Hey guys, Made a video of this mornings shoot session with the Mosin Nagant 91/30. I set a 1 gallon water jug at 400 yards away, and nail it in 3 hits! You can even see the bullet trail if you look close!
We use to belong to a range that had metal targets set out at 100. 200, 350, 500, 600, & 800 yds. We never shot at paper at that range. My son-in-law and I have a few (him many) military rifles from all era's including Mosin Nagants. Some with optics and some without. The 200 yd metals were no problem with any of them. About 400 yds was a breaking point where the scoped guns had little problems and the metal sight guns started to have serious misses. But My son-in-law had a couple of Mausers that he was able to use at 600 yds on a deer sized metal target. He of course had to walk in the shots but he could hit it. My Mosin Nagant even with clone optics was not one of the first runners but 2 to 3 hundred yds was not an impossible challenge for it, even with metal sights.
Mosin Nagants are not my favorite military gun as they are a bit too crude for me (but I have one), I like the WWII and post-WWII semi-autos much better. I like M1 Garand's, FN-FAL's, H&K's (actually new PTR91 clone). Our choices in California are very limited but I have all the ones I ever wanted.
I did a 500 yard shoot at a torso silhouette when I first got the rifle and was able to land %60 of the shots. It just starts to get tough to see targets that far with the naked eye. My buddy just picked up a MSG PTR91, right now it's setup with a nightvision scope for night time coyote hunting. I'm sure I'll make a few video with that bad boy too! we put a cheap leopold from walmart on the PTR when he got it and I shot a 3 shot group 2.5" at 630 yards. I'm not sure how accurate these rifles are but I still think it was a fluke. I haven't had a chance to try that again to see what the deal really is.
No fluke. These PTR-91's are accurate. But do heed the instruction sheet that comes with them about not using certain Surplus ammos. Seems some use a sealant on the bullet that fouls the bolt locking mechanism to the point the gun quits working. It happened to my son-in-laws when he had failed to read the warning sheet. I, on other hand, shooting next to him had no problem with our new PTR's because all my ammo was reloaded by me with no sealants. Nothing short of a thorough cleaning of the bolt assembly got his gun operational again.