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Posted: 7/22/2003 4:56:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/23/2003 6:18:15 PM EDT by Bradd_D]
I'm in the market for a Finn M39. Got any advice?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 7/22/2003 5:26:24 PM EDT
No suggestions here, but I have to applaud the choice. They're the best of the M-N's in my opinion. Triggers and sights are great on most I've seen. The stock redesign is cool... and it's the only rifle I know of with a dual sling swivel setup- one for walking, and one for skiing.
If you're looking for a good source of info, Parallax's C+R forums is a wealth of knowledge. Very nice folks there.
-Hobbit
Link Posted: 7/23/2003 3:33:48 AM EDT
Finn Mosins are considered some of the best out there. I would think that the price point for one in decent shape would start at about $150-$200 depending on condition - but that's just a guess on my part since I haven't priced Finn M39s. It is my understanding that they tend to tack a small premium on the Finn rifles versus the Russian made rifle, so that price range sounds right to me.

As far as things to look for, it's pretty much the same as for any old battle rifle - matching serial numbers, good wood, bore that doesn't look shitty.

When ARH is done with my headspace gauges, you can borrow 'em.
Link Posted: 7/23/2003 8:12:19 AM EDT
Hobbit...thanks for the info.

Is it normal to see a gun with a course bead blast under the bluing on the receiver?
Link Posted: 7/23/2003 6:20:35 PM EDT


This is the one I'm going to take a look at this weekend. It's a 1944 VKT...100% blue, perfect bore, and square mortise post-war stock.
Link Posted: 7/23/2003 6:36:30 PM EDT
How much are they asking for it? Looks very very nice...
Link Posted: 7/23/2003 6:52:06 PM EDT
The guy's asking $250. Wholesale Guns & Ammo is getting $229 for a comparable rifle and by the time you add shipping and transfer...
Link Posted: 7/24/2003 3:35:07 AM EDT
Yeah, WGA is who I got my M91/30 from.

$250 for an unissued VKT is a great price. The VKTs are actually lower production than the SAKO that everyone seems to want to pay a premium for.
Link Posted: 7/24/2003 3:54:14 AM EDT
Damn it! Now you guys have me interested. How would you mount a scope on that and what type would you use?

I read an article in Field & Stream that said these rifles are excellent for hunting.
Link Posted: 7/24/2003 5:02:30 AM EDT
It'll make one'a them thar shniper rifles real good!
Hell yeah! Good deer gun. Haw.

Link Posted: 7/24/2003 5:19:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/24/2003 5:19:32 AM EDT by the_reject]

Originally Posted By chainshaw:
Damn it! Now you guys have me interested. How would you mount a scope on that and what type would you use?

I read an article in Field & Stream that said these rifles are excellent for hunting.



You've got three choices. Number one, buy a sniper rifle. They are pricey (because they are rare), and good ones easily hit $500, though some are cheaper. Number two, bastardize a current rifle. Tap and drill the receiver, I believe (just checked, tap and drill, as well as hacksaw the bolt). Choice C, replace the rear sight with a custom scope mount. I believe you remove the leaf sight, pin in the mount and secure it with brass screws. You can then utilize LER scopes.

Choice C seems to be the cheapest way to go - ~$73.
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