The first one I've had to deal with in 9 purchases. I was so excited to pick it up and then had a huge letdown. Well, hopefully I'll get a call soon telling me I can come pick it up, but not holding my breath.
i get delayed every time.
Are delays becoming more common? I've only bought one gun in last 12 months, about 6 months ago, a Tula 91-30 Mosin, and I walked out the door with gun in maybe 10 minutes.
What's the FBI thing i've heard of, UPIN? I think. Anybody know anything about that? supposedly it helps with purchasing firearms without delay.
Son-in-law has a Nagant for HD...he keeps the bayonet handy...the thing is medeval with the bayonet affixed...but it is ruff junk compared to a German or Yugo or CZ mauser...or any other manufactured combat or hunting arm from the 20th or 21st century.................Chechako..bring enough gun
Concerning the ATI stocks - if you go folding, I've had some issues with the common adaptors stripping easily (cross treading). My opinion is that they are using a lesser grade of Alum to make it.
However, ATI customer service is very good and works through these issues with you.
Buy it, shoot it. Then figure what you need. I have one completely stock (for nostalgic reasons, my great-grandfather carried one in the Baltic Wars) I find my 30.06 with it's thick rubber butt pad kicks worse that the Moison. The iron sights are 200 yards easily, if your eyesight is up to it. And yes, with the bayonet on it, she's 5 ft in length and seriously awesome.
Picked up my M38 today. All matching Serial numbers, good bore, except it has been counterbored. It is a 1943 (at least the 3 is what I made it out to be under a bright light and a magnifying glass) and it is in an M44 stock, which is not uncommon. Now I just have to make a trip to the range to test it out. Won't be able to do that for a while though.
Leave the Mosin Nagant alone. That's only one opinion but I agree with others posting above. It'd be like pouring funds down a rathole unless you're simply enjoying the hobby of sporterizing the Russian rifle for its own sake. If that's so then you need no justification and it becomes a labor of love.
I have a 91/30 around here and it's a hoot to shoot at long distance targets. The rifle is powerful and effective. It is not one of the speediest bolt action repeaters. The design doesn't lend itself well to convenient manipulation for follow-up shots. Repeat shots are relatively awkward compared to other bolt action designs. While any of several scope mounting schemes will do, it'd not be the most satisfactory rifle one could scope up.
I've taken several deer up to 200 yards with open-sighted rifles. The longest shot was a bit over 200 yards, taken from rested position on a rolled up coat, across the hood of a '69 Ford pickup. An unaltered Krag Jorgensen rifle in .30-40 was used to poke a 220 grain round nose bullet through both shoulders of a doe on this occasion. Sufficiently flat-shooting and effective the .30-40 proved to be and the 7.62X54R could be considered to be more powerful than the .30-40.
I've been considering taking the 91/30 out on our old place for a deer hunt in a spot where one can't see more than 200 yards and most shots offered would be half that distance. The rifle was a gift and it'd be cool to tell the giver that it put meat on the table.
I also agree with the leave it as is crowd, remorse kicks in about one uh-oh second after your done. If I were going to spend $350.00 for a rifle personally I would get a lever action 30-30 and call it a day. However if you do take the Mosin Nagant hunting attach the bayonet and you maybe over come with the urge to charge the deer. Just pretend it is wearing field gray and wearing a coal bucket helmet.
Fix bayonets.......200 yards for a Mosin is just out of bayonet range. LOL