Originally Posted by LUBrowningBoy
The hex receiver is characteristic of EARLY war production. During this period the Russians paid more attention to detail and tolerances and they were just "better" rifles all around.
Late war they were just focused on churning out as many rifles as they could and some even have the dovetail two piece buttstocks that the Japanese ended up doing witht their arisakas.
My rifle is a 1938 Tula Round receiver. great rifle, cheap and fun to shoot. I strongly suggest that everyone get one...can't go wrong.
Just make sure to clean the ever-loving sh!t out of it after you shoot. Most surplus ammo is very corrosive.
The only fudging the Soviets did on the wartime rifles was skipping the final polishing on the parts. Machining marks are usual on the wartime guns. The older ones, or post war ones are prettier, but not any better, from a function or reliability point of view.
$120.00 for a arsenal refurbished .30 caliber rifle with more muzzle energy than a 30.06 is a bargain. Keep it original and it will gain in value rapidly.
The supply of these rifles is thinning out. Those who don't get one will be whining about the prices in the good old days before long.