Re: Mosin Nagant question????
Some 40 years had lapsed since I was involved in shooting.
A short time ago for several different reasons, the decision was made to get back in to the sport, target only. I am not a wealthy sportsman, so the price of ammo, as well as the rifle were a concern. As a kid, my favorite was my 30-06 Springfield. Following examination of weapon , ammo prices and my bank account, it was evident that the old favorite was not going to happen.
Having no knowledge, the web and forums were scoured. After some time, the decision was made to try the 91/30. All the reasons listed in this thread were key. Ammo price (later ,ballistics) price and availability, parts, etc.
Two were purchased. One has been left in Holy Grail condition. The matching numbers,
slop-o-coat finish and toy kit are complete. Reading the concerns about preserving the breed, not to butcher history, this will be put up and shot once and a while. These thoughts are understood. There are only 17 million of them. The price has rocketed up to $125 to $300.?
The other one is my shooter. My goal being to become proficient at 500 meters.
Initially I questioned if the old 91/.30 or myself were capable. Ballistics say yes.
A you tube post that most have probably seen, 3 hits of 5 at an 18” circle, 1000 yards
tell me the 91/30 is capable. Given proper set up, it is plus or minus pilot error.
Set up for me………..
ATI pad installed with the butt trimmed to yield a LOP of 13 1/8”.
Slop-o-coat finish was removed. Refinished in lighter tone. A very nice piece of wood.
Budget trigger fix, shim and new spring were installed.
The action was bedded in the stock.
NOT ALLOWED yielded a kit with entry level scope, mount, sling and the ATI pad..
Total investment at this point is $170. First outing 100 yards, last five shots, three on the 9 black border. One 1” from the dead center 10, one 1” from that. Finish should be 1-2 MOA.
What did I learn……………? Retailers are of these are not the same. Some pay almost nothing from the importer and shovel it out the door. Some pay more to the importer and take some concern in what they sell to you. The direction that was taken by me, was suggested by the retailer. Black OPS Gear was a help.
It is not necessary to be a wealthy sportsman to be good shooter. If I was well to do…….
probably buy another 91/30.