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post #31 of 63
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Originally Posted by eggboy 

If I get a Mosin Nagant, instead of taking it to a gun smith is there some way that I could tell if the gun is able to handle the bullet myself? If I do get one it would be a 91/30 Mosin Nagant if that helps any. If I do have to take it to a gun smith how much would it cost? Also is there any way to tell what year a Mosin Nagant was made in?


Eggboy, to keep it simple No there is no way for you to do it yourself beyond a visual inspection. This won't tell you if there is excess spacing or other issues that could cause blow back or worse.  As far as the year I cannot help you ID that, but I personally would take any gun manufactured in Russia or a former satellite state to a gun smith, and that includes a gun that was made last month. To be blunt the quality control stinks.

It has been a few years since I've had a gun inspected, but I can't think it would run you more than $30-$50 today. This is only a guess, call a couple gun smiths and ask them the question.

If you don't mind me asking what are you looking at spending? This may help us all direct you towards something that you can use and is within your budget. I like my new Marlin XL7 and recommend one, but if that is more than you are wanting to spend that recommendation does you no good.

Good luck with your search.

post #32 of 63

I use a Marlin 30-30, but it is more of a brush gun and isn't the best for long shots. I use Hornady's new Leverloution that has a flex tip instead of those big round dead weights. I have killed deer with it at 200 yards before, so it isn't really bad. It is accurate and powerful enough to kill a deer, bear, elk, or whatever else you may shoot. If you want a reference you can ask the 9 deer I dropped with it, and the 20 something my Dad killed.

post #33 of 63
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If you don't mind me asking what are you looking at spending? This may help us all direct you towards something that you can use and is within your budget. I like my new Marlin XL7 and recommend one, but if that is more than you are wanting to spend that recommendation does you no good.


I'd rather not spend more than $200 on a rifle.


Edited by eggboy - 1/2/11 at 4:50pm
post #34 of 63

There are 2 words you can't use in the same sentence when taking about a gun, GOOD AND CHEAP.  A cheap rifle can hurt or kill YOU  as fast as it can your target.  If you can find someone that is getting rid of a rifle that some family member had and has died, you may get a cheap gun, that is in good working order.  If not you are asking for more trouble than the rifle is worth.  Look at it this way, you can go out and buy an old beat up truck and fix it.  In most cases it will be almost as good as new.  But with an old rifle, the barrel can blow up, the stock can break or the thing could just be worn out and you get a blow back and you are blind.  Spent the extra money and be safe.  I would rather you get a good quality rifle that won't hurt you, than a cheap piece of junk that will cause me to have to send flowers some day.

post #35 of 63
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If you can find someone that is getting rid of a rifle that some family member had and has died, you may get a cheap gun, that is in good working order.


I hope not if they were killed by it. tongue

post #36 of 63
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But seriously I think that there are good and cheap guns out there just waiting me such as the Mosin Nagant they are cheap (because the Russians made so many) and as long as you know what you are looking for you can get a good quality gun. Though I am going to check into the head space requirment thing.

post #37 of 63

I did not read thru all the pages here, but if I were looking for a cheap deer rifle, I'd look for a used one. There are a lot of good ones to be had, locally we have a few shops who sell used and also Cabelas has a lot of used rifles.  Also Savage sells the "EDGE" which had excellent reviews and can be had for around $300.00 new. Good luck!

post #38 of 63
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If I got some other gun instead of a Mosin Nagant would I still have to check the headspace? Do you only have to check headspace on military guns or do you have to do it on all guns?

post #39 of 63

I don't normally recommend weapons.

If you are going to be hunting in mainly brush or expect most of your shooting to be within two hundred yards you need look no further than a Marlin 336 in .30-30 or .35 Remington.  You will likely be able to find one in various newspaper ads, make certain you have it checked by a qualified gunsmith before purchasing it.  They are a common deer rifle. 

Whatever you get make certain you get familiar with how your weapon operates with each load you use in it.

For the record I've owned one for the last 40 years.

A reformed varmint,  father to  1 WR, 1 GC, 2 BJG kits, and 14 beautiful new GC ladies.
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post #40 of 63
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Originally Posted by eggboy 

If I got some other gun instead of a Mosin Nagant would I still have to check the headspace? Do you only have to check headspace on military guns or do you have to do it on all guns?


If you are talking about a new gun from a US gun manufacturer my answer would be NO. If you get a used gun, that would be up to you, I have all used guns checked out. It's not just a military gun issue, I just don't know what the previous owner may have done, maybe they tried to shoot "hot" home loads, or shot out the barrel, etc....  A gunsmith can check and make sure what looks safe really is safe.

There are some good, new hunting bolt actions rifles out there by Savage and Marlin, I believe for under $300 in the box. I know it is more than you are looking at spending but NIB does have its advantage, you know the exact history of the gun.

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