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Discussion in 'Texas Hunting & Fishing' started by glick88, Apr 16, 2013.
Has anyone ever actually used a mosin nagant for hunting? If so, what where and how?
I did, it was a m39, wasn't a great idea, to damn heavy and the sites are for longer shots than most hunting ranges.
Ammo selection is very poor and most is inaccurate and unreliable.
You should use a marlin 3030 with iron sites, most shots are under 200 yards and fast.
I won't question your opinion of using the mosin, but I'm not sure why you say he should use a 30-30.
While most 30-30s are descent rifles for hunting, for many there are others ranked much higher on the list.
Not trying to be argumentative, just curious.
I'm a target shooter and haven't hunted in years. The MN 7.62x54R is an extremely powerful cartridge and fairly accurate out of the box. With tweaking, it can do well in 200 yard competition. As someone told me long ago..."You can only kill the deer dead." The 54R is plenty powerful to do that. Soft point hunting ammo is available and you can also load that yourself.
If you practice with the rifle and become proficient with it, I see no reason why you can't hunt with it.
Pretty much this.
And in regards to ammo - that varies widely one rifle to another. What works great in my rifle may be the most inaccurate crap possible in yours.
I know of one brand of 762x54r soft point ammo that is worth a crap, it's privi partisan 150 grain soft point.
The wolf brand ammo is very suspect in reliability and loadings. I have personally bad two locked up bolts on 2 different mosins using wolf ammo.
and brown bear ammo have me 3-4 inch groups at 100 yards and not point of aim.
With my marlin 3030 I can get 1 inch groups with Remington core lokt. With the hornady leverolution ammo, it's sub MOA and flys flat to 200 yards.
If you are in a brush why would you use something that is much heavier, has a 24 inch barrel and suspect ammo and accuracy? Now if you are hunting from a stand, and have hand loads and good scope that's a different story. I have done both and can personally witness that brush hunting/ stalking needs a lighter more maneuverable weapon.