7.62x54 Mosin help with SHTF

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by 12fretter, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. 12fretter

    12fretter New Member

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    Among my handguns, I have a 10-22, a 22 magnum rifle and a Mosin Nagant 7.62x54 rifle with iron sights. I realize the Mosin is not the premium weapon to be left with in a SHTF scenario, but as money goes, I just can't swing anything else, at least not in the foreseeable future. I have a couple hundred rounds for it, and the ammo is pretty inexpensive. I can get 880 rounds delivered for about $165. Should I do that and call it a day, with the comfort in knowing I have satisfied my minimum 1000 round per gun requirement? Or should I save my money in the hopes that I will someday have enough to get a weapon in a more suitable caliber?
     
  2. Josh1158

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    It worked good for the russians for a while. I would look for something with a better rate of fire. I got an sks for 250 not to long ago. The ammo is alittle cheaper and she shoots as fast as I can pull the trigger.
     

  3. vincent

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    For the price on 880 rounds I'd go ahead and...pull the trigger ...on that one, pun intended. It's cheap and plentiful now but it's not going to be like that forever, there IS a finite supply of the mil-surp stuff, lots of folks snapping up the 91/30's right now.

    Between your handguns, the 10/22 and Mosin it sounds like you pretty much got your needs covered. Good rifles (as I'm sure you know) can be had at reasonable prices, feed the mouths you have first, then go from there...
     
  4. JonM

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    Mosins are great rifles and will get the job done. There are much worse choices for the price range. If you get it now you will have a fantastic shooter even if you get a better gun later.

    Just becareful they have a tendency to multiply in a gun safe.
     
  5. 12fretter

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    I already own the rifle and love it. I was just wondering if it was a dumb idea to stock up on a caliber that won't be a very tradeable commodity in a SHTF scenario. I might have to trade the rounds with the gun! Otherwise, I doubt there will be very many rifles chambered in 7.62x54.

    But I think I will stock up. Cheap shooter for sure.
     
  6. Immortal4419

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    I say def stock up! Its a decent reliable and accurate rifle. Not the newest or the best but its what you have and its affordable to stock up some ammo.
     
  7. 12fretter

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    Ordered today! Thanks to all for the push.
     
  8. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In a really bad situation I would only be swapping ammo at 3000 fps.
     
  9. 12fretter

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    Let's just hope you give more than you receive;)
     
  10. bick65

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    If you use surplus ammo clean after shooting not the next day . I to am buying some ammo like this , but I take apart with bullet hammer have a jig to fire primer desalt then reload . sounds like work but I save bullet and brass and make gun more accurate . Heres a pic of what a not well keep gun with surplus ammo can look like. I would not fire the gun pictured . Good luck
     

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  11. bick65

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    One more point you say there's a lack of ammo for this cal gun . It can be reloaded with .308 diameter bullets . So reloading would not be real hard to do . I know about ten people who own one of these guns and the number is growing. and lots of people buying more.
     
  12. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    Stock up dude. For shtf scenarios....such as zombie apocalypse....devestating head shot! That's a pretty good price on the ammo. Where did you find it? Can you get me a link? Need some for my Mosin
     
  13. HockaLouis

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    Look, I am not a cheap comblock defender by any stretch so when I say that, for the money, presuming you have a decent enough gun and ammo, and can use them similarly, you are a responsible, prepared, man. Not as well as some perhaps, by some measures, but better than many if not most citizens. After this case of ammo consider a spare parts kit.

    OK, you may not have won some race, however, personally, I'd say that .22 Mag saw you over the finish line. After that it was arguably a question of degrees.

    Are there better options? Don't worry about it brother...
     
  14. TLuker

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    Those guns were made out of machined steel and are as tough as nails (or maybe even a hammer). What else could you ask for or want if the SHTF? That would be a desirable gun to have even if money weren't a consideration.
     
  15. HockaLouis

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    Well, I don't necessarily agree that anybody would want a Mosin Nagant given the choice. By way of example they don't make them anymore and someone new to this knew enough to question its usefulness when it matters. What more could one ask?

    Accuracy, rate of fire, speed to reload, controlability, low recoil, light weight, short length, balance, reliability, light ammunition, replenishable ammunition, inexpensive modern ammunition, ammunition that won't be obsolete in a generation, non-corrosive surplus, incalculable options, made in America, well made, new, warrantee, bragging rights... Someone else can finish for me please.