Just got back from the range where I tried out my new mosin for the first time, and let me tell you, I have a new respect for the Russian soldiers who used these things. Maybe I'm a wimp, maybe I'm inexperienced with old bolt rifles, but that thing kicked like a mule! I'm pretty sure my shoulder will be bruised. But it was still a blast to shoot, no pun intended.
I didn't bring my targets home cause they were the stick on shoot and see type but I had a good group at 50 yards with 3 shots within a 1" square, shooting rested. Out at 100 yards it wasn't as good. I did get a bullseye and the rest were within 5 inches. I think that was probably due to me anticipating the shot too much. I wasn't expecting it to have that much recoil and by the time I was shooting at 100 yards my shoulder was hurting. But No excuses. Was the bullseye just luck?.... Probably. Lol. It'll take a little getting used to shooting a rifle that powerful.
I also took out the new ar I just built and had some trouble with it not cycling. By the time I figured it was probably gas port/tube alignment and got it shooting, I guess the gas block roll pin fell out and that put an end to the ar fun. So hopefully I'll pop a new one in before my next trip and it'll stay and the gun will cycle properly.
All in all, fun day at the range. Gonna go ice my shoulder now.