The Mosin-Nagant 91/30 rifle has been around for well over 100 years. Used by many armies around the world and very popular within the surplus rifle market this rifle has millions of fans, but has it’s time come and gone? I own several and still enjoy taking them to the range for some fun shooting holes in paper targets. If you don’t already have a Mosin-Nagant 91/30 you need to ask yourself if you really need one.
The days of the $49.00 rifles are gone and are not coming back! Even with millions of Mosins produced they are getting harder and harder to find a decent one at a decent price. I haven’t seen one in a local gun shop for several years and the gun show rifles are priced around $250-$300 for an average rifle. The importation of the ones that are in the Ukraine will be many years in the future if at all. Supply and demand for these rifles will force the price to continue to raise.
The same issue the rifle has goes for the 7.62x54R ammunition the 91/30 shoots. The famous tin can of 440 rounds are tough to find at a decent price. Gun show prices hover around $150 for one tin can. New manufactured Wolf, which is noncorrosive, can be had for under $15 a box on sale and seems to be more accurate than the surplus ammunition. The days of cheap ammunition for the 91/30 are over also.
The Mosin is known for its simple hard to see iron sights. Every rifle I have shot shot about 12″ high at 100 hards. Trying out to 250 or 300 yards the 91/30 usually holds 5 shots in a 6″ circle. Better ammunition usually tightens up these results by an inch or so. The 5 round magazine isn’t too bad to use, just remember it is a rimmed cartridge and you must be careful loading the rounds into the magazine for proper feeding! There is a reason the rimmed cartridges are not coming back!
I really enjoy shooting the Mosin-Nagant 91/30 for a fun time at the range. As much as like the rifle, if I didn’t already own one I probably wouldn’t go out looking to get one. The prices are increasing, the ammunition is getting tougher to find at a reasonable price and with all the entry level rifles in the market you can get a much better rifle for around the same price.