I suggest for anyone who doesn't have a few of these yet to grab one or two. The price on these things, along with their ammo is only going to go up in the future. Unless Hussein signs an Executive Order and bans their importation all together. Remember how cheap the SKS's used to be?
My LGS has a deal running for a Mosin Nagant rifle and 440 rds of ammo for $199 does this sound like a good deal and what do you look for to choose a 'good one'?
That's a fair price, but not a great one. A 440 round tin of Com-Block ammo goes for around $80.00, and about the same for a rifle. Hex receiver Tula manufactured rifles are a bit more desirable than the round receiver models. And most all should come with accessories. I got these 2 from Classic Arms. Both are hex receiver Tula guns that cost around $80.00 at the time.
Nice pics, nice guns. I'm not sure, but I don't believe that the deal includes the accessories or bayonets. I see the accessories in the pictures but what all are they and besides historical value are they of much use? I know I'd want a bayonet but the other items I'm not sure how much they would matter to me.