Originally Posted by gshunsbergerjr
I have been looking at Mosins for a while. I would like to put a synthetic stock on it(to replace the cosmoline oozing wood and make it lighter), clean out the bolt(to stop the bolt from sticking), and placing a scope with mount without any drilling. Would the barrel on the 91/30 be too long and the m44 or m38 be better? I am also looking for a inexpensive way to start hunting.
91-30s are cheap. M44s are a little more. IMO,
it depends on whether you prefer long rifles
to the shorter carbine. I find the M44 to be a handy
truck gun. M38s are a lot harder to find, and more costly.
The ammo's even cheaper in bulk. 440 round "spam cans"
are @ 85$, before shipping.
You should look into completely field-stripping the rifle
and cleaning off the cosmo before you use it. One of mine hadn't
been cleaned since it was shipped from the factory in 1955. To
be kind, they were generous with the cosmoline.