My first Mosin Nagant

Discussion in 'Other Guns' started by hombre243, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry these pics aren't better but I just seem to have lost that masters touch.
     

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  2. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

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    Nice! Are you going to refinish it or leave it as-is?
     

  3. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    Mosins are cool as is

    I doubt if I do anything more than shoot it and clean it. BUT, when I get tired of all the takedown rigamarole, I will probably emery off the barrel and reblue it, and put on a synthetic stock like one I saw on you tube. Made it look almost respectable.
     
  4. greyhawk50

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    Congrats on the new acquisition.
    Depending on your ability, (and ducking the assaults of the purest) the options are almost limitless.

    My son has preserved a couple original Mosins including a sniper model. On the other hand, he has modified 4 that were less collectable.
    Lord willing, he'll make one for me (soon). Here are a couple pictures. Keep in mind, he is more talented than myself so don't ask me for any details.
     

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  5. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    Mosin

    Looks like he has a talent for gun work. I am not that creative and really don't want to make my 80+ year old gun look like something new. I like the way this crusty old beast looks. Maybe next one I get I will modernize a it. Thanks for the pics. I am hoping to keep at least a few shots on the paper. Now that you mention it, I need to pick up some 30" freezer paper.
     
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  6. greyhawk50

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    Leftover rolls of wrapping paper that is white on the back side works just as well. You might have some laying around already.

    As for the rifle, it's a de-horned 91/30 with a homemade muzzle break and a slightly modified M44 stock (note the adjustable cheek rest). This one has a modified SKS scope base but mine will have the Scout Mount Base that replaces the original rear sight. I'll mount a holographic reflex on it. I don't need another rifle but the fact that it is his handy work adds an element of desire for me.
     
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  7. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    Bah Humburger

    I don't use Christmas wrap. Come to think of it, I don't have anyone to buy for, which basically means, I have to use freezer paper or buy targets. I like the dirty birds. But, initially I need to see if the first few shots stay in the same county, hopefully within about 12" of the center of the white paper with a Big black dot Sharpied on it.

    I am kind of anxious. Maybe tomo...nope, sleep apnea test in Iowa City tomorrow night. Maybe I can squeeze in an hour and then come home and give it a quick bath to get the fulminate of mercury crapola out of the bore. I'm starting to ramble. G'Nite all.
     
  8. s1120

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    very cool. Im tossing around getting one myself. I need to learn a little more about them though so I can pick a good one, not a worn out piece of scrap.
     
  9. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    Good or bad I paid me money and made me choice

    I have been arguing with GE Capital about why they do not do business with Bud's, but they do business with other gun sellers. Originally I thought it was GE that dumped gun sellers. I contacted Bud's and no answer. So, because I couldn't use my GE card at Buds, I paid a lot more for the gun and ammo at Gander Mountain.

    But, Gander scrubbed everything pretty good...except the bore, which I wore out one arm and overexercised the other scrubbubg the bore. I am not satisfied I got all the cosmo out of it so I go back and give the bore a swab every couple days. Hope I am making some progress there.

    What I looked for was a tight bolt, deep rifling and a stock that had no damage other than to the finish.

    The gun was made in 1938 and is as good , I believe, as a gun can get for being 75 years old. The bluing was a bit marred but I found no rust that amounted to anything. The Cleaning rod had a bit of a buildup but that is easily removed. I got the little kit with it but no bag for the accessories.

    2 items you will need...a can opener for the ammo can, and a firing pin gauge which comes on the teardrop shaped tool. I haven't figured out what some of the other items are, but, I found manuals on Amazon.com.

    If you have the cash, go to bud's. I do think he has the best deals. You probably will have to get ammo elsewhere.

    I hope you get one...I have fired them at the range and they may not be pretty and I may not be able to shoot open sights very well, but for the joy of cheaper shooting, I like this gun already.

    When I find all the reload stuff I need I will like it better.:D

    I been wearin my arm out scrubbing the bore. It is dirtier than I thought. I soaked the bore for an hour and what poured out the muzzle looked like hot tar. Looks like I may need another can of foaming cleanser...and I don't mean Ajax. Last round seemed to do some good, so maybe in this case more is better.
     
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  10. oldbrass

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    Thats a mighty fine fine rifle the M/N If they only came in lefty
     
  11. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    Lefty Mosin Nagant

    There is a lefty version but it is rather complicated to use. You have to stand on the other end of the rifle and work in reverse. :eek:
     
  12. oldbrass

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    Thats the Polish model
     
  13. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    10-4

    you caught my drift
     
  14. hombre243

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    Now I have ammo, accessories and all the stuff I need to go to the range to try the Mosin. But I doubt my little Aveo would get me to the range. If it got me down into the little holler t is in, I know it wouldnt get me back up the hill in all the snow and I also know the county does not plow there. Spring fever is upon me already.
     
  15. 28Shooter

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    Springk is komingk Komrade!

    Congrats on the Mosin. Don't have one yet but have been looking for a good Finn or a Westinghouse.
     
  16. hombre243

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    Sprink iss Komingk

    I am thinking of getting at least one more, but like you, I am going to be a bit more picky next time. Might as well get one that is in as good a shape as I/we can find, right? Why buy an ugly ducklink that is going to stay an ugly ducklink, right?
     
  17. 28Shooter

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    Life is to short to live with only the ugly ducklings. I've looked at quite a few really nice Russian arsenal refurbs in the $120-180 range but a buddy of mine had a Westinghouse that had a factory fit and finish that would put most civvie hunting rifles to shame.
     
  18. hombre243

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    Mosins

    I wouldnt know where to look for the nice ones. Cant check them out when purchasing them online, and no one around here has much to choose from. But if I happen onto a nice lookin one sometime when I accidentally have some cash on hand I will probably pick up another one. I like having something that has some nostalgic or historical significance.

    I always liked shooting muzzleloaders for that reason, but they were replicas. Mosins are the real McCoyavich.
     
  19. 28Shooter

    28Shooter Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    I like history and nostalgia too. My personal favorites are SMLEs and Swiss K31s.
     
  20. wrestling189

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    If you look for the pre war mosins the quality goes up significantly in looks actions still rough but very accurate i shot mine 300yards iron sights hit three of four in a five inch circle