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    Hunting with a Mosin Nagant

    I've been reading various opinions about hunting with a Mosin Nagant. I like my Mosi. It's powerful reasonably accurate and was cheap. I don't see a need to turn a $100. ( now $250+) rifle into an 500 dollar rifle with stock and scope etc. You can spend less and buy a good hunting rifle designed to be a hunting rifle. The qualities that Make the M44 appealing will be gone if you rebuild it. My two cents. You can hunt with it as it is.
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    Don't know why you wouldn't is you shoot it accurate and don't mind toting it around.

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    There's nothing wrong at all with shooting and hunting with an as-issued surplus military rifle whether it be an Enfield, Mauser, Mannlicher, Springfield, or Mosin Nagant. But there is nothing wrong with adjusting, altering or converting those rifles either. Whatever floats your boat.

    FWIW, I couldn't have purchased a big bore bolt rifle like my .405 Grenadier Mosin Nagant for anything close to what it ended up costing me.
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    If that's what floats your boat then go for it. As long as you are using suitable bullets it will do the trick.

    Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.

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    Those Ruskies hunted the most dangerous game (humans) with it - with success!

    AC
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    It's still a 7.62x54(R) no matter the delivery system. Just happens to be a rimmed cartridge. I cut and crowned 6" off one of mine. Still iron sights. Shoots well enough to bring home meat.

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    Well I did stir things up abit. I thank all for comment. Sure you can do what ever you want to your rifle. I do like my M44 as is. It's Hungarian made in 1953. I always imagine that it was used in the 1956 uprising against the Russians. I think that's swayed my view more than anything else.

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    Fugly as they are, they are an effective, formidable tool that is an important part of history - good and bad.

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    I like mine. Fun to shoot, cheap, accurate. In fact, I was surprised at the accuracy of that round, makes me wish I'd bought some Dragunovs when they were $299. As it is, I got out with a nice as-issued M44 w/the usual accessories, and a 880 round case (two 440 round spam cans) of ammo for under a hundred bucks. I'll take that any time. In fact, bought several and made sure my sons each had one. That's how it started, actually. My youngest was going after elk horseback and I didn't want him to maybe wreck his deceased uncle's legacy Model 700, so picked him up a $59 M44, put a muzzle brake on it, and starting picking apples off the top of fence posts at three hundred yards with iron sights. Blew me away. Went right back and got some more. I don't hunt big game much anymore, and have many guns to choose from if I did, but I'd never feel under gunned with a Mosin and a pocketful of ammo. I have some cast bullet molds I want to try out on mine one a these days.
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    I read someplace a guy got a deer at 400 yards with his MN and iron sights.
    I like my iron sights, but hated the straight bolt.
    Paid too much for an original sniper's handle, but I still have it. Over time the sting of paying too much goes away. Knowing I have an original does make a difference.
    I paid $130 for it.
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