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Mosin-Nagant M91/30 7.62X54R Excellent Condition
by Jacob W Date Added: Friday 08 March, 2013
Ordered an "Excellent Condition." Got a 1931 Izhevsk with a hex receiver. Serial numbers match. Appears to be Soviet Refurbished, with a light coat of oil and only a little cosmoline in the crevices.

The condition of the gun was just below what I would consider excellent. It had clearly been fired a bit, as evidenced by the blackening on the stock by the receiver and muzzle, but otherwise the stock was in beautiful condition, save for a few scratches here and there. When I took it down, I found two rust spots on the barrel, and quite a bit under the butt plate. The barrel also had spots that had been touched up with cold blue, and which rubbed off with the rust. All of this work appeared to be old. I'm not too bothered about the butt plate, since I am replacing that with a synthetic one to absorb a little more recoil. But I would recommend that anyone purchasing one of these take it down first and examine it for rust.

The cleaning rod and other screws were difficult to undo the first time, as were the barrel bands, but that is to be expected after so many decades. After getting all of them apart, they are easy to take on and off now.

For initial cleaning, given the lack of cosmoline, I highly recommend Target's Method brand Wood for Good cleaner for the stock. For the metal parts (which should always be separated from the wood for cleaning), I used Hoppe's 9 to take the initial grease and rust off, together with some 0000 steel wool (for the rust), then I had to touch up some of the spots around the rust with Birchwood Casey Cold Blue paste, and finished off with Breakfree CLP as a lubricant, protectant.

I am giving this product 4 stars. It does have a hex receiver, but it also had some rust spots. I might have graded it very good myself.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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