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buddee 03-23-2014 02:56 AM

SVT-40 Tokarev I think I'm in love
I've been looking for something other than my Mosin m-44 and the Romanian PSL that shoots the 7.62x54r. I stumbled onto the SVT-40 semi-auto. This seems to be exactly what I've been looking for. I've been watching videos online to try and get an idea of how reliable it is and any other info on it. Does anybody any experience with them? I know my M-44 kicks like a mule so range time with it can be limited, even with the shoulder pad. So any info would be helpful. Thank You.

therewolf 03-23-2014 03:41 AM

I have heard they have dependability issues.

When faced with the possibility of getting a 65 year-old

SVT40, or picking up a new VEPR hunting rifle, in the same

caliber, I got the VEPR. I have heard they are difficult to

come by, in 7.62X54R, lately.

It looks somewhat like the PSL.

Downside, it tears up cartridges on the ejection. So it's

not a great action to use, if you're intent on reloading.

TDS92A 03-26-2014 05:26 PM

I have been looking for the SVT-40 for a couple of years now and my sources are all telling me that I would stand a better chance of walking on water than getting one. They must be really rare or prohibited from import.

samnev 03-26-2014 08:03 PM

The SVT 40's has not been imported since the 90's. They were $225 back then. They are still available but the price has risen to over 1K for a nice refurb with a good bore. They should be shot with light ball and with good ammo are quite accurate. Mine shoots as well as my M1 Garand. But they can be a PIA to clean. They have fluted chamber which must be cleaned after shooting especially if you shoot corrosive ammo. I only shoot my hand loads in my SVT 40 the flute marks on the cases do not harm the cad and can be reloaded without any problem. If you find one 2 things to look for besides bore condition. First make sure the chamber is not pitted. If it is cases might not extract. 2nd look at the gases system. You have to take off the upper hand guard (easy) Make sure the gas system is not corroded and move freely and loosen the knurled circular piece on the gas setting stem and make sure it can be turned. Look for them on Gunbroker, good luck.

buddee 05-25-2014 05:30 PM

That's good to know. Thank you. I've got my eyes open looking for the right one.

reloader762 05-25-2014 07:46 PM

SVT-40s show up for sale quite often, and the on-line auction purchase price is hovering a little above $1,000 typically (data here). Do research before forking over your cash so you know what you're getting. Most I have personally seen at shows in the last couple of years are forced matched and missing some parts. Forced matched serial numbers are common (but show prices have been silly on these recently IMO, nearly 50% above the selling price for on-line auctions) and wouldn't cause me to pass, the missing parts cause me to keep walking.

Chainfire 05-26-2014 12:36 AM

I own and SVT-40 and shoot it on occasion. They are a lot of fun, but they have some draw-backs. Once you dial in the gas-port setting they function well. If you haven't shot one, just think of shooting a very long SKS with x54 power.

If you want something to shoot on a regular basis, the SVT-40 may not be the right gun. It is too delicate and too expensive to use for a full-time range gun. It is also a pain to clean properly. When you drop a grand on one, you tend to want to be too careful with it.

That said, I very much like, and will always keep my SVT-40, and shoot it on special occasions.

303tom 05-26-2014 01:47 AM

Been looking to get one of them my self, several on Gun Broker I been watching for about a week !................

303tom 05-27-2014 04:40 PM

Still watchen em !...................

buddee 06-04-2014 04:12 AM

I like that it's a semi-auto in an affordable 7.62 round. But I'm starting to wonder if it's for me. It doesn't sound like its as great as I thought.

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