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Old 06-19-2012, 11:53 AM
.22shooter .22shooter is offline
 
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Default New/Old Rifle: M39 (pics)

I guess this short story starts with me purchasing a Mosin Nagant 91/30 in 2010.
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...ant%2091%2030/
I quickly sold that rifle because the straight stock was awkward and ugly and inaccurate. At some point I discovered that there is a Mosin Nagant out there that is everything a Mosin should be/should have. Look no further than a Finn M39.

Well for the last two years I have been pestering various forums with WTB adds for Finnish M39s. I like the M39 for the same reason I love my Garand: 1. Historic 2. Accurate 3. Unique

It was tough to find a rifle that was in the right condition for the right price but the wait most definitely paid off!
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...36/Finn%20M39/

I didn't take pictures of the target but my brass donor ammo shoots 10 shots in a 2.5" groups. Hand loads should bring that down hopefully. I've been experimenting with the front band screw and how it affects group size...any suggestions?

Bill
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:17 PM
Rick the Librarian Rick the Librarian is offline
 
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I've heard a lot about the accuracy of the M39. I couldn't stand it any longer and bought one about a year ago. Still haven't fired it yet, but mean to do so in the near future. Have to scout up some ammo, first.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:47 PM
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I heard a lot about the M39s potential accuracy. I don't know much but it seems that it's just that...potential.

Plenty of people seem to have 39s that don't shoot that great.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:47 PM
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They are great rifles.... I have shot close to a dozen different ones over the last decade and all were nice shooters... If you need a line on same ammo Rick drop me a PM...
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:49 PM
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I love my M39's. Got a 1944 and a 1941. Never shot for accuracy but they do have a nicer, more robust, battle rifle feel than the 91/30s. They potentially have a lot more history as well. I did some research on http://7.62x54r.net/ and discovered by 1941's receiver was actually made in 1898. There's a ton of clues and markings to potentially look for. These Finn rifles really would have a story to tell since all the receivers were either sold to the Finns or captured and built into what they are.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:00 PM
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OP, your rifle is almost exactly 10,000 higher than my M39 serial number. Mine is a '42 VKT also...great rifles with lots of history. What is the tang date on yours? Mine is 1895...thats cool enough to justify buying the rifle right there.

Mine shoots under 2" with russian surplus. Never handloaded for it, but I have no doubt it can shoot very, very well given good ammo.

Considering there were less than 100,000 of these rifles made, they are a good collectable that shoots better than most anything out there as well.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:28 PM
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Not all of them have tang dates.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:40 PM
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If its a HEX receiver which I think 99% of Finns are they were made before 1936 for sure?
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:31 PM
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OP, your rifle is almost exactly 10,000 higher than my M39 serial number. Mine is a '42 VKT also...great rifles with lots of history. What is the tang date on yours? Mine is 1895...thats cool enough to justify buying the rifle right there.
IIRC, I have an Izhevsk receiver made in 1907. My bolt appears to be all Tula.

The roughest part on the rifle, ironically, is the receiver, mag, and bolt. Finnish wood working skills are unbelievable.

Sub 2MOA with russian ammo? I don't doubt you however I'd love to see pics

Bill
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:53 PM
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careful, finn rifles are addictive. There are lots of sub-groups available.

I used to have an M28 Tikka but traded it for a Swiss G-11 looking for a better shooter (m28 had a bad bore from previous owner).

I've got a '41 VKT that looks like it's been through a war and shoots like it could still win one. I believe 2MOA because mine will do it with Czech surplus. Loaned it to a relatively new shooter at one of our matches this summer and he was plunking 9s and 10s once he got used to it. Shot it in one vintage match when I ran out of time to keep my K-31 fed as it's the best shooter I have with military ball. Took second shooting Czech ammo from the early 60's with steel cases and stinky powder. One shooter on the line was afraid I might corrode his springfield by shooting nearby.

I think I'll shoot it again at a match this summer.
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