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Old 05-07-2011, 17:59   #26
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I wouldn't hesistate to take a Mosin out to hunt. My M39 is 1-2 MOA at 100 yards but never count a Carbine out either.

My M44 at 50 yards

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Old 06-11-2011, 07:47   #27
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Bought my M44 a few years back for $75,the bore is in excellent shape but the original stock finish was in bad shape. I finally broke down and refinished it this year and added and S & K scope mount,my older eyes just don't see the irons at distance well anymore.

While I was at it I floated the the barrel and bedded the action and it now shoots 5 shot cluster all touching with my cast bullet loads at 50 yds. Can't wait to get to the range to try out some of my J bullet hand loads at 100 yds.


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Nice work on the stock.
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Originally Posted by SKS48 View Post
Bought my M44 a few years back for $75,the bore is in excellent shape but the original stock finish was in bad shape. I finally broke down and refinished it this year and added and S & K scope mount,my older eyes just don't see the irons at distance well anymore.

While I was at it I floated the the barrel and bedded the action and it now shoots 5 shot cluster all touching with my cast bullet loads at 50 yds. Can't wait to get to the range to try out some of my J bullet hand loads at 100 yds.


I normally throw a fit over people not leaving Mosins original....but that wood sure is purdy. LOL
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Originally Posted by 2dumb2kwit View Post
I normally throw a fit over people not leaving Mosins original....but that wood sure is purdy. LOL
i agree.. she is purdy
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Thanks guys,I use denatured alcohol and 0000 steel wool to remove the old shellac,never had to touch the exterior wood with any sandpaper. I applied two coat of rub on Minwax Red Mahogany 225 and let it dry about 12 hrs. between coats then finished it off with five coats of fast drying satin poly. It was amazing all the different marking that had been covered up by multiple coast of shellac.

The old girl shoots good as well.


All the Mosin fans might be interested in this article on WWII Sniper rifles. It starts on P.52 http://fmgpublications.ipaperus.com/...GUNS/GUNS0211/
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Originally Posted by SKS48 View Post
Thanks guys,I use denatured alcohol and 0000 steel wool to remove the old shellac,never had to touch the exterior wood with any sandpaper. I applied two coat of rub on Minwax Red Mahogany 225 and let it dry about 12 hrs. between coats then finished it off with five coats of fast drying satin poly. It was amazing all the different marking that had been covered up by multiple coast of shellac.

The old girl shoots good as well.


All the Mosin fans might be interested in this article on WWII Sniper rifles. It starts on P.52 GUNS Magazine Digital February 2011
thats pretty damn close to the what i did with mine but i used some kinda orange stripper and walnut minwax. The stamps on the wood all survived
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It is about 300FPS faster than the 308 yes it will make a good deer gun. Looks like you know how to shoot a very good grope how Meany yards was that? But do not use a mil round for deer hunting. GOOD LUCK
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That groups was my first cast bullet test loads shot at 50 yds. MV was around 1600+ fps. it's just a cheap plinking load that can be used or small to med. size game.

I've hand loaded for the 54r for several years,back before good reloadable boxer primed brass or ammo was available I pull FMJ surplus ammo bullets and replaced them with a good quality .311 jacketed SP bullet and made my own hunting ammo. Of course it not as simple as pulling the old bullet and replacing it with a new one there are certain things you need to do,but it will work with brass and steel case berdan primed surplus ammo if that's all you have and a box of SP bullets.

Some old ammo I reworked from L to R Bulgarian HB surplus,FMJ replaced with Hornady .312 174 gr. RN,Bulgarian LB,FMJ replaced with 150 gr. Tracer,FMJ replaced with Speer .311 150 gr. SP.


If you have the reloading tools and you find yourself in a survival situation and all you have is the FMJ surplus ammo you can pull and reverse the bullet which give you an open flat base bullet that similar to a flat nose bullet. The British call this a Dum-Dum bullet and Elmer Keith used it quiet a bit back in his day The Box O' Truth #50 - Shooting Bullets Backwards - Page 1
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M44 Carbine is a great rifle if you're lucky!

I bought one for 89 bucks at Big 5. Kept drifting the front sight never could move the POI. Upon further inspection I noticed the front sight was mounted slightly off axis. Then I looked into the scout mounts and went cheap and that would come loose even with thread locker the aluminum was giving ground under the shock. Now I mounted the Brass Stacker scout mount cut off the bayonet lug and blended it in and re-blued it. Wow, 50 yard sight in with tuna can ammo created one hole. I would not hesitate to hunt with that handy little carbine limited only by the 2x optic to about 200yds. Someday I'll put the Timney trigger in it which would help it tremendously. I did have him haul out five rifles before I found one to be in brand new condition, rifling and chamber Made in 1944.
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This is a old post, but still pertinent. I have a M44 and a M39. Back when I was a poorer man, the M39 was my only rifle and it went many times into the forest to harvest a deer. Wood chucks no problem, coyotes cower in fear, and deer run (well then run anyhow).
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I have a Mosin , I picked it up because it was only about $100 then , with all the Russian issue kit that went with it . I hunt with it , 7.62x54 is a good round , it does the job . The only issue some people may have is accuracy at long ranges . I dont like to shoot super long range , so its not a problem for me . Mine is a pre war version 1938 , excellent condition , Tula armory . I understand that some were pretty rough during the war years ...........some being made in factories that were literally under siege , until the Russians were able to get the steam roller moving again . if you have a Mosin , a good web site devoted to it is 7.62x54r.net , that will tell you where your mosin was made and other things ..........the Russians didnt keep track of serial numbers , all you can go by are the various stamps on the metal and lumber . Not a bad hunting rifle as far as vintage weapons go .........then again I have killed deer with a Win 1895 carbine also .........but I tell ya , 7.62x54 is a hell of a lot easier to find than 30-40 Krag , like my old 1895 takes .
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If you plan on hunting with irons, I've had to put roll pins on the front sight to adjust POI, mine always hot high.
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"Shoot High" is frequently a term relative to your aiming technique and your quarry.

I suspect the Mosin and a number of other vintage infantry rifles where sighted so that the bullet would impact center of mass when the body is placed on top of the post. I would guess that the hold naturally morphed into the whole target when the range was long enough that was hard to differentiate legs and body with the naked eye.

It is a subtle and neat way of getting a rather long "point blank" range for the average shooter who actually used his sights.

This "6-O'Clock" hold could work well for deer targets as well.
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