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#1 Old 12-26-2012, 12:29 PM
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Wtb mosin nagant 91/30

Hey guys,wondering if any of y'all wanted to sell your mosin. I'm also looking for any pros and cons y'all have experienced with the gun. Thanks!


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My 2¢

Great guns!! Mosins are cheap, simple & relatively easy to clean. Very few moving parts = very reliable, as long as you clean whatever they put on the guns to store them - most from a Big 5 will be straight from surplus storage and need a thorough wipe down.

Pros
-Accurate as hell - iron sites can get you 700+ yards once properly sited
-Cheap and thus replacement parts are cheap, plus sportster (new, light weight) stocks are pretty common and easy to come across if you want to get rid of the wood stock
-Strong. The 7.62x54 (known in the US as .308) will take down some pretty large game - anything under 600 or 700 lbs wouldn't stand much of a chance.
- Stripper clips - a thin piece of metal made for quick reloads, put right above the open bolt & push the five rounds down in to the clip. Russian stripper clips are the best, though a bit rare.
-Made for war - Many don't agree but I personally find that guns made for war are stronger, sturdier and simpler, all plus's in my book. Recreation rifles can be finnicky and over designed.

Cons
-Old rifle = old hardware. Sometimes you have to muscle those bastards through a round, which means piecing it apart, sanding it down to a fine shine & refinishing (or just muscling through it
-Heavy - if you plan on hunting, know that the ammo is heavy and so is the rifle. But that makes for much more damage per round.
- Loud - All guns are loud but these things SCREAM - even send a 2ft firebolt out when shot at night, so very easily spotted by site and honed in on by sound.
- Kick like a mule. You can add rubber stoppers & such to decrease kick (which definitely help) but be ready for some bruising on your shooting shoulder after a couple hundred rounds.
- Most scopes get in the way of stripper clips. Only the Scout Scope, mounted in front of the bolt, allow for stripper clips.

Over all a great gun, especially for the ridiculously low price. They fly off the shelves when stocked in stores. Really popular. Great for hunting or as a back up/give to a friend when SHTF. Can't go wrong with a Mosin. Happy hunting!

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My buddy had one and..... dont.....EVER......Shoot it one handed lmao.

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One other note - the bolt requires a bit of tweaking if you plan to use any optics... great gun though - I plan to get one ASAP.

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^ you can avoid that if you run a scout scope setup....great rifle for super cheap with really cheap ammo you cant go wrong
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Yah. Looked at one in the store before Christmas and will probably buy it this week fro the store if no private owners want to sell. I plan on bending the bolt down and not running stripper clips just good old fashion pushing them in so the scope won't really bother me. Thanks for the info guys keep it coming!


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Congrats on wanting a 91/30! Great rifle and ammo is cheap in bulk.

I would suggest some reading about how to remove your rifle from suspended animation as well as how to refinish the stock and other wood furniture.

When I re-did mine, I spent a great deal of time reading in this section of Guns and Game forums: http://www.gunandgame.com/forums/mosin-nagant/

Lots of good information in those threads. Especially the stickies at the top.

I'm going to say, that if you plan on just "wiping it down" or merely running a series of patches soaked with Hoppes #9, you're going to be also doing a lot of laundry as the cosmoline will be all over your shirt/jacket, hat, face, etc.

Cosmoline is a preservative (think Vasoline on steroids). When these rifles came off the lines and got put into storage, they were dipped in boiling barrels of cosmoline. They were then put away and never heard from again until they got sold off by the case. That cosmoline penetrates the woods, gets into every single nook and cranny in that rifle. This is a good things. It prevents rust and wood rot. But it's a PITA to get out.

Here's mine pre and post cleaning/refinishing: http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/bolt-gu...ml#post3156683

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