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Old 08-16-2014, 10:29 PM   #11
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Go for the mosin. If you like the classics and want a Mauser, find one with the original chambering. As far as I'm concerned, that "near mint" thing goes right out the window with the calibre conversion. If it's the 308 you really want, just buy a modern 308 rifle
Pockets, it is actually a 7.62 X 51 MM. Not a .308. .308 has higher pressures than the 7.62 NATO round. It would also count as an original in the 7.62 chambering because it was done by the arsenal, not a commercial smith. They are refered to as Pattern 2s.

OP, whichever you decide, you should wind up with a decant rifle. For me it would be an easy choice (I already have a 1916 1st pattern), but either way you decide, see if you can talk the shop owner down in price a little. it never hurts to try.
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The price is rather......steep for an M38. *cough*

DO check muzzle for wear- many have been counterbored to remove eroded rifling at the muzzle.
Good advice. A friend recently bought a Mosin. I measured the bore at the muzzle at .318. He has had it out a few times to shoot it and is lucky to get 5-6 inch groups at 100 yards. That is with a scope, mounted using a scout mount that replaces the rear sight. I suggested he have a few inches cut off the barrel as it appears to have had excessive wear at the muzzle. He has already replaced the military wood stock with a fiberglass "sporter" stock, so he's considering it.
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I started my milsurp owning with old carcano carbine (still have one though diffrent 7.62x39 version) next 5 were Finnish surplus mosins and ex PLA typ 53, then i downsized the closet of surplus metric clunkers and wanted somthing more domesticated, in comes the supposed '.308' turns into buying a 7.62 rechamberd MAS49/56, after some reading up on the nifty chunk of machined steel i find it is best to only fire 7.62 NATO from its 10 box mag, time passes and i pass through the local gun shop to buy ammo and walk away with a free early 70's era Argentine 1891(◆T) mauser sporter, the mag would fit a .308 but it was strongly worded not to even think doing such a modification, the next was a Spanish 1916 brought over by a old friend to repay for help with a troubling firearms endevor.
So its funny how things turn out.

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Well it's been a while since I last posted,
Just wanted to let ya'all know that I went ahead and got the Mauser.
I ended up giving $200 for it and the guy tossed in 50 rounds of Aussie surplus ammo. the stock was very rough but It cleaned up nicely and shoots great!
I also have ran about 30 rounds of federal NATO rounds through it with no problems, checking each case upon ejection and have found no abnormality.

I replaced the trigger spring with a lighter one and have to admit that the little gun has one of the best two stage triggers I have ever seen on a milsurp weapon.

I have also replaced the rear sight with a cheap snap in Williams peep sighted in at about 4 inches high at 50 yards which puts it almost dead on at 300 yds

I think I like it
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I would have gone with the Mauser myself! Good choice.
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