First time mosin

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sbeezy, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. sbeezy

    sbeezy New Member

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    Just got back from the range where I tried out my new mosin for the first time, and let me tell you, I have a new respect for the Russian soldiers who used these things. Maybe I'm a wimp, maybe I'm inexperienced with old bolt rifles, but that thing kicked like a mule! I'm pretty sure my shoulder will be bruised. But it was still a blast to shoot, no pun intended.

    I didn't bring my targets home cause they were the stick on shoot and see type but I had a good group at 50 yards with 3 shots within a 1" square, shooting rested. Out at 100 yards it wasn't as good. I did get a bullseye and the rest were within 5 inches. I think that was probably due to me anticipating the shot too much. I wasn't expecting it to have that much recoil and by the time I was shooting at 100 yards my shoulder was hurting. But No excuses. Was the bullseye just luck?.... Probably. Lol. It'll take a little getting used to shooting a rifle that powerful.

    I also took out the new ar I just built and had some trouble with it not cycling. By the time I figured it was probably gas port/tube alignment and got it shooting, I guess the gas block roll pin fell out and that put an end to the ar fun. So hopefully I'll pop a new one in before my next trip and it'll stay and the gun will cycle properly.

    All in all, fun day at the range. Gonna go ice my shoulder now.
     
  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    And a new respect for Russian women. A good number of their snipers were female. A lot of it is the stock design, and shooting from a bench is about the most painful position I've found with a Mosin. What ammo were you using?

    You out at Kitsap Rifle and Revolver?
     

  3. zebramochaman

    zebramochaman New Member

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    Tickbite.com sells a good rubber butt plate for the 91/30. I use them on both of my full length Mosins and I find them much more comfortable to shoot.
     
  4. john300k

    john300k New Member

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    I put on a rubber butt plate and I still get bruises...
     
  5. sbeezy

    sbeezy New Member

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    Yeah they were some tough ladies. They would put me to shame. I only shot from a rest. After feeling the recoil while sitting I was a little apprehensive about standing. Haha. I was trying not to be timid but man I'm just not used to that. I did order a recoil pad. Not sure how much it will help. I was using wpa polyformance non corrosive ammo. I'll probably order some surplus spam cans soon but I wanted to get to the range and test the thing out.

    Yes sir, it's the only range near by. About a 20 minute drive.
     
  6. sbeezy

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    Glad I'm not the only one. My ego was starting to get bruised right along with my shoulder.

    So it sounds like its normal for the mosin to hurt a bit?
     
  7. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    The rubber buttplate really does help. Plus it adds a inch or two to your reach if you have long arms.
     
  8. john300k

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    I do love the big fire ball and the kick!
     
  9. sbeezy

    sbeezy New Member

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    It's definitely fun. Until the hurt starts. Rubber butt plate should be here by next week.
     
  10. KJG67

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    You MUST shoot it standing next time with a hasty sling. Then you can truly say you've been kicked by a mule with that stock tight into your shoulder :D
     
  11. sbeezy

    sbeezy New Member

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    Haha well there were people on the firing line including the range officer. I had to save face. Next time I'm just going to go for it. But seriously, I have to hand it to the Russians. How does the recoil compare to that of the Mauser and m1 Garand?
     
  12. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Mauser can be similar in kick. The Garand soaks up a bit of recoil with the gas system and cycling of the action, plus its a heavier gun.

    I actually think the Mosin feels less severe when fired standing, because your body moves a bit more to make it seem like it isn't punching you as hard.
     
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  13. KJG67

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    Can't comment on the Mauser, but as SSGN_Doc stated, the Garand recoil is much better absorbed. You must get one and find out :D
     
  14. therewolf

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    I find the recoil pads are a great help. IME the cold shot is

    the most accurate.
     
  15. sbeezy

    sbeezy New Member

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    Ya know what, I think I'll go out and get one. I don't know how to do green font. Lol. But really, If I could afford one, I'd have one in a heartbeat. That's been a dream gun of mine since I was a kid. I was reading another thread on here about the cmp I think it's called that sells garands. I couldn't really find a line on what the cheapest one you can get is though.

    Once I'm in the position to buy guns regularly I think I'm going to look in to getting a c&r ffl. Until I bought this mosin I didn't realize how much I like old guns. I've always been interested in them but now I want to own them.
     
  16. KJG67

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    CMP is the best place to obtain a Garand, although there's a 4-6 month wait to get a Service Grade via mail. There are some requirements, so check the store site. http://www.thecmp.org/sales.htm

    I would suggest checking the CMP forum, your local rifle clubs (even the member's only ones), or the State Rifle Assoc, and find out when and where a CMP Garand match is being held. Get in touch with that club and see if they have any Garands you can shoot for newbies. That's how I got started with it, and provided you shoot safely and reasonably well, you'll get the CMP certificate too, which would take the place of one of the purchasing requirements. Shooting a match isn't required, but why not?:p And then the addiction will really start.
     
  17. sbeezy

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    Awesome thanks for the info. I'd love to get my hands on one before I buy and I never really thought of that as a means to do so.
     
  18. JWagner

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    I find the 91-30 to have a tolerable kick, but the M44 wants to abuse my shoulder quite a bit. Thanks for the info on the source for the rubber buttplate.
     
  19. c3shooter

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    The M/N, Mauser, and 1903 Springfield have roughly comparable recoil. My M38 HURTS!

    Shooting one will also give you an appreciation for the THICK winter uniforms worn by Russian soldiers- recoil pads.
     
  20. sbeezy

    sbeezy New Member

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    Tolerable to a point. I shot about 16 rounds through it and I decided to call it quits. Nothin a little ibuprofen can't fix though. I was considering trading my 91/30 with my friend if he buys the m44, but If the recoil's worse than the 91/30 I may reconsider.

    I'll have to wear my winter parka out next time and get in the spirit of the gun.