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    Boolit Grand Master GhostHawk's Avatar
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    There has to be a major problem which is unfixable by me before I sell a gun.

    Now I have bought a few which did eventually end up in my shooting buddy's hands.

    But it is your dollar, your call.

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    I did drift the front sight at one point, it was dangling off the side and, while better, still didn't shoot to POA! It is not counter bored, but the crown is deep and lopsided. Might be the cause, but I don't really care to fix it. Vasily was lucky he didn't pick this one up!

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    Buy a five dollar trigger kit and a 316299 mold, and try again

    Bill

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    Sell it and get a K-31. If you have to have a military rifle, that as good as any and better by a long chalk than any Mosin I've ever owned. Just my opinion.
    Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

    ― Confucius

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    I have a 1943 p3 sniper with factory reproduction scope and mount with crosoive surpluses ammo I can do 1 1/4” group at 100y with it I’d personally keep it but whatever blows your hair back

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    I am too much of rifle snob to have one. Plain silly rifle at current prices; so if you can find a sucker to give you $300 for it...sell it. Might have made some sense at $100 but not when you can buy a MOA rifle for $250 on sale (Compass, Axis etc).

    But different strokes for different folks. Some guy like stuff like that. Decide if you are a shooter or a collector. A gun that does not shoot well is next to useless to me.
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    I tuned mine up. Cork under the bbl at the front, mid bbl band and receiver screw. Polished up the trigger. Took the rear sight off and mounted a LER scope on the dove tail that remained. I have the Lee .314 boolit and the NOE 314299 mold. Brass from 4 boxes of PPU ammo. After all that I can get about 1 to 1.5 inches at 100 yards with mine. Every time I think of selling it, I'll take it out and shoot it. Hard to sell a gun that shoots and with cast boolits everyone in the family can shoot it all day long.

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    Keep it...........you'll never be able to replace it for what you have in it!

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    If you don't want to work on it sell the rifle but don't give up on the design ...... meaning , keep the ammo for a bit . As the fellas have said , they can be extremely accurate the M39 is a good example and a 91/59 fresh out of rebuild is a good one to grab .

    The trigger is easy with nothing but a hour of your time and a small piece of aluminum from a soda can . The sight ? Depends on the crown of your rifle whether it's worth fooling with or not . I will say that an 03 with a good crown and bore is very tempting especially if you have the tools for loading for it .

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    I looked at them when they came out cheap, but there was no love. Didn't buy one, still have no interest in them.

    There are better guns to invest your money in, sell it and find something more to your liking.

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    If you’ve got an 03 why are you messing around with a mosin? Sell it and upgrade your 03 or get another 03. I’ve recently gotten into 03s from being into Krags for years and am enjoying both models of US service rifle. [Have a Garand too.] I don’t know what folks see in the ugly mosin but I’ve never shot one I think but then I don’t like ak’s or sks stuff either. Buy American.

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    I was broke for years never having money for shooting and when I saw a 1947 M44 for $69 and 800 rounds for $59 you know what I did. Now with a few more and 2 M39's I'm happy.
    Most of the tanks are gone and the windows don't rattle anymore. I won't be able to sleep now.

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    I like ALL Milsurps, foreign and domestic!

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    Russian MNs have long thin barrels that are surprisingly easy to bend. If the front sight is perpendicular to the top of the rear sight then I suggest a check of the barrel bedding. The barrel should not touch the stock. I have seen numerous MNs where the stock has pushed the barrel sideways. Also, the crown is a relatively easy fix.

    However, if you aren't happy with the MN then sell it and use the money to set up the M1903 the way you want with loading equipment, components or accouterments. That's what I would do.
    Larry Gibson

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    They are crude but they work. That's always been the highest praise I could give them. Spoiled by Mauser at an early age.

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    I'd sell it and focus on getting the 1903 set up the way you want it.

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    I have a few of them and they are fun. Picked up a hex receiver 91/30 that some guy bubba'd up and I took it all the way.

    Cut the barrel off, put on a timney trigger with a safety, synthetic stock, rock solid mount and leupold scope. Did up a bunch of hand loads with 312 dia slugs and it is a tack driver. The round may be old but it is powerful. I nailed 2 bears with it and it pretty much dropped both of them in their tracks.

    If it was me I would keep it and play with it.

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    What Texas said, send that Bolshevik down the road. They go bang and some shoot but my word, what a club You have the 03-A3 which the Moisin doesn't come remotely to
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    I have an 03a3, a Swede m96, a 1926 Tula 91/30, and 2 Finn M39s.

    I shoot the Mosins more than any of the other rifles.

    I shoot cast, and shoot at the monthly Military Bolt-gun match at the local club. Great fun, and it provides the chance to get those old war-horses out of the safe or closet.

    I purchased 2 crates of surplus 7.62x54r ammo back in the day, for $85 per. Over the past couple years, I sold the ammo for enough to cover the cost of the rifle and ammo combined.

    My opinion, for what it's worth, sell that surplus ammo. It usually doesn't shoot worth a hoot. See what the rifle will do with a reduced cast load. Then decide.
    "Varium et mutabile semper femina." - Virgil
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