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Old November 14, 2011, 12:00 PM   #15
32 Magnum
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Look down the barrel from the muzzle, with a light. Many of the reconditioned MN 91/30s have the last 1 to 2" of the rifling counter bored - that is smoothed by over bore drilling - because of damage to that area caused by using the Soviet steel cleaning rod. Also look at the crown to make sure it is symetrical and not chipped or oval shaped - that is another common ailment with the 91/30. When I worked in a gun shop a couple years ago, I had the opportunity to handle HUNDREDS of these guns - as the shop sold close to 7,000 pieces over a 7 year period. The vast majority came out of long term storage in the Ukraine and Beylorus - put there by the Soviets in 1946 or so after arsenal check-up and refurbishment.
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