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Mosin-Nagant M91/30 7.62X54R Excellent Condition
by Brandon S Date Added: Friday 08 March, 2013
Fantastic! Hex receiver stamped 1936; matching serial numbers on receiver, magazine, bayonet, and bolt. Came with the bayonet, disassembly tool/firing pin checker, oil/solvent bottle, and a few other cleaning pieces that I'm not really sure of how to use yet. Finish was nice and beautiful with only a few nicks and marks. Only light cosmoline build up, which was quick and easy to remove from all the metal pieces after disassembly and a bath in boiling water with mineral spirits. I'm still in the process of sweating out the cosmoline from the wood stock, but am in no hurry. ZERO sticky bolt issues!

I've had the rifle for a couple weeks now, but only had the chance to do some test firing today. I only had time to send 20 rounds down range (old mil-surp SPAM can ammo), but had zero issues with them. Recoil is lighter than I expected, though honestly I'm a 12ga shotgunner by day (figure of speech really; 12ga was the first firearm I ever shot, even before a 22lr, and is still my favorite). Recoil equates to the lightest 12ga target/skeet loads, so is very easy to deal with.

I can't comment on accuracy yet as I've not even had a chance to begin to sight in the thing. Ultimately I'll be mounting a cheap scope (just remember it must be a long eye relief scope like a pistol scope) and adding a recoil pad. Interestingly the steel butt plate didn't hurt at all, but like most Euro/Asian rifles this thing has a very short length of pull. In fact on one shot the back end of the bolt bit my nose a little. I noticed that I had to make myself aware of how close I was to the back of the bolt, and slightly readjust my grip accordingly. Probably due to the fact that I'm mostly unfamiliar with rifles, and more used to hugging into a shotgun and forcing a really tight cheek weld. For the most part this is a minor issue but could be a bit of a problem for folks who have monkey arms like me. Adding an extra inch to the length of pull should help quite a bit.

To be fair, here are a few negatives.... The rifle is definitely *not* in excellent condition. I'd say good to very good. Granted the stock is in excellent condition and looks sooooo beautiful. But the barrel, muzzle, and chamber are definitely *not* in excellent condition. The muzzle has been counter-bored, which suggests hundreds or thousands of rounds being fired. The outside of the barrel is pitted quite noticeably on the underside (which is not visible unless you completely disassemble the rifle), as is the inside of the barrel. The rifling is good, but the inside of the barrel is indeed pot-marked. I don't know how this will affect accuracy as I'm no where near that point yet. But honestly I don't expect it to be that bad and I don't really care too much.

For a cheap price, I have an 80yr old war relic from a time in the world's history that few people are still alive to remember. This rifle was definitely used in active service and may have even defended 'Mother Russia' from the Nazis. This is an antique that I will pass to my children one day. But first, I'm going to have some fun with it :)

5 Stars for the Mosin Nagant, 5 Stars for BudsGunShop, and 50 Stars for the USA!!!!!

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