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I was thinking about buying a Mosin to use a sporterized hunting rifle. Just because I keep hearing it can be done pretty cost-effectively. Any ideas from anybody who's tried it?

Do any manufacturers make a good hunting round for the Mosin?

I've got a couple of other rifles but was just interested in the Mosin's because my brother-in-law bought one and I shot it a few times and it was a fun rifle.

Any thoughts on this?
 

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I highly recommend the M91/30 for practical use, but only if you plan to stick to iron sites. I wouldn't try to scope one. The 91/30has a long site radius good for accurate shooting. The action is super smooth. You can get hunting ammo from Wolf or Winchester. Power's comparable to a 30-06, so it'll take pretty much any non-dangerous animal on the continent, plus the smaller carnivores.

Far as Sporterizing goes, nothing really needs to be changed. Most I'd do is slip it into a sporter stock for hunting in order to preserve the original stock for collecting.
 

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unless you can do the work your self, don't. cheapest way is to get a synthetic stock and a scout type scope arrangement, the mount fits on the rearsight base.
 

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yup I agree
A mosin based scout rifle type rifle is as good as it gets.
install a hunting stock and a scout type pistol scope mounted on the rear sight base. a sling
ya got a easy to pack lighter weight HIGH POWER rifle and its cheap too so it would not be a disaster to take it out in the fields and "Scout around"
A M44 or 38 would be a good choice to do this to.
the reality is that it is possible to take either one on these rifles in to the field just as they are, (with the original ironsights and stocks)
VERY effective deer rifle
soft point ammunition avalible from wolff and a few other manufacturers.
Hey at least we are getting something for winning the cold war
 

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Thinking about getting another M38 and tinkering with it...91/30 is Wayyyyyy too long.
 

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I bought an M91/30 from Sarco in fair condition for 35.00. A friend of mine needed a rear sight for one. I sold him the rear sight for 20.00 leaving my gun with no sight, so I drilled it and tapped it, cut the stock down, heated the bolt with a blow torch in a vise and bent it, mounted a 6.00 universal weaver base, and put a 29.00 Tasco scope on it. I shot it at 100 yards with some Hungarian ammo that I pulled the military bullets and replaced with soft points (.308's I might add when the 7.62x54R is actually .311) It shot 3" groups. Not good acuracy by a long shot, and looked like crap, but made an adequate short range deer rifle
for $50.00
 

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NRAJOE said:
Thinking about getting another M38 and tinkering with it...91/30 is Wayyyyyy too long.
or maybe your wayyyyy too short Komrade NRAJOEsivich :p :)
 

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the more I work my action the longer my barrel gets, uh
well, "metaforically speaking":):)
a m38 or a m44 is perfect for a short deer rifle
If you leave the bayonet attached to the m44 ya never need that kill shot when you walk up on to the wounded deer.:)
If I did not allready have so many "Perfect deer rifles"
and I wanted to hunt and was strapped for cash a m38 or m44 with a scout rifle scope would be my choice.
 

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Well I plan on taking my Finn M39 out soon. Not that I really need another deer rifle like Dennis, but I say why not.
I plan on hunting with it.
 

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Why sporterize? It may look like a hunting rifel but will not shoot any better. Mosin's vary with accuracy, some are tack drivers others could not drop a deer at 50 yards. Check the barrel and check for pitting or damage to the crown. If you can see a bright and shiny barrel and the lands are clear and clean chances are great you have a great and accurate shooter. sometimes all you nned to do is clean them. I personally hunt white tail with my Fin 39. I have take 7 point deer with them.
 
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