>>28856957 5/5 >>28856949 Worn down or counter-bored muzzle crowns, cracks or splits in the stock, missing parts like the cartridge interrupter... and bring a white led flashlight to check the barrel for worn out rifling or rust.
>>28857156 its only worth it if you can inspect it first being finnish doesnt stop it from being a piece of shit thanks to decades of abuse
i actually prefer my 91/30 over the m39 the m39 is smoother with better sights but the stocks all kinds of fucked up and ridiculously expensive to replace normal aftermarket wont fit it without a shitload of modifications cause of the barrel profile
>>28857276 maybe i should have been more specific im not saying all m39 stocks are fucked up ergonomically im saying the stock on my personal m39 is fucked up its got a large split at the wrist which is a fairly common issue and its quite impossible to get a replacement stock that doesnt cost more than the gun itself
The most important thing to check is the bore. Check to make sure it's not pitted, dark, counter bored, etc. One thing I would recommend is pick up some 7.62x54r dummy rounds and feel how they cycle in the gun, checking if it's hard to close on a round, etc.
Also maybe bring a trigger pull gauge. My 91/30 has a rather nice 5lb trigger pull but some people get Mosins with supper shitty triggers that pull like 10lbs.
All else fails, >http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinFAQ.htm
Counter-bore is not necessarily a bad thing - what it tells is that the muzzle crown had a problem and counter-bore method was used as attempt to fix it. If the worked the barrel might be as accurate as one that has excellent crown without counter-bore.
I would also dry fire the rifle a few times to see how trigger is (heavy, light, how much creep etc) and see if bolt moves while pressure is applied to trigger (it should not). Also check rifle stock for any visible damage (cracks in wood etc) and that rear ladder works. If there are several rifles of of the same model available, pick the best one. If available manufacturing quality-wise I would also select pre-1941 carbine m/38 over wartime/post-war carbine m/44 unless you absolutely want one with bayonet.
Exactly - never buy surplus before checking them thoroughly. They are all used firearms and you do not know how previous owners treated them.
When it comes to Finnish-captured m/38 and m/44 they are much rarer than ones that were not captured and therefore at least some collectors are likely to pay more for Finnish-captured one. However Finnish military never had real interest towards captured m/38 and m/44 carbines and in fact during World War 2 lumped them both under the same designation - cavalry rifle m/30. And unlike with m/91-30 Finnish military apparently did not bother improving these carbines or making any replacement parts for them. Hence quality-wise Finnish-captured Soviet carbines typically are not quality-wise or action-wise better than the other Soviet carbines of similar model.
Usually only if loaded in incorrect manner. Rims of the cartridges have to be in correct arrangement - each cartridge must have its rim in front of the rim belonging to cartridge below it. This is not just for Mosin-Nagants but basically to all rifles that feed rimmed cartridges from a box magazine - fixed magazine or not.
Finnish-improved "jam free" (häiriövapaa) magazines used in m/28-30 and m/39 rifles are the most reliable of Mosin-Nagant breed.
>>28858556 As long as there are no cracks in the wood and no severe pitting in the exposed metal, I personally like a battlefield pick up look. You know the rifle was used on a battlefield. Like this one.
>>28857999 do you live in NC and are you me? I swear ive heard the same story today from the dude at wolfpit tacticool in Morganton while looking for my own mosin. And he had a fucked up plasticfucked mosin for around 700.
>>28858722 Funny thing, my Type 53 feels like a better shooter than any other Mosin I've had. The action works better, it's more precise, the bore is like a mirror plus the rifling is very clean, even the wood feels stronger (except it's dented like it was dragged behind a truck for a day).
>>28856949 Don't buy a fucking nugget, OP. This is 2016 and nuggets are no longer cheap.
Nuggets are shit and have always been shit. Go buy a Savage Axis SP. You missed the meme. That goes for any of you lurker faggots thinking of buying an SKS, too. You missed out, they aren't cheap anymore. Go buy an AR.
>>28858812 If you can find a good Type 53 it's a good shooter.
>>28858233 You have six options for an obrez: [sbr, easy, common] get an approved form 1 and cut down an M91 [pistol, hard, common] deact and reweld the receiver [pistol, moderate, rare/expensive] replace the receiver with a new one [pistol, easy, super rare] cut down a barreled action that was NEVER put into a stock [pistol, easy, super rare] find an original obrez [rifle, easy, super easy] cut down a nugget to 16" and a hair
>>28858506 Bolt actions are heavy enough, adding a sight and ammo pouch on the rear really don't help. If this is supposed to be useful then it doesn't look useful. Not a Mosin owner but I think most people realize the DMR role that a bolt gun can play instead of mallninja.
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