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Mosin nagant, worth the money?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by SevenRemMag, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. SevenRemMag

    SevenRemMag west linn/oregon city Member

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    They seem to be cheap right now and I love russian memmorabilia, they sell some old ones at big5 in McLaughlin, but the hex was 199. I would love to have one but is there a reason it's so cheap?
     
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    jim97701 Bend Well-Known Member

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  3. SevenRemMag

    SevenRemMag west linn/oregon city Member

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    99 dollars, I really want one now. Especially since how unbelievable the price is for ammo
     
  4. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    The reason they're so cheap is that there were over 20 million of them made between 1891 and 1945. As for simplicity and construction, you won't find a more durable rifle; those things were meant to take a beating from the elements and Russian peasants and still keep shooting. They will last longer than you will. I have 2 long rifles and 2 carbines and love the heck out of them. The price will increase as supplies dry up but the 7.62 x 54R ammo is still being used to this day so it will be available for a while.
     
  5. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I have one, depending on how it shoots I might pick up a couple more. I like the character of the old commie guns, someday it would like to have an AK47 and an SKS to hang on the beam along side the MN. I have to get some ammo for it, I'm curious how mine shoots, it's got a pretty decent trigger pull on it. I see guys dropping big game with them on the YouTubes.
     
  6. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    Classic posted on their Facebook page that they will be out of those $99 B-grades by tomorrow morning. Still, deals can be had. Don't fall for the hype, however. While the hex receiver models and Tula made models are commanding a higher premium there is nothing wrong with a rounded receiver made by Ishevsk. Unless you are a pedantic collector, any version will give you hours of shooting fun. Surplus ammo can still be had for less than $100/440 round spam can if you know where to find it; I picked up a can from Sportsman's Guide last month for $85 (including shipping and a can opener).
     
  7. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yes, they're worth it.
     
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  8. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Worth every penny. A total blast to shoot.
     
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  9. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Funny that you say that. The M/N was first designed and produced while the Tzars still ruled Russia, a couple decades before the commies.
    Mosin?Nagant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This is the best site I know on this venerable firearm and its caliber: 7.62x54r.net
     
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  10. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    OH NOES! Go to that site and you will get infected with the virus which causes Mosinitis! Soon every room in your house will be filled with Vintovka Mosina and all it's variants. Start with one Molot re-furb and next thing you know you'll be tripping over the Finnish versions, Hungarian and DDR marked Mosins and then you'll offer up an arm, leg and your first-born for an original, non import marked Westinghouse or Remington made Mosin. LOL
     
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  11. luke23

    luke23 United States (Hawai'i island, Olympic Pen. WA) Active Member

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    Is a Mosin worth the money?

    Let me think about that- YES. Yes it is.

    What can you get for 99 dollars? A used saturday night special missing one grip and without a magazine, one midrange accessory for an AR-15 that you will never use, or ammunition.

    Or you can get the Mosin, which is an indestructible rifle that can be used in pole vault competitions, can hold up your tent, can be used as an oar, is handy for impromptu games of baseball, and also does a pretty good job at roasting hotdogs. Honestly I'm surprised Billy Mays never sold these things on tv.
     
  12. SevenRemMag

    SevenRemMag west linn/oregon city Member

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    SOLD.
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I hand selected and paid $84 each (They would hold them for me in back till the sale came) at Big 5 in the recent past, including some excellent hex receivers and M44s. The ones I've scout scoped do 2 MOA with mil surp
     
  14. mosinguy1

    mosinguy1 out by the ocean Active Member

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    I have several and wouldn't get rid of them for anything. They take abuse better then any other weapon I can think of
     
  15. Boats

    Boats Flicking A Switch To Open My Third Eye Well-Known Member

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    They are great at bargain prices, but at $200.00, they still are what they've always been—indifferently made POS mil-surp bolt rifles, clearly obsolete in their heyday. Every other allied bolt gun of the era is a better rifle, as is the Swiss K-31 and Mauser actions from Germany, Sweden, Yugo, Turkey, and Spain.

    If it weren't for the still cheaply available ammo, the Mosin would be the obsolete wall hanger that it should be.
     
  16. luke23

    luke23 United States (Hawai'i island, Olympic Pen. WA) Active Member

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    Not particularly accurate. Spoken from a modern and somewhat snobbish perspective.

    Mosin was designed in 1891 and kept modernized until semi-auto/select-fire firearms became dominant through updates. The bolt itself is simple and rugged, and extremely reminiscent of the French Lebel in action.

    If you want to argue it was 'obsolete' despite being a typical rifle of the time, then you'll have to admit everything was obsolete compared to the Lee Enfield. Ten rounds, smoothest action of all, very good sights. I have both a Mauser and Enfield, and I say without hesitation that the Enfield is vastly superior, while the Mauser doesn't have that many advantages over a Mosin at all.

    It's a military rifle designed in 1891. It's still in combat today.

    And the biggest test of quality? Soviet Snipers killed hundreds upon hundreds of Mauser-wielding Germans with those 'POS rifles'.

    It's not cushy, not comfortable, but it will shoot better than most of us can if given the right ammo.
     
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    mud brush prairie, wa Member

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    in 2000 my uncles kept on about how much they loved em.Me being a sks fan I went to big 5 handed them my $79 and went home with a really clean m44.In broad daylight it spit 2ft flames and put paper punch holes in steal I beams at 100yrds.They arent $80 any more but I wish I still had mine And would pay $200 for a nice one
     
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    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    What makes them so fun? I've seen them at Big 5 before and never gave a thought to buying one. Can you reload for them? Or is ammo so cheap you can't reload at that price? I must be missing out on something.
     
  19. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    20 cents a pop for steel core, reliable, 2 MOA says it all. My Mausers are more accurate but also a lot more $$$
     
  20. Gaucho Gringo

    Gaucho Gringo Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Go to this U tube video and see if any other rifle same time period would stand up to this mistreatment: Mosin Nagant Torture Test: Part 1 - YouTube . I honestly don't think anyone would try because they would be out too much money and I doubt if they would hold up as well. I have one I am going to shoot as a Black Powder Cartridge Rifle because for the price of the cheapest alternative I can buy 3 to 6 Mosin Nagant rifles. I will pull the surplus $.20 a round ammo I have and reload them with black powder and a lead bullet. Cost will probably end up being $.35-40 a round aws a high estimate and I think I can sell the original bullets to offset this cost some. My .43 Spanish Remington Rolling Block costs easily 5 times as much each round and if you don't reload costs in the $4-5.00 range. Black powder is fun for the boom,fire and smoke not to mention it has been around a lot longer, almost 4 times as long.
    But even if you were going to shoot a Mosin Nagant rifle with surplus, new or reloaded ammo, they would be as good buy.
     
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