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Old 06-01-2013, 12:04 AM   #1
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Anybody have any experience with these before? There's a guy selling a pair on Armslist and I guess I really just want to know if I should save the money and get an m44. They're pretty beat up and he's letting them go for a good price (I think) he wants between 120-180 depending on the two that I pick out. I want to refinish one and put the other in that new archangel stock. I heard the carbines work better than the 91/30 flagpoles.

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Old 06-02-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Well they're in REALLY bad shape, so I worked him on the price a little bit, but not much. He said he would do 2 for 260 shipped. I figure it'll be a cool project for me, as I've been looking for project guns for a while. I just hope I'm not in over my head which I very well may be lol. He said the triggers were good and so were the bores, and I'm taking his word for it (hope thats not dumb of me!) Here's some pictures:

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sorry here they are

t53.jpg   t53-1.jpg   t53-2.jpg   t53-3.jpg   t53-4.jpg  

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Yup definitely a project. Have fun.

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For $260 you can get an almost mint Russian M44 from either classicfirearms.com or J&G Sales. But if you are looking for a project you can find these Chinese Type 53's in the $99-$125 range. They are all pretty much beat to hell wood and decent metal parts so no need to pay top dollar for any.

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I just got a closer look at the pictures, I'd pass on them.

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I would pass. Looks like they are in worse shape than just "rough". Once you spend the money to re-do them, you are going to spend a total close to double what they are worth in good condition.

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I would pass. Looks like they are in worse shape than just "rough". Once you spend the money to re-do them, you are going to spend a total close to double what they are worth in good condition.
Well it's the money and the experience. I'm not buying them to refinish and sell, I'm buying them for a project. I know they're In bad shape but I think that will add to the satisfaction of when they are done. I guess my real question now is if you guys think I can fix all that pitting on the bolt handles, it's really where most of the trouble areas are.
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That looks like some deep rust and pitting... I'd say you have a 50% chance of having it come out OK.

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If the bolt and receiver is any indication of what the barrel looks like I'd pass. Buds Guns has Chinese Type 53s in much better shape for $119.00. They have M44s and M38s as well.

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