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Buying a 91/30

Postby Freedom2Ignite » Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:53 am

What do I need to look for? My local fun store has crates of these things laying around. What should I look for? What makes a good rifle and what makes it great? Any issues to look for? I tried to look for a first time buyers guide, but didn't see anything.

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Re: Buying a 91/30

Postby Shepard » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:28 am

Look for the brightest bore possible, with sharp crisp lands and grooves. Check for pitting and corrosion. Check the woodwork for cracks, make sure all parts are present. Also if there is any type of choice -- round receiver or hex receiver, go for the hex --- IMO it is a stronger set up.
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Re: Buying a 91/30

Postby Marauder 1 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:42 am

I agree with Sheps post above.

Personally I like the machining on the earlier rifles, it is better than the war time built ones. If you can find a rifle from the 20's or 30's you'll clearly see the fit and finish are much better.

Now if your looking to mod it, look for a common from those years. There are online resources that will give you a numbered scale as to how rare a particular rifle is. Please avail yourself of them because you might come across a very valuable specimen.

Look for a year that is a 1,2 or 3 on the scale. You'll be kicking yourself when you find that rifle that you just modded was a really rare rifle and it's worth a lot of money to some collector out there.

I personally only mod commons, I personally own a few rare Mosin Nagant and they will stay as they are.

If you have questions on a particular rifle post you questions and photos we'll try and help.

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Re: Buying a 91/30

Postby USSR » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:45 am

Also look to see if it is counterbored, sometimes those have seen quite a bit of service and the bore is ratty.
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Buying a 91/30

Postby Freedom2Ignite » Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:14 pm

Thanks guys! I will have to look for the numbers on line. I will also have to look up counter bore.

Shot a friends Rem 700 30-06, and now I really want a big bolt gun.
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Re: Buying a 91/30

Postby kermit » Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:40 am

if you lived near san diego i could show you on mine what to look for. my very best shooter by very small margin is my 1942 Izhevsk M91-30. but it was also the most mix match of parts. most fun to shoot is my 1954 T53 chinese M44. garbage can size fireball and louder than my M91-30s.
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Buying a 91/30

Postby Freedom2Ignite » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:03 am

kermit wrote:if you lived near san diego i could show you on mine what to look for. my very best shooter by very small margin is my 1942 Izhevsk M91-30. but it was also the most mix match of parts. most fun to shoot is my 1954 T53 chinese M44. garbage can size fireball and louder than my M91-30s.


That would be cool. The mix match of parts is why I am not sure what makes a good shooter. Also the reason I having picked one up yet. First 91/30 I saw at the range must hAve had a smooth bore because at 20 yards, the bullet was sideways in the target.

M44's are hard to find right now, but fun.
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Re: Buying a 91/30

Postby Marauder 1 » Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:22 pm

  First 91/30 I saw at the range must hAve had a smooth bore because at 20 yards, the bullet was sideways in the target.  


That can also happen if the guy is a reloader and the load is too hot. I've seen that during my reloading classes. We purposely created a load that was at the high end of the loading scale and the round went through the target with a lot of off axis spin.

It was weird because you would not think it would make a cut out shape but it did.

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Re: Buying a 91/30

Postby kermit » Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:34 pm

Freedom2Ignite wrote:
M44's are hard to find right now, but fun.

a chinese T53 is a M44 and Aim Surplus has T53 carbine for $119 plus $25 if you have a C&R03FFL like i do. M91-30 is $89 at Aim.
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Re: Buying a 91/30

Postby USSR » Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:13 pm

a Type 53 is not an M44 but it IS of the exact same dimensions and has the better trigger IMO. A friend of mine has told me the prices of T53's has dropped recently. I do recommend the carbine models as they are a great size and a blast to shoot.
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