Wow that's a fair amount of territory.
A couple of years ago, I was lucky to find a 1925
Izzy in nice shape, with matching serials. Be
careful installing the bayonet, if it's too tight,
you'll play hob getting it off again.
Mine came with the textbook Cosmoline goo covering it.
Thread search "Mosin sticky bolt" for the cure.
IME, for accuracy, the cold shot is the best on
all my Mosins. But you want to fire a bunch of
shots initially, it's the fun thing to do, and if you
get a 440-round spam can, you'll also have a little
As to serious brass- the previous milsurp ammo isn't reloadable.
I've found PRVI Partizan,Wolf, Winchester, and Norma,
which is all boxer primed, and lead tipped, and thereby acceptable for
hunting, and all perform well. I save shot rounds
in their original boxes to keep them organized for
reloading later. If you don't reload, save them for
somebody who does. This is a great way to make a couple
bucks on used shells, if you don't have a reloading
Last edited by therewolf; 06-22-2013 at 08:49 PM.