Originally Posted by TXWolf
I agree on all these statements. Buying a rifle like this online is most likely a bad idea. I've bought plenty of things online, so I know how these things can run. Buying the same rifle at a local gun store is your best bet. That way you can know exactly what your buying after making your own examinations of it, and it most likely would be cheaper too. Shipping costs is what always got me when I ordered online.
Though, I'm not with questions of my own. I came across a small family owned gun shop that have 4 Mosin Nagant M91/30's for sale, they charged $120 for each one. I due have to admit, getting a rifle like this one is something on my bucket-list, but then it dawned on me that I'm 25, and I'm already trying to make a bucket-list while I'm in good health. Anyway, long story short, I decided to wait a while before thinking of buying it again. However, I do need to ask, if buying one of these rifles would be considered a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity. Because I just have this feeling that this may be my only chance of getting one, so most likely, would I be right, or wrong in waiting till later in the future to buy one?
There are some other thing's I'd like to ask as well. The reason I'd like to get this rifle is not only to have it, but I planned on hunting with it. I spoke to the shop employees at the store, as well as some friends who know more about guns than me. They all said that based on my area, "soft ammo" is the only ammo legal when it comes to hunting, not hard like full-metal-jackets or sniper rounds. However They also said that becasue of my states hunting regulations about Muzzle Velocity, a Mosin Nagant may be illegal to hunt with becasue of high velocity, even with soft ammo. So whats the velocity of a Mosin Nagant M91/30 with both hard and soft ammo? And if there are any hunters here who live in North Texas, what's the velocity limit for hunting? If I can't use this rifle, buying it may be a waste, even though I'm collecting the rifle as well.
The russians alone made 30-40 MILLION of these rifles. The russians stopped using them in the 1980's. Don't worry about hunting ammo(soft lead point)- lots of it made by BEar and other russian companies. Even US firms make some in reloadedable boxer primed non -corrosive ammo. The iron sights on most of the "long" Mosins go to 2000 meters. Soo do NOT snap shoot game and know what is BEHIND the game if you miss your shot. Do lots of range time. the M44 carbines go to 1500 meters. The effective range is about 1000 meters with a inexpensive scope.
The Finns made a couple of million and are prized by shooter and collectors (they are better made with good scandanavian steel or belgian steel.
I have one russian mosin rifle made in 1923 - I do not have a problem hunting with it. I do not consider it a collector piece- which I suspect someone will tell me it is.