Originally Posted by kaido
I'm a little curious here. Other then a cool crown, rifling and matching numbers, what's some marks to look for when trying to decide on how much to pay for one?
Reason I made a new thread is because I'm going to an auction tomorrow and there's one up for grabs. Right now I'm thinking 100-150 should grab it. But we can look the firearms over for I think an hour before the bidding actually starts. I don really want to spend more then the rifle is with since I've also got my eye on some o the rimfires.
Any thoughts would be a great help haha also know I'm a little late on askin this, but figure it'll help other out when they go looking.
Here's a link to a site with lots of good info on Mosins as well as a library of receiver, barrel and stock markings. http://7.62x54r.net/
Unless the rifle is a rare model, a historic item or a battlefield capture there is not much intrinsic value since so many were produced. Hex receivers generally sell for more than round receivers, Tula armory (arrow in start) rifles are generally more desirable that Izhevsk (arrow in triangle). Finnish rifles are also considered to be of better quality and also sell for a bit more than the run-of-the-mill Russian version. Not many people realize that prior to the Russian Revolution, Finland was under the control of the Tsar (Czar). After declaring it's independence from Russia Finland modernized it's own version of the Mosin 91/30. The Finnish Mosin is an artifact of that history.
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