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WARNING-New Red Army ammo is CORROSIVE

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Old 08-01-2013, 11:55 PM
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Re: WARNING-New Red Army ammo is CORROSIVE

Sounds like you got a fine stable. My shooting buddy has a 6.5 and 7.5 Swede and he's a Military gun nut that got me started with "Mosinitus" He qualified to shot long range at BOTW with his 6.5 Swede and open sights. He bought all of his stuff years ago before they were popular and bought them cheap, he was ahead of the curve. I've built a bunch of prototype peep sights and stuff for mine to shoot long, even but a Bob Jones optic in a Tech Sight rear peep on a Unissued Yugo SKS and won a Top Gun 3-gun match with it. For your 91/30 Mosins not the Finns have you seen the Smith Sights adjustable front sight? Best purchase you'll ever make. I had Josh build me some with .035" adjustable posts and they are awesome. Just got through building a peep sight on the elevator factory 91/30 sight that exactly matches the front hood so you see a peep in a peep if that makes sense, then top of post is POI. With the graduated elevator factory ramp you can shoot long. That rifle was set up for wives and kids to shoot and we put a Timney trigger, extremely lightened cocking piece, and threaded the barrel and put on a Miculek muzzle brake. It's hard to get my turn at that rifle at the range. We use the 1/2 x 28 .22 caliber AR-15 brake and after he screws it on while it's still in the lathe he takes it out to the proper diameter for the .30 caliber so it is perfectly centered. Every rifle that he has done that on from AK's to 300 Win Mag BAR's etc... have all shot incredibly well, all were way under MOA. He has built me some unbelievable stuff, have to have pictures and videos or people don't believe it. I came up with a Long Range peep sight he's doing tomorrow for a new AK and a .047" Tech Sight front sight he's going to turn down to .035". Some of the best off the shelf stuff you can find is at Tech Sights.com and Smith Sights .com we just took it up a few notches with some ultra custom stuff. At our next Service Rifle Match I'm going to shoot my Custom M1A in the Semi Class and one of the Sneaks in the Bolt Gun Class. We shoot 100, 250 and 500 yards Iron Sights Only. Did you know for your 91/30's there is a guy I just bought some Finn M39 two stage trigger kits on GunBroker for $30 from Finland? Gives you a two stage M39 sweet trigger on your standard 91/30 Mosin for $30. Sorry I got carried away, I have not typed this much with two fingers in years. Guess you can see I'm ate up with it, but it sure is fun. Good Shootin, Ken
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:06 AM
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Re: WARNING-New Red Army ammo is CORROSIVE

Originally Posted by RT2506 View Post
Thanks for the information on the ammo. I did not realize that it was supposed to be NEW PRODUCTION.

I shoot a bunch of the old military rifles also. My M-39 (unissued) B barrel Finn is a tack driver with my handloads. I have never really found any of the military ammo that is really accurate in this rifle. I went with some friends to an old strip mine to shoot once and we were shooting at a 36" red painted circle on a big rock at just a few yards over 1000 from our shooting position. There was very little wind that day if any. Once I got the proper notch on the iron sights figured out I could hit inside that circle every time from prone with a tight sling. I was shooting the most accurate load I have ever found for all the MANY 7.62X54R caliber rifles I have. 50 grs AA 4350, Prvi case, CCI 200, .311 diameter 174 gr Sierra Match King, OAL 3.000 and I use a Lee Factory Crimp because it makes it more accurate than without. Some rifles of this caliber need a .312 diameter bullet. I use the same load as above but use a Hornady .312 174 gr RNSP, OAL 2.790 .
I won't even get into the outstanding accuracy that can be gotten out of a M-96 Swede Mauser in 6.5X55 or the K-31 7.5X55.

OK, I will relate just one 96 Swede story. A friend and I were shooting pop cans off a rail set up at 200 meters at a local range with these stock open sighted rifles OFF HAND. A couple people came over to watch us. They said that they would not have believed it if they had not seen it with their own eyes. Those were relatively easy targets with these outstanding accurate rifles.
Is your "B" barreled Finn a 1942 VKT/Valmet? Those high nickel, plum colored barrels were very rare less than 5,000 Belgian barrels were contracted and I've never heard of one till now that made 3- years of the war and never got issued, man I'd give that one a special hug and hang on to it. Ken
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:49 PM
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Re: WARNING-New Red Army ammo is CORROSIVE

Mine is a SA 1942 "B" D 39 Finn. Yes it is the Plum color barrel. All my rifles are cared for with tinder loving care.
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