sure to clean it correctly since the stuff is highly corrosive. Lots of ways of getting the salts out of the bore, but the basic idea is to clean with something that has water in it (Windex seems about as good as anything else), dry and then get some oil on the bore ASAP.

big103
04-08-2013, 12:44 PM
Nice looking nagant.

Timbob55
04-08-2013, 2:17 PM
7.62x54r.net

All you ever wanted to know about Mosin Nagants can be found there.

Caribouriver
04-08-2013, 2:48 PM
Be careful using alcohol on the stock as it is likely shellac and alcohol cuts shellac. Keep solvents like brake cleaner away from the wood too cause it will make a mess. I put a dab of JB Weld on my front sight. It lowered the POI. If you put too much on, you can file it down.

blkA4alb
04-08-2013, 4:09 PM
Thanks for the tips guys. I ended up ordering 500 rounds of non-corrosive Novosbirsk ammo for $200. A little less than twice as much as a spam can, but for how much I think I'll actually shoot this it should last awhile. I'll probably get a spam can to have on hand anyways.

Here are some pictures after the cleanup.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h65/blkA4alb/Guns/file_zps84c54363.jpg

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http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h65/blkA4alb/Guns/file_zpsb3081856.jpg

hambam105
04-08-2013, 10:01 PM
One Mosin? One. Just one? You sure? Just one. One round steel wooden stock Mowe-Seen-Nag-et rifle. Ahh,those were the days. Can anyone else remember back that far when you owned, 'just one', Mosin Nagant?

pooberto
04-08-2013, 10:17 PM
Picked one up as well! Your's looks cleaner for sure! Must have gotten there earlier than me! Good pick up!

Wee Gussie
04-08-2013, 11:27 PM
Thanks for the tips guys. I ended up ordering 500 rounds of non-corrosive Novosbirsk ammo for $200. A little less than twice as much as a spam can, but for how much I think I'll actually shoot this it should last awhile. I'll probably get a spam can to have on hand anyways.

Here are some pictures after the cleanup.


Oh, what a sexy girl ... shoot that rascal. Mine is called Елена.

Wee Gussie
04-08-2013, 11:30 PM
One Mosin? One. Just one? You sure? Just one. One round steel wooden stock Mowe-Seen-Nag-et rifle. Ahh,those were the days. Can anyone else remember back that far when you owned, 'just one', Mosin Nagant?

LMAO! No one owns just one ...


Anybody?


(crickets chirping)

89 Vision
04-09-2013, 3:06 AM
Welcome to the Mosin club! I love a lot of different C&Rs, but these are a fun bunch of rifles to collect. So many weird variations and models with different markings. They kinda remind me of baseball card collecting when I was a kid.

NOTABIKER
04-09-2013, 5:46 AM
i am down to only 4 right now. had about 8 or 9 at one time. i never sold one because i did not like them. cash flow or wanting something else at the time. i now am concentrating on mosins and SKSs.

Bobby Ricigliano
04-09-2013, 5:55 AM
OP, your Mosin looks fantastic. I don't think anyone ever buys a Mosin and then keeps just one. At the very least you will need a M44 to round out your collection. Shorter, meaner, and LOUDER! I bought my first Mosin a little more than a year ago and I have 8 now. If I had more money and space I'd have 20 of them.

DennisCA
04-09-2013, 9:01 AM
Very nice gun - enjoy!
Here's a link you may find interesting:
http://62x54r.net/
And more thing, this world you just entered - It's addicting!

blkA4alb
04-09-2013, 9:49 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome to the Mosin community.

Those M44s sure do look nice! Then again...a scope would be nice too. :D

the_tunaman
04-09-2013, 10:04 PM
Looks beautiful - congratulations and enjoy!