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Old December 6th, 2016, 10:40 PM   #1
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M39 Mossin Nagant for across the course

I was wondering if anyone has used on for across the course. I was thinking i could put a websling on it or maybe a 1907 sling on it. I put one on lay away a few days ago. The sights trigger all seem really nice. I need some factory ball ammo thats OK any suggestion.


Anyone ever tried it?

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I was wondering if anyone has used on for across the course. I was thinking i could put a websling on it or maybe a 1907 sling on it. I put one on lay away a few days ago. The sights trigger all seem really nice. I need some factory ball ammo thats OK any suggestion.


Anyone ever tried it?
I used one in a match in Mississippi in May, 2012. A match for milsurp bolt action rifles made before 1945 only, and all shooting from prone from 200, 300 and 600 yards.

The M39 has only one inch sling swivels, I modified a USGI sling clip to attach to the swivel and used a USGI web sling to sling up.

I have toyed with the idea of shooting an M39 just for fun in XTC High Power, but I keep on grabbing my match LRB M14 for that! I believe if you practice enough, you could do pretty good with one, but I would steer more to shooting one in a Mid Range Prone match, 600 yards, with match ammo, you'll hit the black every time!

Oh yeah, I won that Milsurp match in Mississippi, using that M39 against all of those Mosin Nagants, Mausers, K31's, etc, the M39 completely outclassed them all. The M39 is one heck of a rifle!

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Old May 7th, 2017, 01:11 PM   #4
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I have used Mosins in 200 yard matches, where the 300 yard and 600 yard stages use reduced size targets. Look for some ammo that will shoot well. My experience with my M39 that came to me freshly rebuilt is that it does not shoot well with most surplus. Mine does like some handloads. My M39 has a sticky bolt lift with some steel case ammo, but never with brass cased ammo.

Practice reloads with chargers ("stripper clips"). The recently made Chinese chargers are bad, but get less bad after being jammed into the receiver several times, and the cartridges shoved down into the action. Much better are old Finnish chargers. Old brass Chinese are very good, but very fragile. Old Russian, Czech & Bulgarian are good. I have found it useful to put very small amounts of a wax lubricant on the case rims, a lube that will not kill primers.

If you're older than about 40, seeing the front sight will be a problem. An Optometrist can help, as can little apertures that you can stick on your glasses from Lyman and other vendors.

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Most M39 bores are going to slug out to 309.5, one thing to remember is that in that part of the world "308" != .308.
Mine shot best with handloads with .311 bullets...the 7.7 Jap and .303 British variety. It's been awhile and I don't remember the bullet weight or the load.
One other thing...on gunboards there's a guy that makes and sells a rear aperture sight and a thinner front sight blade. Both make a world of difference.

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I have used mine in some local 4 position slow fire matches with decent results. I've usually loaded ammo for the purpose, even using some nice quality SA 123 grain FMJ's. Everything has shot acceptably well. for me.

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I used my mosin 91/31 in a league matches and it shoots well, but I hate the trigger until I put a Timnley trigger on it and for the money it's a shooter!!

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