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RUSSIAN HEX Mosin Nagant M91/30 7.62X54R
by Adam S Date Added: Tuesday 09 April, 2013
Received a 1931 Russian m91/30. Most numbers matching, import stamped, and completely doused in cosmoline. Initially the rifle looked just fine, as good as anyone can tell through a couple pounds of cosmoline. Took it home, took it apart, and immediately my heart sank. The entire length of the barrel and ESPECIALLY the receiver is rusted to high hell on the underside. Many of the moving parts, cam surfaces, and springs are rusted to the point where I'm not sure they would last if this rifle was fired. At first I thought it was just cosmoline, there is no way to tell for sure. After scrubbing with mineral spirits it became apparent. Managed to get the rust off, but the pitting is terrible. I can stick the whole lead tip of a ticonderoga pencil in many of these pits. There is also a good amount of rust inside the receiver. The Cleaning rod and butt plate are also corroding in the third degree. Inspecting the rifle further revealed it had been rearsenaled three times. Counterbored at least once. A split had been repaired, the shellac was in terrible repair... The only thing that looks acceptable on the rifle is the bolt. It looks about as good as my Mint veteran bringback M44. Go figure.

As far as I can tell, this rifle MIGHT function. If it does, and I am forced to keep it, it will need days upon days of restoration to be usable and sustainable. It will need metal work, sealing, and part replacement. This process will completely obliterate the historical appeal of this rifle. It will not look like a mosin. It will never have potential for a range-ready rifle I'm sure I just got the shortest effin' stick in the bunch and got extremely unlucky, but still. Bud's says its supplier inspects and rates these rifles at 80-90% condition. Having seen more than a handful of your standard import crate mosins, I wouldn't put this particular rifle much past a 20%.

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars! [1 of 5 Stars!]
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