Originally Posted by Fathead00
Our friend that has 3 of them, told me to check the serial numbers too. Would you check them?
Matching serial numbers adds $3 in value to the rifle.
Seriously, check for matching numbers on receiver, butt plate, bolt, trigger housing (I think) and bayonet. They should all match but the bayo is iffy...many of these rifles ship in crates of 50 or more and the accessories are just bundled in the crate, few dealers go to the trouble of matching them up but if it matches it's gravy.
In addition to what NC said above about checking the bore for good rifling make sure you give the stock a thorough inspection. Look for signs of obvious repair (different wood types or color), cracks, chips, etc. With the bolt out check the sear and trigger for any excess wear or damage. Also check the muzzle for any damage to the crown...these guns were shipped with steel cleaning rods that went in through the muzzle and damaged the rifling, many were counter-bored during armory refurbishment to repair the damage but with 20 million or so rifles in circulation a few may have been missed.
Most important...don't go too crazy trying to find a perfect mint condition rifle, ruggedness and durability are what they were built for, the Mosin Nagant is a minute-of-man shooter at best and half the fun is the flash and the boom. I shoot the bejeezus out of mine, have a blast doing it and hardly get it on paper at over 100 yards.