these rifles were known for long range shooting,just wondering if anyone has ever tricked one out.ive herd them called tomato stakes and junk,truth is i have one that shoots great and is reasonable to reload for.just curious
I have seen some that people have really tricked out and they do shoot very well.
I have done a lot of work with them in the military configuration and have made them really shoot well. Accuracy really depends on what size the bore actually is. Most of them need .311 diameter bullets and if you get one of those you have a great selection of good bullets. Some need .312 diameter bullets and Hornady is the only one that makes that size bullet that I have found. My rifles like the 174 to 180 gr bullets best. The most accurate load that I have ever found for these rifles consist of this.
50 grs Accurate 4350, Prvi/Graf's case or a Laupua case, CCI 200 primer, For .311 bullets the 174 Sierra match king or the 180 Sp OAL 3.000 and for .312 bullets the Hornady 174 RNSP OAL 2.790 and this is important to accuracy. Use a Lee Factory Crimp Die on all loads.
I have blown people's minds at some of the military rifle shoots when I shoot the X ring out with one of my M/N 91/30s and it is not accurate compared to my Finnish Mod 39 M/N.
There are some people that have made some pretty good scope bases for them now and Timney makes an adjustable trigger with a slide safety. One of these days I may build up a real sporter out of one of my 91/30s.
I ended up using one back a long time ago, we called it a 762 RUSSIAN. I was at a friends farm and I had no plans on hunting but I went out and got me a deer tag for land owner permit.
when I shot the rifle to see if it was on the bullets would tumble...it key holed through the target but it was dead on at 100 yards..I shot a doe and it just destroid the chest area and every organ..it just exploded the guts..but it did work.
mine is .311 and has an excellent bore.im ordering a stock from richards,ive got an ati stock but its warped.checkout www.rocksolidind.com they have an excellent scope mount and bolt bodies with turned down handles.heck it shoots good and figured i might as well do it.
I shoot long range as part of my profession, and am used to the top of the line stuff. For a fun project I decided to do some simple accurizng to a Mosin Nagant. The end result was awesome!! . I glass bedded the stock polished the trigger, added a rock solid mount with a bent bolt, put a good piece of glass on it and away I went. The gun consistently shoots ½ MOA or less. I have taken it out to 600 yards. No problem. My favorite load is 43.9gr H4895 pushing a .311 180gr sierra game king at 2519 FPS Consistently a little on the slow side but stupid accurate. So far total I think I have under $400 invested in the rifle. The only down side with mine is after about 5 rounds I need to let it cool off for about a minutes or two or the groups open up to 1 to 1.5 MOA
I also buy mill surplus ball pull the bullet remeasure the powder to 43.9gr throw a 180gr Game king on it and get 1 to ½ MOA consistently and save a lot of money in the mean time. for my Mosins all my OAL is just shy of 2.8 but Mosins are sloppy on the machining so you have to play with it.
It is a fun gun for me because if I screw it up I’m not out a lot.
As far as a long range gun. With some practice I would have no issue going out to 800 on steel and 600 on big game with mine.
AS WITH ALL RELOADING WORK FROM THE LOWEST RECOMMENDED LOAD. LOAD AT YOUR OWN RISK.
I have not shot it in this stock yet, but looks good feels solid. this is a bluegrass rifle stock form Bluegrass Stock Company took a while to get and it needed a little fitting work, not much about 5 Min worth once I got it. Group is out of original stock glass bedded at 100m. the rifle shoots .5 MOA or less consistently.