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Old 02-10-2014, 11:01 PM
mar53 mar53 is offline
 
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Howard has got it right on. Ammo is difficult. Good Remington for $550 is a good buy- will only go up in value
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:06 PM
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Me neither, I prefer brunettes, Mary Ann.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:13 PM
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Unless you are trying to accumulate an example of Axis and Allies rifles that were used in WWII go with the 03A3 for all the reasons above.
Also, if you are trying to accumulate examples my personal preference would be to find one without a ground mum.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:05 PM
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Thank you for the collective wisdom.

Too much $ for a modest condition 7.7mm.

Not really a quality 03A3.

Good advice avoided a broken piggy bank.

Some day i need to find a good 7.7mm. Almost every one I have seen looks rough.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:55 PM
Blood_of_Tyrants Blood_of_Tyrants is offline
 
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Looks like you are buying for collecting purposes. Buy the one that will make you happiest with your collection.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:20 PM
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Always bring a cleaning rod with you when you are at a gunshow. I bought a bad-bore M1917 (cheap!) at a gunshow and got home to discover a mint bore. Many (most) Type 99's have chrome bores, might only have an uncleaned bore. You never know.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:51 AM
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-I'll shoot anything I bother buying. They are guns after all. But why spend money on an ugly gun?

--Noted about cleaning rods and bore lights.

---If I cannot ID a black looking bore filled with brown flake rust closing down the hole 10-15% diameter, I quit.

----This 7.7mm was just one of a few I ever noticed that actually matched the bolt to the receiver. That was the real hook to start with.
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:23 PM
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Commercial 7.7 is expensive, but making it is not, especially if the seller has brass.

Standard LR primer, Varget, and a 174gr Brit .303 bullet ... works great, mild recoil. Can be reasonably accurate once you figure out the sights.
b/c of the front sling mount, PITA if you shoot LH.

IMHO, 03A3 is more accurate...probably b/c of sight type/placement, contact prescription, and lack of (lots of) trigger time with the 99.

That said, I would hold out for either lightly struck mum (some are just lines out...similar to US sight staking) or an intact mum.
Aircraft wings and rod are a plus. make sure the firing pin is undamaged.
I recall reading somewhere soldiers 'declaring' a bringback were required to snap off the tip of the fpin.
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