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Old 11-14-2011, 03:54 PM   #11
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I've seen them for as low as $89.00 at Dunhams but they aren't in the best condition from what I seen at my local Dunhams
Mine is a 1938 Tula, all matching numbers, severely pitted bore, still hits beer cans at 100 yards, and cost me 120 before ammo.

If you find non matching rifles and they're markedly cheaper, the only numbers I would worry about are the bolt and receiver. I'm pretty sure my butt plate is some type of force match, as it has a double struck digit and the number style is different from the rest of the stampings.
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The Izhevsk round reciever is the most common and shoots as well as any except the Finns. Try to find one with a crisp bore. For a little more $$$ you can get a laminated stock which is less prone to warpage. If they have been rearsenaled, matching numbers only adds to value for resale. The 91/30 tends to be more accurate than the carbines. Hex recievers are generally a little more $$ only because there are fewer of them. If they were made before 1945 there is a good chance they were used in battle. Dunhams south of me has very nice Mosins for $89.95. Dunhams west of me has Junk for the same price. Dunhams occasionaly has a sale for $10 less. Gander Mtn wants $179.95 for average at best 91/30s. They are all over the web for $90 but add shipping and FFL fees. I bought 3 from Aim Surplus for $69.95 that were as nice as any I've seen but they are $79.9? now. It really doesn't matter which one you choose now because it will more than likely only be the first of more.

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A nice starter would be an $89.00 hex receiver from J&G or Aim. The hexes are older and machined nicer. For about $10.00 less you can buy a wartime 91/30 usually a 42 or 43 as they were the most prolific.

Depending on where you live, gun shows can usually produce one for under $100.00 OTD.

The M-1944s (carbines with the on-board bayonetts) have gotten fairly pricey, in the $150.00 to $200.00 range, but they are a hoot to shoot.

Until you see whether you are going to like them (some do/some don't) I wouldn't spend a lot of money on the rifle.

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There are other Finn rifles. Finned 91/30's, M27, M28, Target models. You can't go wrong w/ any model. There is a Koozie purchase/ Finn 91/30 raffle in the clubhouse. There is a sticky.

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I'm really looking just for a shooter. Got to shoot my first one a couple of weeks ago and absolutely loved it. If its something I shoot a lot ill end up getting one as a collection piece.

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I would just go to a gun show, or a local store where they sell them, inspect each one in turn, pay the best price you can meaning $120 or less (anything more for a basic Tula or Ischevesk 91/30 is a bit steep). Make sure you get the full kit, especially the wrench/firing pin gauge.

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If you go to the Club house in this forum you can buy an FTF koozie and you get a free chance on one of the best Mosins ever built plus, more importantly, you help a fellow forum through some hard times.

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Well boys, bought one today. 1939, tula arsenal, never been fired, laminate stock, ammo pouch, sling and bayonet. $85

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Well boys, bought one today. 1939, tula arsenal, never been fired, laminate stock, ammo pouch, sling and bayonet. $85
Maybe not fired since the refurb, but there is almost certain chance that a Soviet rifle made in '39, was not only fired, but fired at some German. The Russians were always short of rifles, none sat in storage during the war.
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Have you seen "Enemy at the gates"? In the earlier scenes when they were giving ammo to soldiers and telling them to find their rifle on the battlefield? Yeah, that was actually pretty accurate.

Give us some pics brother. And check out the sticky on cleaning the Mosin, it's quite useful.

Did you get the firing pin wrench/screwdriver combo tool? That's pretty much a must have.

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