I have some spare money to blow, and as the saying goes "you can't spend $100 better on anything else than a mosin". I am looking at a 91/30 and a Chinese Type 53 (essentially a M44 mosin carbine built in China. all specs are identical except replace the cyrilic russian words on the receiver to chinese symbols). They are of around the same price of $130. 91/30: 1926 Tula Good bore Wood furniture in good shape Hex receiver M44/Type 53: 1955 Chinese Relatively poor bore. Some corrosion and needs a thorough cleaning Wood furniture in good shape Round receiver I've owned a 91/30 in the past (sold it to contribute money into buying a PSL rifle), and have shot my friend's M44... so I'm familiar with both rifles. I'd say I like the M44 better because it is basically a 91/30 that has been shortened by 10 inches, making it lighter and easier to shoot. The only drawback is that the chinese type 53 / M44 has a pretty worn-out bore. This is probably why the price for it is low at around $130. most of the other Type 53s I see are around $200. Don't get me wrong, I love the 91/30. But it's long and heavy. Sure, I shouldn't be whining about it since the M44 with the attached bayonet weighs just as much as a 91/30 without a bayonet. If you were in my shoes, which one would you purchase? Or suggest to me another surplus battle rifle under $200. Thanks in advance!