My new toy!

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by JLA, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    range report... Fired yesterday about 4:30 in the afternoon, it was a balmy 85 degrees, with a slight crosswind that may have hit 5 mph at most. Fired form a solid bench with sandbags front and rear.

    Ammo used:
    Winchester White box (metric calibers)
    7.62X54R 180 gr FMJ

    decided on doin the range report with factory fodder 1) because i needed more brass and the win brass is good stuff. 2) itll gimme an excuse to do yet another range report with cast booilt loads in once fired brass, neck sized of course:D

    First couple pics are of the rifle planted on the shootn bench...

    First target is 150 yd target (lowest setting on rear sight) to see how much adjusting i needed to do.... % shots, excellent group (especially for irons) front sight a little off and yes it shoots about 6 inches high...

    Second target 250 yds, fired 4 rounds after adjusting the front sight left a little with the rear still set at 150, hits POA. (the fifth round was fired through a piece of 1/4 inch steel I had just for giggles;))

    It was a short range session and i really didnt give the rifle time to foul or warm up even. But i got my answers and I went home to tweak it a little.

    A little precision filework on the sights (opened em up a little so I can see better) and i hit the range again today....

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  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Today the weather was identical to yesterday with the wind a bit stronger. same crosswind but 10-20 mph gusts, not bad, I have shot in worse;)

    First group with the finn was at 50 just to verify sight alignment and to make sure I didnt screw the sights up, much to my surprise.. a 1 holer! (just 50 yds though:))

    So I set a target at 100 yds and fired 10 consecutive carefully aimed shots...
    Very satisfied at this point despite the wind gusts.

    Moved to 150 to shoot my deer vitals. 5 hits, 4 out of 5 in the lungs. one would have disabled the animal but I would have had to finish it. The wind began to have its effect beyond 100 and the 200 and 250 werent worth taking pictures of.

    I am hitting the press tonight and loading up a batch of 200 gr cast lead for tomorrows ladder test. The abilities of this rifle exceed the abilities of the shooter by far. Im really fighting myself over mounting a scope in a solid mount to get the most out of this rifle:confused:

    BTW... sorry for the small pics. I forgot the camera today and had to take them with my cell...

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  3. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Thanks for the great pictures and the range report. All great stuff.
  4. TRAP55

    TRAP55 Active Member're hooked.:D
    I've been playing with IMR Trail Boss powder, and some 110grn cast. The Trail Boss is foolproof, you can't possibly overload with it. No need for gas checks, fps stays under sonic, and no recoil. Burns clean too. Any case and bullet weight, fill the case to the bottom of the neck and seat a bullet.
    Subsonic loads in a Mosin, backyard crows are hating life around here.:)
  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    nice. I got my boolits lubed and sized/gaschecks seated. Im going for a MV of somewheres around 1700-1800 fps with the 200 grainers. I got me some trailboss too. Might try some of those 'bb gun' loads for the M39:) thanks trap
  6. TRAP55

    TRAP55 Active Member

    Josh, the secret got out and they are hard to find now, but the Czech practice ammo is a kick to shoot. 46grn bullet, made from a plastic filled copper jacket, muzzle velocity of 3,800fps. Velocity falls off fast, but it's good out to 200yrds. Makes one hell of a varmint load at 100yrds. No recoil, but they develop enough pressure to cycle the action on my SVT-40 and PSL-54.
    Reason I mention em, for some reason, the accuracy in M39's is great inside 100yrds. This is what they look like if you run across some:
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    neat. Ill keep my eyes peeled. Thanks trap!

    I just got back from the range shooing the first test batch of cast loads. I decided against the ladder test due to wind. Its very windy today. I just loaded a 50 round batch with 28.8 grains of reloader 7 (smack dab in the middle of the data listd in the lyman 49 manual) accuracy was fantastic despite the wind. Groups fired at 100 yds and the rear sight had to be set at 4+1 notch to hit POA and the best part..... NO LEADING and very little felt recoil (about comparable to light .243) I could shoot all day with cast loads and the boolits were smacking the steel targets as hard as they seemed to with full power loads, I fired one into a barrel of water to test expansion (none whatsoever) and the barrel (a 35 gallon drum) jumped straight up 3 feet still full of water (I gotta start you-tubing;)). I am one very happy camper with this rifle, they get my seal of approval for sure. Yall quit wasting your money on them cheap ruskies and buy a real nagant...;)...:D

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  8. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    NICE!!! And I agree with buying the "real" deal, they are what they are, made to shoot and shoot good!
  9. TRAP55

    TRAP55 Active Member

    Two trips to the range......and see how ya are already.:D
  10. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I cant deny the quality and workmanship the finns put into the development of these rifles. they built them like thier own lives depended on them. The ruskies built them for 10 million peasant soldiers because it was easier to convince a man to fight for his country against his own free will if he had somewhat of a weapon to do it with...

    I have owned and fired accurate ruskies, they arent all bad, but I bought 4 before i found one that would print decently on paper.

    This is my first finn, I have read and read and read some more to learn as much as i could about them before I even bought it, so my expectations were high when I laid this one on the bench and Im very satisfied. This is a rifle, i purchased on merit alone, contributing to my scarily unfailing ability to trust the word of people who i dont even know that live hundreds of miles away, and i get it home, and take it apart, everything was like I had researched, i load it and it shoots fanfreakintastic with the very first thing i feed it. Coincidence??? I think not...;)

    Off the shelf ruskies demand hand pickin and tons of work to shoot even close to the finns. so yeah, id say save another 150 bucks and buy a real mosin nagant, chances are youre gonna spend at least that getting a ruskie to shoot, I know because i have...:cool:
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2010
  11. wyoredot

    wyoredot New Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    very cool, one of these days I'd like one as well. They are history for sure.
  12. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
  13. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    Thats a very nice rifle you have there jla. I think with it being unissued for 330 you cant beat it. I have to say after i have been working on reloading and changing to the huber trigger i am definatley impressed with the mosin now. Its a great rifle and i look forward to finally deer hunting with it. I think it would be quite fun deer hunting with a wwii rifle. Again rifle looks beautiful.
  14. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Thanks Z. I will use this one to hunt with from time to time as well. Its a pretty comfortable rig to carry, a little heavy at 9.9 pounds but it slings up well and the weight is evenly distributed. It carries well and isnt uncomfortable on a good half mile walk. I carry african safari style when I go hunting and this thing flips right up into action quickly and easily.
  15. gandog56

    gandog56 Member

    May 9, 2008
    Mobile AL.
    My Finn M39


    What she did at 50 yards (First time I fired it to see how she grouped)


    Yep, that's 5 rounds of the dreaded Czech Silvertip Light Ball.