Just when I have the extra money to make my first C&R purchase, the market evaporates. All the Mosins? Gone. Nagants? Gone or price doubled.
When you snooze, you lose!
As a result, I'm now debating between a Type 53 or a Steyr M95. I've done a bunch of reading on the Steyr. Ammo is rare (though I found one place that has 40s era stuff for reasonable prices, but it's not reloadable). Hornady and PPU make modern stuff that is reloadable though, and you can get supplies from various reloading outfits to handload for much less than retail.
Problem there is...I don't reload yet.
I don't know squat about the Type 53, other than the ammo is far cheaper than the 8x56R . The little reading I've done says they're "ok, not great." Anyone own one and shoot it regularly?