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Re: What would you do?

Postby Even11 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:34 pm

A sniper bolt would definitely make it easier to shoot. You could add one of those safeties with a ring on it to make it functional as well.

I know Josh @ smith sights has the finn mags in inventory and his sights are on sale for the holiday weekend too.

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Re: What would you do?

Postby Shepard » Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:24 pm

After re-reading all this and thinking it over -- it's going to be a parts gun. A part bought here -- a part bought there, There's nothing wrong with that, but the numbers are what make it of value. No mag well -- no bolt -- no stock. Would rebuilding it make it have any value.
One thing to consider -- slug the bore to see where its at. If it slugs small -- build a custom target rifle with a stock barrel. Isn't the M38 the one with a heavier barrel from the factory?
If it slugs large in the bore put it in a M38 stock when you find one that is reasonably priced.
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Re: What would you do?

Postby Even11 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:10 pm

With all due respect, aren't most mosins parts guns? A russian part here, a us one there, a chinese one there, bulgarian, polish, romanian, hungarian, finn..... I think a good portion of these guns have a part or 19 that is mismatched. I have probably 12 mosins and I think less than 50% of them are all matching.

The reason that I think he should restore it is that it is a neat oddity. The M38 was essentially a shortened 91/30, with the same pencil barrel, with no provisions for a bayonet, built from new in all but a few examples. Of the ones that were built from recycled parts 99% of them were built on a round receiver. His is uncommon to be built on a recycled receiver, down right rare to be a hex.

Does this make his more valuable? Maybe to the right collector. Will it take a year or ten to put together the right parts? Yes it will! Will it cost more than this rifle is worth to
rebuild it? Probably. Can he modify it as he likes? Absolutey, its his rifle and he has shown us he can modify with the best of them.

Another option I thought of is that he could buy a T53 while they are still common, or another m38, rob all the parts off of the more common rifle to rebuild the hex and then start modifying a new Moszilla.
That's my 2 pennies on the subject anyway.
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Re: What would you do?

Postby Marauder 1 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:16 am

Well here is my thought so far, and you guys can see why I'm asking. As Even11 said this is a down right early example of the M38. The chances of me finding the bolt or any other part from that original rifle are some what astronomical. I was not going to put a new barrel on this one since the barrel looks like new and is not counter bored. I was thinking if building some what of a cross over. Here is what I mean, leave the barrel but mod the sites, bolt handle and stock.

However I could buy an unmarked floor plate, butt plate and bolt handle if I wanted to make it look like an original I could probably even go so far as to get the serial numbers copied and etched with a laser so that everything would match. Not to sell, but just to have. also own a beautiful 1944 M38 already, which looks like the day it came out of the arsenal.

Well keep the suggestions coming.
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Re: What would you do?

Postby mouser868 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:19 am

You could shoot this guy an email and see what he has to say

http://www.gunboards.com/sites/reichout ... index.html
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