Mosin Nagants in Illinois?

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by DigitalRX, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. DigitalRX

    DigitalRX New Member

    Apr 27, 2009
    I just bought a 91/30 in what seems like very good condition, no pitting in the barrel, hasn't been counterbored, all the numbers match up, no rust etc. I just bought some ammo and some dummy ammo to test the cycling of the rifle before going shooting with it. I noticed that I have to put a very large amount of pressure on the bolt handle when I go to close it and seat the round under the extractor. Everything is well oiled, I haven't checked the headspace yet as I'm waiting for my order to arrive. Is this common with the 91/30? Or do I have one that still needs to be worn in more? It extracts well, there is just heavy resistance when I go to close the bolt on a round. It does this with both the dummy rounds and the live rounds.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2009
  2. DigitalRX

    DigitalRX New Member

    Apr 27, 2009

  3. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

    Mosin_Nagant_Fan Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Montgomery, AL
    Have you cleaned the cosmoline? Most of them have it and should be cleaned, thoroughly. Another thing about old Russian rifles is that they can bind, this is because that where made by the millions and are generally rough.
  4. rfawkes

    rfawkes New Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Elizabethtown, IL
    My friends and I all have one or more of these. They all have a bolt that requires slapping around like a .... They were rough when made and will always be rough. But the important thing to remember is they will be shooting after you are gone.
  5. GoodOl'12gauge

    GoodOl'12gauge New Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    My 91/30 is the same way. Its rough as hell and has never let me down. As long as it works it can be as rough as it wants.
  6. USMARINE1884

    USMARINE1884 New Member

    Aug 2, 2009
    Some of the Mosin actions are tough my friend has one that you need to smack the the heck out of the open and close the bolt but it fires great and he hasn't had any issues. It was check by two gunsmiths both giving him the ok.
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