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Old 08-07-2009, 12:06   #1
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Finn M39s

Just received one of these, a Sako on a Sestroryetsk receiver. More heft in the stock than in the M91/30s, it was in fine condition just as described. At least for now, Pat is always listing new ones on her site:
http://gunsnammo.com/

I'll post some photos later, but wanted to let folks know these are available and my purchasing experience was hassle-free. For those who don't know, the Finn M39s have a reputation for accuracy.
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AIM has some interesting Finn Mosins now too. Used to be Empire Arms was the only place I knew of that regularly stocked Finn Mosins. I feel a case of the Mosinitis coming on. I keep telling myself I do not need another Mosin, I do not need another Mosin, I do not ...
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They are pricey compared to other Mosins, but about what Empire Arms has been selling Finns for for years now, and they do turn over quickly - you can see the individual rifles as they're sold on that site. AIM's Finn M91s are also selling, at least the Westinghouse ones are, and those are $50 more than the others. I think the "made in the USA" factor is why. Some of the M39s at gunsnammo.com are in really good condition, some unissued even.
That's a fine military bolt action for around $300, and looking at it that way it doesn't seem so expensive.

I have not yet researched which types of ammo work best in the M39s. I did read somewhere that the 7N1 works well. The barrels diameter may be a bit narrower than in the M91s and M91/30s, but I do not know.
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Congrats, on the M39!!!

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I feel a case of the Mosinitis coming on. I keep telling myself I do not need another Mosin, I do not need another Mosin, I do not ...
I only have a few mosins, and I'm very familiar with telling myself "I don't need another Mosin"! LOL

I did break down and buy my first Finn, a while back, though. I found it in a pawn shop, and they didn't know what it was. I didn't either, really, but I knew it was a Finn. When I got home, I had to do some reading to figure it out.

Don't hate me for this, but I scored a P-26.........CHEAP!
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I've only got one M/N (poor me) so here's a question for you guys that know. It's a Finn 27 and the numbers on the bolt and barrel match, but the numbers on the bottom of the mag. and on the but plate are both different.
Does this indicate a rebuild? Tikka 1934 stamped on the barrel.
LOL...I'm no expert, but if Free can't help you , I can point you to some sites with tons of info.
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Have you seen this?

http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinHumor.htm
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Originally Posted by copen View Post
I've only got one M/N (poor me) so here's a question for you guys that know. It's a Finn 27 and the numbers on the bolt and barrel match, but the numbers on the bottom of the mag. and on the but plate are both different.
Does this indicate a rebuild? Tikka 1934 stamped on the barrel.
Not sure about that, but there is a lot of info on the M27 here, including details that may help you determine just what you have:
http://www.mosinnagant.net/finland/The-Finnish-M27.asp
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Originally Posted by 2dumb2kwit View Post
I did break down and buy my first Finn, a while back, though. I found it in a pawn shop, and they didn't know what it was. I didn't either, really, but I knew it was a Finn. When I got home, I had to do some reading to figure it out.

Don't hate me for this, but I scored a P-26.........CHEAP!
Great find, and all the more so since those are readily distinguishable, or at least the one in the photo here is.



The markings on lots of Mosins are hard to read, though, I've noticed. They don't tend to come with that white highlighting.

How is that done, btw, anyone know off-hand?



No other rifle has been as important to Finland as the Mosin Nagant Model 1891. While other Finnish models might come to mind, when collectors think of Finland the Mosin Nagant M91 has no peer in importance to the Finnish nation. It was the M91 that set into motion the Finnish line of rifles that so many of us collect today, and there were more M91s issued in Finland than any other version of the Mosin Nagant rifle. If not for the M91 the history of Finnish firearms would have taken a far different course. In this article I will explain the history of the M91s as used in Finland. In a later article I will cover in details some of the less common versions of Finnish M91s such as the M91rv, the M91 P-Series Dragoon, the Finnish converted Dragoon, the M91 with stock discs in place, the no date/no maker version, and other rarities. ...
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Today the so called P-Series M91s are prized items for the Finnish collector because overall production totals were low and many of these rifles were lost in war time. While uncommon, these can still be found by today’s collector and should be considered one of the more desirable versions of the Finnish Mosin Nagant. Those lucky enough to own a Dragoon version with a relined barrel are very fortunate to have such an unusual variant of the Finnish Mosin Nagant. ...
http://www.mosinnagant.net/finland/M91inFinland.asp
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Originally Posted by 2dumb2kwit View Post
Da.

And now it's time for my mid-day shot of Tito's.
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The first thing I noticed about this M39 was the amazing quality and craftsmanship of the stock. I prefer the post and globe type front sight, but that isn't the way these were made. The rear sight notch is tiny, probably to take advantage of the rifle's inherent accuracy. The barrel is 1941 Sako, receiver is 1897 Sestroryetsk.
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Originally Posted by freesw View Post
How is that done, btw, anyone know off-hand?
I heard somebody say that he uses white out (Liquid paper).
He said that he just kinda does it sloppy, and then wipes off the top and it leaves enough in the stamp to stand out.

I've never tried it, myself.
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That's a good lookin' M39....let us know how it shoots.
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I'm assuming there may be one or more shims, and in another forum saw a post from someone who'd disassembled his and as soon as the receiver was off the stock saw there were three shims, and they'd shifted. He couldn't tell for sure where they'd been. So I got to figure out how to avoid that, or fix it if it happens. But the good news is there's hardly any cosmoline. It looks like there never was.

The photos online that show the markings in that visible white do look like the white out method was used.
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Originally Posted by 2dumb2kwit View Post
I heard somebody say that he uses white out (Liquid paper).
He said that he just kinda does it sloppy, and then wipes off the top and it leaves enough in the stamp to stand out.

I've never tried it, myself.
A white crayon, or wax stick works great too. Easy to remove with some rubbing alcohol if you want it only for photographing.

I love the M-39's. Have a few myself. I still need to get hold of one of the SKy issued/marked ones though, to round out my small M-39 collection.

If I remember correctly, the M-39's should all have correct bores for shooting any of the 7.62x54R surplus currently on the market. Around .310"-.311" bores if I recall.
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Originally Posted by freesw View Post
I'm assuming there may be one or more shims, and in another forum saw a post from someone who'd disassembled his and as soon as the receiver was off the stock saw there were three shims, and they'd shifted. He couldn't tell for sure where they'd been. So I got to figure out how to avoid that, or fix it if it happens. But the good news is there's hardly any cosmoline. It looks like there never was.
I have found that taking the barreled action out of the stock, correct side up (as one would normally shoot the rifle), negates the possibility of loosing a shim or having one fall. Most of the time they will stay with the stock.

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Originally Posted by Ash View Post
If I remember correctly, the M-39's should all have correct bores for shooting any of the 7.62x54R surplus currently on the market. Around .310"-.311" bores if I recall.
You recall correctly; found out it's .310":
http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinM39.htm

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I have found that taking the barreled action out of the stock, correct side up (as one would normally shoot the rifle), negates the possibility of loosing a shim or having one fall. Most of the time they will stay with the stock.

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Just what I needed to know, thanks.
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