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Old 05-30-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Mosin–Nagant, Fun to Shoot?

I have a chance to pick up a decent Mosin–Nagant for $150. I inspected the barrel and the rifling looks good. The overall condition looks all right. Sling carrier never installed. This gun was made in 1944 in the USSR by Tula.

My question is somewhat banal -- are these guns fun to shoot? I would not expect to get groups like I get with my Ruger SR556E, but can you hit stuff with it? Zaitsev killed a lot of Nazis with one of these, right?

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Old 05-30-2012, 09:22 PM   #2
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They actually hold some pretty nice groups in my experience. YMMV.
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Mine shoots great. Not like my AR. But they are different guns. I only paid $99 for mine at Cabelas. $150 sounds a little high. But your not talking about a huge diference. I would pick it up if I was you. You might try to haggle a little though.
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Fun is in the shoulder of the shooter.

Probably one of the most prolific service rifles....ever! 1891 to present.

approx 37,000,000 built

It has seen some action:

Boxer Rebellion
Russo-Japanese War
World War I
Finnish Civil War
Russian Revolution (1917)
Russian Civil War
Polish-Soviet War
Turkish War of Independence
Chinese Civil War
Spanish Civil War
Second Sino-Japanese War
Winter War
Continuation War
World War II
Great Patriotic War
First Indochina War
Korean War
Cuban Revolution
Yemeni Civil War
Vietnam War
Laotian Civil War
Cambodian Civil War
Cambodian–Vietnamese War
Thai–Laotian Border War
Afghan civil war
Soviet War in Afghanistan
Yugoslav Wars
First Chechen War
Second Chechen War
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Iraq War

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They are a blast to shoot.
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Mine (x3...1928 Soviet Tula 91/30 1937 Soviet Izhevsk 91/30, 1898 Imperial Tula 91) shoot pretty well and are a lot of fun. If you look around, you should be able to do better than $150. Mine were $79, $98, and $110, respectively.
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If you are talking $150.00 OTD then it is not badly out of line. But if you have to add tax, tag, and title to that, the rifle is overpriced. I fully believe that these rifles are worth that price, but you can buy one from one of many online sellers for under $100.00.

I really enjoy shooting them, and ammo is very inexpensive if you buy in bulk. Since I am a tightwad, the cheap shooting is a big draw.
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Hells yeah they're fun to shoot!! The bulk ammo isn't quite as accurate as the new factory stuff...more accurate than I am...but you just can't go wrong considering the price of the bulk...$70-$85 for 440. It's got a nifty kick to it and when the day is over, you know you've shot it!
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I went to the range with my first Mosin wondering the exact same thing.

I was resigned to shooting a mag, cleaning, and storing it.

I'm so glad I brought extra bullets. I shot that rifle all afternoon.
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$150.00 seems high unless the rifle is pretty clean and pristine. I just bought a 91/30 from Big 5 for $99.00 on sale and other than a little bit of gouging on the buttstock, this thing is clean.

Mosins are very fun to shoot, really loud, big fireball, especially on the carbines. How can you not respect a weapon that killed Nazis? ;-) The kick isn't too bad but you always put a rubber buttpad on it to soften the push.
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