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Old March 10, 2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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Finn Mosin or Soviet one?

I've got both, one 1934 Tula all-matching parts, and a 1942 VKT one, no-matching parts. Which one has more value? Which should I keep? Thanks, THUD.-
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Old March 10, 2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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I'd keep the one that shoots better.
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Old March 10, 2009, 02:30 PM   #3
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That's a hard question.

I think those who know the story behind the Moisin-Nagant would gravitate towards the Finnish gun, and would be willing to pay more money for it.

As a general rule the Finnish guns I've worked with have been a lot more refined and a lot more accurate because of the work that the Finns put into them.

For a straight collector, it would probably be the matching Soviet gun simply because the numbers match.

I personally would pick the Finn gun.
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Old March 10, 2009, 02:33 PM   #4
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Keep the Finn.
I have the same rifle, a 1942 VKT. Beautiful gun.
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Old March 10, 2009, 02:35 PM   #5
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I'd keep the Finn, too.
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Old March 10, 2009, 04:37 PM   #6
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For sure the Finn, unless that Tula is an original matching
gun and not a refurb....

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Old March 10, 2009, 05:29 PM   #7
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I would keep the one that shoots better, and that may be the Finn, if the bore is real good. I assume the Russian is a hex receiver from the date, and those are climbing in demand and value over the round wartime receivers. So actually you ought to set on both of them for awhile. The Russian ones will have to dry up sooner or later. And when they dry up as imports, and disappear from the shelves, wait a year and then check what it is worth.
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Old March 10, 2009, 05:39 PM   #8
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The Finn is worth more right now, but like Tom said, the matching Tula will definitely increase in value.
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Old March 10, 2009, 06:12 PM   #9
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What!

What!

Which one should you keep? I don't understand the question.

Keep them BOTH!!

Seriously, the Finn is usually much smoother and generally more accurate.

A TULA with matching numbers though...

Tough decision.
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Old March 11, 2009, 10:13 AM   #10
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First of all thanks to everyone. Yes, tough decision. I'd like to keep them both, but I must empty a little the gun safe to buy a K31.... THUD.-
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Old March 11, 2009, 10:50 AM   #11
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In my opinion, a K31 will out-shoot the Russian and the Finn, so there's no real compelling reason to keep the Finn.
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Old March 11, 2009, 06:41 PM   #12
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I agree with Jsmaye. If you're buying a K31, drop the Finn and keep the matching Tula.
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Old March 12, 2009, 03:30 PM   #13
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Are you guys kidding?!?! Keep both and just store them in the safe alternating muzzle up and muzzle down! You'd be AMAZED at how many rifles will fit in a 10 rifle safe (hint ... the answer 20 is wrong, but its a good start )

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Old March 12, 2009, 08:05 PM   #14
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Keep the M39 if you MUST sell one of the Mosins. Only accurate rifles are interesting.
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Old March 12, 2009, 10:36 PM   #15
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In my opinion, a K31 will out-shoot the Russian and the Finn...
Depends on the particular K31 and the particular Finn.
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Old March 13, 2009, 07:17 AM   #16
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Depends on the particular K31 and the particular Finn.
Yes.

In general, a K31 will out-shoot the Russian and the Finn.

There.
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Old March 13, 2009, 07:53 AM   #17
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Just sayin', because some Finns are as accurate as anything out there. They took their marksmanship pretty seriously. There's no reason a SIG-barreled M28, for example, shouldn't shoot as well as any other milsurp on the planet.
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Old March 13, 2009, 09:21 AM   #18
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Keep the Finn. The M39 is possibly the best of the breed.
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Old March 13, 2009, 08:17 PM   #19
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Which one has more value? Which should I keep? Thanks, THUD.-
Finnish Mosins are generally more valuable than the Russian ones. Generally speaking of course. The Finns were also pretty anal about accuracy and again "in general" the rifles they built using Mosin Nagant recievers will usually outshoot their russian cousins. Of course the individual condition of a particular rifle trumps any general truths I can tell you. I have a M-28 Finn and a "B" Barrel M-39 Finn that are both impressively accurate. If the riflings in the 1942 VKT are in good shape I'd lose money betting that it would easily outshoot the Russian Mosin. And a lot of other WWII milsurp rifle variations as well.

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Old March 21, 2009, 01:53 AM   #20
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Like jhenry and Townsend Whelan said
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Only accurate rifles are interesting.
I have a Finn M28/30 dated 1938,way more accurate than my Russian 91/30.
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Old March 22, 2009, 11:51 AM   #21
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Actually, a Finnish VKT whether it is a M39 or a M91, will shoot on average just as good as a K31. I have multiple copies of all the above.
A good condition Finn VKT M39 or M91 should easily be worth over $200 where as the described M91/30 should be at most worth $125.
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Old April 10, 2009, 08:48 PM   #22
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I Got a Tula 91/30 at the gun show 2 weeks ago, got ammo pouch and the double necked oiler, and rubber butt for stock with all the tools. gonna shoot it at the range tomorrow.
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Old April 11, 2009, 01:43 AM   #23
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The Finn is the better rifle and worth more but I'm not a fan of mismatched guns and would likely keep the Tula and hold out for a matching Finn. By the way, with some work and TLC a Russian Mosin can be accurized to Finn quality.

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Old April 11, 2009, 11:49 AM   #24
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You should keep both, and get a Chinese version as well
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