I picked up a Mosin Nagant M-44 carbine for the very nice price of FREE. The first thing I did was chop the stock and remove the bayonet, this lightened the rifle significanty. I cleaned whatever goop those comunists used for lubrication and soaked the bore to remove the skuzz in there too. I was quite surprised at the accuracy and power of the 7.62x54R round and started to grow fond of the ugly Russian fence post.
This rifle has developed a problem... It seems to be striking the primers light and causing the dreaded NO BANG. The primers are dented, but no POW. The same ammunition fired from another rifle will fire. I can screw the firing pin out a few turns and this seems to correct the problem. I have had trigger problems and magazine feeding issues in the past.
Is the M-44 a turd? Should I just cut this thing up and start over with an Enfeild or a Mauser? Inexpensive home defence and spare deer rifle is the target use of this weapon.