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Old 08-08-2004, 08:48 PM   #1
 
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howdy, proud new M44 owner

Howdy folks. I just bought a Mosin M44 carbine. It is stamped as having been made in 1952, and all of the numbers that I can find on it match. The rifling seems to be good, but there also appears to be some pitting in the bore. Anyway I'm pleased with it, especially considering I only paid $60 for it. A guy on another forum told me the markings indicated it is a Polish manufacture.

I think I have started down a slippery slope as now I must have more milsurp rifles.

Any pointers as to where to find stripper clips for it would be appreciated. I also need a sling, but all that I have seen online are 1/3 the cost of the rifle.

I'm familiar with the corrosive ammo issue.
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Old 08-08-2004, 09:14 PM   #2
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Howdy folks. I just bought a Mosin M44 carbine.......I think I have started down a slippery slope as now I must have more milsurp rifles.
Some of us prefer to think of it as a water park ride, rather than a slippery slope.
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:55 AM   #3
 
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Howdy folks. I just bought a Mosin M44 carbine.......I think I have started down a slippery slope as now I must have more milsurp rifles.
Some of us prefer to think of it as a water park ride, rather than a slippery slope.
I think of it more as an abyss.
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Old 08-09-2004, 06:15 AM   #4
 
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FarmerJ ,
Is that sorts like "abandon hope all ye that enter here"?

Jack
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Old 08-09-2004, 06:24 AM   #5
 
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FarmerJ ,
Is that sorts like "abandon hope all ye that enter here"?

Jack
About the best way I have seen it described there Jack......

Once you are into C&R you are in it for good. The wife may as well be happy it isn't bars and broads you are into and as in my case, enjoy it with you.

But then again, that isn't so good either, because if I buy something she likes, now I have to buy something to replace what is now hers.
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Old 08-09-2004, 12:39 PM   #6
 
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My wife knew I was this way when she married me, and she accepts it gracefully. I married very well.

I think that a Mauser of some description would be a good next step.
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Old 08-09-2004, 05:02 PM   #7
 
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Check out http://www.aimsurplus.com they have original Polish M44 slings for $13. They also work with all M44's, but they are the Polish made.
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Old 08-09-2004, 05:07 PM   #8
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Polish Mosins are considered to be some of the better examples. bought one in the 80's that was absolutely mint. It has proven to be accurate, reliable, and fun.



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Old 08-11-2004, 06:22 AM   #9
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Congrats on the M44 acquisition! Definitely check out AIM, any of the Internet forum traders (Tuco's in particular), or look at local gun shows. Mosin slings are generally dirt cheap, so finding the appropriate one shouldn't be terribly difficult.

The Poles are indeed great Mosins. The one I have in my collection happens to be a POS -- I figure I'd be lucky to hit the broadside of a barnn at 50 ft, so that's what? 300 MOA or so? LOL -- but I can tell from the milling and other metal work that it was made by someone other than the Soviets. The unissued (or nearly unissued) Polish M44s are some of the nicest rifles out there. I keep meaning to pick one up, but Finns are where my heart's at.

And welcome to the club. I swear, milsurps are like crack. You buy all the cheap ones first (refurbed 91/30s, M44s, etc.), then you move on to the slightly more expensive versions (R/C K98s, Finns, etc), and then the next thing you know you're selling off body parts in order to get the super-fancy rifles (Garands, German Mausers, super-rare Finn Mosins, etc.) Just pray to the Good Lord that you don't develop a penchant for sniper rifles. That's where the whole "Hmm-should-I-sell-another-one-of-my-kids?" line of reasoning starts. LOL

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Old 08-20-2004, 10:37 AM   #10
 
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A local shop that I do a lot of business with scored me some ammo. It is Albanian surplus, which I assume is corrosive. They have it priced at $3.95/20 rounds or $62 for a can of 200 rounds. I bought three packs of it to see how it shoots. If I like it I'll get at least a can of it to lay up for a rainy day. The shop told me that they just bought 400 new firearms at a dealer show including a bunch of surplus stuff. They plan to have them on display when their shop addition opens on September 14 of all days.

I'll be sure to check out the aimsurplus link.
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Old 08-20-2004, 10:52 AM   #11
 
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AIM had a sling/tool/oiler kit for $9.95; so, I ordered it.

Unfortunately they didn't have stripper clips.
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Old 08-21-2004, 06:18 PM   #12
 
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The surplus ammo worked very well. I'm going to go get a whole can of it to store for a "rainy day".
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Old 08-23-2004, 01:46 PM   #13
 
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I recommend buying the Albanian stuff from a dealer I work with. They are L.C. Enterprises at http://www.militaryshooters.com. They have the Albanian in 340 round cans for $33. I have already bought some and it is good milsurp ammo, but your dealer is charging a ridiculous cost. Definitely check out that website, you'll be glad you did.
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Old 08-24-2004, 06:46 PM   #14
 
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Thanks for the link. I may be wrong about the number of rounds in the can. This dealer has taken good care of me in the past.
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Old 09-04-2004, 02:51 AM   #15
 
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M44

Bought my M44 from Aztec - very nice and good shooter for $49.00 with new sling and oiler. Bought case of Czech silvertip 7.62 X 54R from J & B for $69.00. Kicks like a mule/3 foot flame out of barrel---I LOVE IT
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Old 09-05-2004, 08:37 PM   #16
 
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I just picked up another M44 last week. I had a Polish built, but the muzzle had been counterbored and it is in pretty poor condition. My new one is a Russan built with all serialized parts matching. A few picks, hopefully they are viewable.





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Old 09-06-2004, 01:48 PM   #17
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For Mosin carbines , a $10 slip on rubber butpad works well. It reduces recoil to 30/30 level and makes sighting easier. Find in wally world.
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Old 09-12-2004, 05:28 PM   #18
 
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I took a few pics of mine today. Here they are:





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