Cheap Hunting Rifle: the Mosin Nagant

Cheap Hunting Rifle: the Mosin Nagant Many Americans first deer rifle was the venerable and inexpensive Mosin Nagant 1891/30, a rifle first designed well over 100 years ago and produced […]

Hunting rifles Mosin Nagant Russian and Finnish Cheap Hunting Rifle: the Mosin Nagant

Many Americans first deer rifle was the venerable and inexpensive Mosin Nagant 1891/30, a rifle first designed well over 100 years ago and produced in staggering numbers and variations by a many nations.

You can find lots of Mosin stuff at Amazon and Brownells.

As of this writing, arsenal refinished Mosin Nagant rifles imported by Century Arms are selling for $200 at a local Big Box retail store. *July 2016 update: Make that $275-325, if you can find one at all!* It was not too many years ago that it was easy to find Mosin Nagants by the crate for less than $100 per rifle. With a very low acquisition cost and plentiful surplus ammo flooding the market from communist block countries, the Mosin Nagant has long been a great option for a dirt cheap hunting rifle capable of taking down most any North American game.

Supply constraints

Of late, import restrictions have made importation of Comm Block guns and ammo more difficult. Additionally, fighting and political issues are preventing most importers from accessing the Mosin rifles that are still packed away in long term storage warehouses in many countries around the world.

Compound these supply constraints with the recent surge in Mosin Nagant rifle modernization upgrades that are driving demand and it is easy to see why Mosins aren’t as cheap as they once were.

Lots of upgrade options

Companies making mosin upgrade parts and upgrades include:

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Hunting with a Mosin Nagant rifle

Hunting rifles Mosin Nagant boltsA Mosin owner can likely hunt successfully with an old military surplus (milsurp) Mosin simply by cleaning off the long term storage grease and running a few clean patches down the barrel. However, anyone wanting more from their Mosin Nagant has a wide variety of options to modify the rifle to their liking.

The Mosin Nagant fires a proven round first developed in the late 1800s, the 7.62 x 54r. According to the loads listed in Modern Reloading by Richard Lee, the 7.62 x 54 Russian round (sometimes called the 7.62x 53 Russian) can be loaded with light, fast 110 grain bullets traveling over 3,200 FPS, all the way up to heavy, but still supersonic at over 2,000 FPS, 220 grain bullets. Using bullets This gives a wide range of ballistic load options for the handloader to customize to their needs. Many folks liken the Mosin round to that of the .30-06 Springfield.

There is a TON of information available on the Mosin Nagant, like this book on The Mosin Nagant Rifle.  Heck, you can even get a Mosin Nagant manual in English for cheap.

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Originally posted 2015-08-05 17:23:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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