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Djaks101 08-10-2011 01:21 AM

What to buy
I am turning 18 soon and I want to buy a gun. I am a history nut and i think it would be cool to own a WWII era surplus rifle. I don't have much money to spend on it unfortunatly and want to stay under $200 unless my parents chip in as a bday gift (unlikely). I have looked a bit into the various mosins and the yugo mausers. Both seem to fit what i want, cheap gun, cheap ammo. I'm looking for any advice on which is better for a fun gun to take to a range or to shoot out in the middle of nowhere. I have shot guns before mostly a ruger 10/22 but i have shot a 30-06 a few times and i am not to worried about the recoil. Thanks for the help in advance.

Sniper03 08-10-2011 02:39 AM


I guess the main consideration is the tight budget you mentioned. That brings us to the point that something like the 17 HMR Rifle might be a good choice for you to start. My logic with that is the 17 HMR has a velocity of 2500 feet per second is very accurate and a great little rifle. At 100-150 yards as well as great for small varmint hunting and very accurate. Way less than 1 inch 5 Shot Groups at 100. 1/4 to 1/2 inch groups are not uncommon. Yet a box of 50 rounds only costs around 12-15 dollars at Wal-Mart for example. I have a lot of other rifles but I enjoy shooting my Marlin 917-V (Varmint) as much as my big bore rifles and certainly a lot cheaper. They really are phenomenal. May be you can find someone that has one and shoot it. It is a great starting rifle and a step up from the 22s. Obviously the less expensive it is to shoot the more you can shoot and enjoy your new rifle!
Only my thoughts!

CA357 08-10-2011 02:44 AM

Of the two you mention, go with a Mosin. You can buy the rifle and ammunition for your $200. budget. 8mm Mauser ammunition is getting expensive.

The Mauser is a technically superior rifle, but the Mosin will last a lifetime. Save up some money and buy a Mauser for your second rifle. The Mosin will give you more bang for the buck. ;)

995 08-10-2011 02:54 AM

Go with the Mosin like was said before with your budget you can't go wrong .

canebrake 08-10-2011 03:05 AM

Get both. I've got <$200 total in both the above rifles.

Djaks101 08-10-2011 03:06 AM

Any specific mosin that i should be looking for. I know there is the 91/30 and a few different carbine versions. Which would best serve my needs.

CA357 08-10-2011 03:28 AM

It depends on how much recoil you like. The shorter the barrel, the more recoil. A 91/30 will have the least of all models. It will also be the cheapest to acquire since there are more of them.

I've owned two Mosins, an M38 and a 91/59. Both are shorter barrel models and they do recoil some. I tend to acquire short rifles and carbines, but that's just personal preference.

dteed4094 08-11-2011 03:18 AM

If you are from north west Oh. stop over in Erie Pa and you can try both. I dont have a Yugo but I do have a Turk and a Spsnish you can try and a Mosin to compare and decide.

therewolf 08-11-2011 03:33 PM

Yeah, the Mosin's got my vote, for practical and cost reasons.

You can build on your collection from there.

They are a lot of fun to shoot.

Firearms4ever 08-11-2011 03:39 PM

Another vote for the Mosin. It was my first firearm and rifle purchase, and I love it to death. The Mauser's ammunition is drying up and becoming more expensive, whereas the Mosin's ammunition is still fairly plentiful and inexpensive.

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