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Im thinking about getting a Mosin Nagant. I can get one from AIM Surplus http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/Russian_Model_91_30_7_62x54R_Mosin_Nagant.html for $69.95 + shipping + FFL fee. Does anyone think that I could do better at the Forrest Park gun show next weekend? Has anyone seen a nice on at a local dealer? I was thinking about a .45 or .50 blackpowder rifle, but now think I would use one of these more. What do ya'll think if them?
 

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They are fun rifles. I have a Polish M44, a Finn rebuild, and an M38.

The prices that I saw at the show were a bit high last week, and the prices that I saw in shops the other day were extremely high, but I didn't haggle with any of the dealers. I just looked at the tags.
 

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For the money, it seems like a great deal. The one they had at last sundays shoot was pretty impressive and seemed like a lot of fun!

How much does the ammo run on these? The guys from sunday looked to have surplus ammo but I forgot to ask how much they could get it for...
 

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It is cheaper to order them directly, so I don't think you can do better than that. The dealers order them from the same places and add their markup.
 

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Surplus amm is cheap, but looks to be corrosive?

http://www.ammunitionstore.com/

The Bulgarian or Hungarian ammo for the 7.62x54R was what those guys were shooting sunday. I remember the paper packaging the rounds were in.
It is corrosive, but that isn't a problem as long as you clean correctly and immediately. I usually take a bottle of Windex to the range with me when I shoot mine and run a few patches soaked in it through the barrel when I pack up for the day.
 

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I was wondering about the gun show, since a $70 rifle will be $115 - 125 with freight and FFL fee.
 

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I wouldn't worry if you use corrosive ammo or not. Just clean it afterwards. It's a lot cheaper and unless you have an unissued Mosin, who cares?

Aim even says:

**As with most surplus Rifles, corrosive ammunition was used in this Rifle for the majority or all of its service. Please do not expect the bore to be in new condition.
Do you have a C&R? If so, you can order directly from AIM, no FFL fee. If not, it's 30$ and since you probably won't find any decent 91/30's for under 90 bucks, you'll break even. Then you can order all kinds of guns to your own home! I have an M38 and an M44, both ordered from AIM and I haven't seen one sold locally under 100$ that even comes close to how good they look.
 

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I don't have a C&R, so I'll be paying an FFL to receive it. Sine you have dealt with AIM, is it worth the extra $10 for them to hand pick one?
 

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Dan H said:
How much does the ammo run on these? The guys from sunday looked to have surplus ammo but I forgot to ask how much they could get it for...
http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/copy ... 2x54R.html

Still pretty cheap compared to most other surplus ammo out there.

Very rugged, simple rifles...very fun to shoot if you don't mind a fireball and a good kick.

Dan H said:
How much longer is the 91/30 compared to the M44?
http://www.surplusrifle.com/

Check out the links on the left for the different flavor Mosins. Be sure to check out on the right hand side for various links on disassembly, tweaking and such. A LOT of good info, including the history of, various surplus weapons.

ps. from what I've gathered, the light ball fires better than the heavy ball from the Mosins...they were designed for the light ball.
 

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91/30- Weight 9.5 LB
Length 48.5 IN
Length of Barrel 28.75 IN
Operation Type Bolt Action
Magazine Capacity 5
Magazine Type Inline Box
Caliber 7.62x54mm Russian

Various carbines- Weight 8.9 LB
Length 40 IN
Length of Barrel 20 IN
Operation Type Bolt Action
Magazine Capacity 5
Magazine Type Inline Box
Caliber 7.62x54mm Russian
 

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For one of their Mosins, I wouldn't pay for the handpick. These are pretty much beater rifles... if you want something collectable, you're going to have to hit up gunbroker or troll gun forums. If you're not going to spend 30 bucks more for the laminated version, I wouldn't pay for the handpick. My .02.

Here is my M38. Shorter version of the 91/30. My M44 is the same but it has a bayonet. These are pretty fun but they really beat the crap out of your shoulder :shock:

 

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You gotta be careful with the Mosin-Nagants...they have a tendency to multiply when they get into your gun cabinet/safe. I started with one and now have 5 Russian M44's, 3 Chinese Type 53's, and 1 Polish M44. I love the things and I always have my eye out for more!
 
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