My first Mosin Nagant. She's may not be anything special to anyone else; but she's all mine, the price was right (gift from my father in law), she's (finally) cosmo free and ready for the range! LGS had a sale on the rifle and 440 rounds of ammo (have I heard them called "Spam Cans"? Seems fitting.) for $199 total.
1942 Tula M91/30, forced match, counter bored, rifling is there but looks a little rounded/worn. Finish is mostly good just a few blemishes and only two tiny areas of rust that I've already jumped all over.
Seems like it was 'ridden hard and put away wet' ... er well dirty I guess. I expected to have to clean out some cosmoline but was not expecting such bad fouling this was just the bore / barrel cleaning.
I do have a couple of questions for anyone more experienced with Mosins than I: What can I do or polish to make opening the bolt / cocking smoother and easier? I don't have the bolt tool is there a measurement for how far the firing pin should protrude? Given the year and the fact that it was counterbored and seems worn, is it likely this rifle was used in WWII, or could it have really been used anytime? When I removed the upper hand guard there was some kind of oily paper or tape at each end almost like what would be done with cork, has anyone else seen this? And lastly when I chamber a round then extract it most of the time it scrapes away two lines in the case from the left side (as you look down at the rifle).
Is this a common problem, should I try to figure it out and fix it, or leave it alone at least until I want to reload? My only concern for now is the shavings that can and do seem to stay behind from these scrapings building up or causing problems or damage to my chamber.*If I 'play' with the bolt back and forth after the round is free from the mag and then as I extract it doesn't seem to do it, or at least not as bad.
I can't wait to take it out and see how it shoots! Thanks for viewing and any help!