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Haven't fired it yet........ But that will change soon.

I paid $150 for it from a private seller. He had bought it last year and fired it a few times times since. But right now, he needed the money more than another rifle at the moment.

I've read where these were going for around $100 or so. (Or a bit under depending where you live) It was the first one I had seen up close around here. Impulse buy? Maybe. But being a history buff, the rifle was available and the price was affordable.

It is Russian and all the serial numbers match. It's marked 1945 (issued that year, I imagine). The only part missing is the cleaning rod however this can be replaced/restored. Wood stock is not laminated and in very good condition. All steel parts are rust free, no dings or corrosion.

Checked the bore and found it "dark" with some powder residue what I expected from it being fired but not cleaned. No rust, pits or anything else though. Used Hoppe's #9 and after several patches, the last ones came out clean. Cleaned the action of any possible residue and lightly oiled it so it opens/closes smoother now.

The previous owner had four rounds to give me. None were steel cased. Two were FMJ and two were hunting rounds (lead tipped) Will be buying some surplus ammo tomorrow though and anything else I may need. (e.g. earplugs ;))
 

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Hi and thanks for the tips!

After calling around, I found a gun store that carried the ammunition. 20 rounds (FMJ) surplus military wrapped in paper for $8. So bought several. Haven't a clue what country these came from though.
(To Shop Tom, thank you for sharing the video. Um yes, I did buy some ear plugs. My local range also has a canopy with a metal roof. Every time I fired any weapon standing underneath or or sitting at the bench there.....that metal roof just enhances the report! Yep, looking forward to the "fireball".....at least "once")

The gun store is run by an older couple and their son with a couple of helpers. It's been in the same spot for ages and visited there before. A decent selection of new and old firearms whether military surplus or civilian. BP or modern. "Shotgun" style store (longer than it is wide) . Very helpful and friendly. There is a more comfortable , laid back "feeling" than some larger ones I've been in. I don't know if it is permissible here to give their store's name or not.

Anyway, they had a Russian M44 carbine (stamped 1944) in their Military Surplus Rifle rack along the wall. Also a Finnish M38 Mosin Nagant carbine. Newly acquired as I hadn't seen these the last time I was there (several weeks ago)

You can look a photos in books and on line, but it's not the same as being able to physically look over and compare the two.

Their M44 was marked with the same importer's name as the one found on my mine!

The stock was oiled and the action had more blue left on. It still had its cleaning rod and asked Roy if he had another in stock....unfortunately, no. Looked down the bore (of course this one was clean). Outside of shining a wee bit more than mine (after cleaning it thoroughly), the condition was the same.

So asked husband a few general questions about the Mosin after describing mine to him. For a military surplus rifle they are quite accurate ( two inch groups) if you get one with a good bore. Cleaning tips were the same. He had a $199 price on this particular one because of its overall general condition and the bore (depending on condition, his prices run between $79 to $199.)

By the way, the Finnish one had the same price.

I asked him about the recoil since everyone seems to say it kicks hard. More so than an Enfield 303. But as I've fired my husband's 45-70 Sharps (Modern powder...not BP) I wondered if the "kick" would be similar while pushing out that heavier bullet. But then, it's a heavier rifle overall compared to the M44. So the Sharps absorbs the recoil energy more than a lighter, smaller caliber rifle. His opinion was it was close, but if I could handle a 45-70 "kick", the M44 should be manageable.

Heh....will find out soon enough. "grins".
 

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Hello WHSmithIV

Yes, buying in bulk like that would be better. For what I paid, buying online would have been cheaper overall although the shipping charges would been high. At least I have more than the four rounds I started with.

I will keep your suggestion in mind.
 
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