TFBTV: 5 Best Surplus Rifles Under $500

Today we discuss 5 (or 6) great military surplus rifles that can be had for under $500. Sometimes you need to take a break from modernity to get a whole new great shooting experience!

French subtitles thanks to Tempest, Russian subtitles thanks to Val.

The full english transcript is below …

– Hey guys, I’m Alex C.

– And I’m Patrick R.

– We’re back at ya with another five guns video for thefirearmblog.com.

– Well, kind of a six guns video – Unfortunately yes, there is a little bit of disagreement but we’ll get to that at the very end.

– Anyways the category today is five great C&R rifles you can get for under 500 dollars.

We really like C&R rifles because oftentimes they are inexpensive, there’s military surplus available, or ammunition available and they’re just a lot of fun to shoot.

– Yeah, and I mean a lot of new shooters kind of forget about ’em I know I did when I started shooting.

– Absolutely you’ll write ’em off maybe as a, you know you see a guy with an AR-15 and you think it’s a much cooler much more fun gun but sometimes you got to look to the past to, you know, bring out a little bit more.

– Yeah.

– So anyways, let’s start from our left and go to the right, first up is a Lee-Enfield rifle.

At one time in the 60s and 70s and up into the 80s you would get these for ten and twenty dollars from a gun store.

This is a Enfield made in 1917 in England so if it could tell some stories that’d be cool.

It’s almost a hundred years old.

It works. The rifling’s strong and I paid I think 280 dollars for this gun which for an Enfield these days is a good deal.

I actually got an almost unissued one recently for 500 dollars which is probably a little high but even though I paid a little bit too much this year it’s probably not going to be too much in a couple of years.

– Well, I will say this about that gun I’ve never seen an Enfield that looked nice for some reason they don’t weather real well.

You know this is a pretty decent example but the unissued one is just staggeringly beautiful.

– And I didn’t choose that one to include because of the price, It’s just kind of floating towards the 500 dollars and this one realistically shoots just as well.

But, I mean it’s in great shape for the amount I paid for it.

They handle, well, they have an interesting cock on close action which is interesting you can fire them real quick, there’s a legendary thing called a mad minute where soldier’s would get off you know X amount of aimed shots in under a minute which some people have disproved some people have proved.

It’s a big old…

– Yeah, It’s kind of one of those topics that nobody can agree on kind of like our fifth gun.

– I’m skeptical myself but anyways…

– I want to try it.

– I’ll try it. I’ll fail at it but.– – So will I but I’d still want to try.

– Yeah – Shooting stuff is fun.

– But, these are cool, they have history, the service length on them is incredible.

Soldiers of empire carried them on every continent so, great rifle.

under 500 dollars. – Yeah, it’s an awesome gun.

– Next up we’ve got what in my opinion is the greatest rifle ever made.

That’s going to be the Mauser 98 now this is a Yugoslavian Mauser 98 so not necessarily what would be regarded as a collector Mauser.

There are Mausers out there that you can drop thousands and thousands of dollars on.

Of course, a lot of people hear Mauser and associate it with the Third Reich when in reality they were made and introduced in the days of the German empire and Prussia of course but it’s admittedly the best bolt action system that’s ever been devised and is still copied today in every bolt, I mean elements in every single bolt action.

– Yeah, just about.

– I mean, they’re staggeringly accurate the action’s always smooth, slick.

There’s just not much more positive I can say about it, they’re flawtless.

– No, I mean it’s a great gun unfortunately I don’t really love them they’re great guns but its not something that’s for me.

This particular example I purchased you know and it sat in my safe for about a year and Alex said that he had to have it because he wanted all the Mausers in the world.

– I want all the Mausers in the world but they made a hundred million of them so still working on that.

– It’s a goal – Yeah, but this is a Yugo Mauser like I said and I think, what did you get this for? – I think I paid 240 dollars for it from JG’s – From JG yeah, I bought one from JG for 219 at one time so, there was a time when also you could get these for 10 and 20 dollars including the K98ks that everyone wants.

Everyone wants stuff affiliated with the Third Reich, some people don’t some people don’t want that in their safe.

It’s whatever something, it’s fine.

– I mean, I can understand the history behind it is kind of interesting just as a firearm that made a huge impact on humanity but I mean, buying something because it was Third Reich I don’t really see that.

– To each their own some people are collectors but yeah, a Mauser in its own right is a great shooter and that’s why we chose it.

Going by that same kind of you know shootability standpoint, the next gun is an obvious choice.

– Yeah, it’s one of the Swiss rifles isn’t it.

– Absolutely, this is a Swiss K31 and I believe AIM Surplus is blowing these out right now at 320 dollars or something like that.

– Something like that.

– So you can find these for 300ish dollars and they’re cool because they’re straight pull.

But technically they call them bolt actions but to work the action you just pull back, push forward, new round.

It’s got a helical bolt on it that unlocks itself on a guide.

– Yes, I don’t know if you probably can’t see but this bolt does rotate counterclockwise.

As you pull the action, the operating handle back and it will eject the round, feed a new one in and they’re pretty quick to shoot not quite as quick as the Enfield though.

– I would say not quite as quick as the Enfield.

I don’t know, they should be on paper.

– You’re right – At least I can’t do it, I’m sure there’s a guy in Switzerland that could school us all.

– Probably.

– But yeah, they’re great rifles and at three hundred and some odd dollars since they never actually made corrosive ammunition for these that I’m aware of, the bores are all spectacular.

Even though the wood is often beat up pretty bad I actually refinished this one, you know the metal quality is always great the bores are great and surplus ammunition is available which is important.

– Yeah it’s strangely enough I think it’s all match ammunition.

– It’s all, they say it’s all match grade ammunition I mean I don’t know what the criteria is.

– I don’t know either but I know the ones that I have shot have been extremely accurate, the Swiss really did hit one out of the park with this gun.

– And at 300 hundred dollars if you are looking for a gun that you want to, I don’t know, hunt with or just have in your collection, that’s a great option guys.

Now next up is something we reviewed together a while back from our odd guns series.

This gun was France’s military service rifle for a while.

This, of course, is a MAS-49/56 – And honestly my favorite C&R rifle out of all of these.

– That’s a bold statement he even one time said that he liked it better than the Garand and coming from a former serviceman who owns a Garand that’s a pretty bold statement.

– Yes I’ve been looking for a nice one of these in.308 and haven’t found one yet but it will get added to my collection if I do come across it.

It’s just a really great rifle.

You’ve seen the two of us shooting in some of the videos.

I’m a man of smaller stature and this gun really lends itself well to somebody who’s a little bit smaller.

But it’s just an outstanding gun super reliable, we referenced it in an earlier video.

Ian McCollum did a mud torture test and this rifle performed exceptionally well.

– It’s also kind of cool if you are a gun nerd like we are because it’s DI in it’s purest form.

– Right, yeah.

– Which is gas travels up through the tube and slams right near the carrier there’s no internal little piston or anything like that.

– Yes, and you can see the gas tube right here but unlike the Rasheed that I kind of gave a bit of a criticism because the gas tube would burn me when I was reloading the rifle, this one’s kind of set back a little bit and it doesn’t, I don’t have that issue on this particular gun.

– It is cool also ’cause you can reload with stripper clips or you can take the 10 round detachable magazines out easily unlike the Rasheed which they’re fixed as fixed can be, nearly.

You know the only problem is ammo availability.

They fire a 7.5 French.

There are some 7.62×51 conversions although I’ve heard that they’re spotty at best.

– Yeah, I’ve heard that but that said I don’t really want to hunt for the French ammo because if I buy one of these I want to shoot it a lot.

I really like it that much.

– Sure, I get it and especially with this butt pad which is actually factory.

This is a French-made accessory they put on them to soften the recoil.

They’re just general shooters and they’re really cool guns guys I can’t sing the praises of this more.

Just a phenomenal firearm.

Now up next is kind of where we disagree.

– You know I’m a gonna give you yours.

– OK, I chose the SKS. – I’ll take mine.

I chose the Mosin-Nagant.

– I chose the SKS because It’s legal in a lot of places where semi-automatic rifles are harder to come by like California.

SKS’s are a hit there because a lot of them I believe are grandfathered in because they don’t have a detachable magazine and you know some of them are featureless or what not, whatever the crazy gun laws are out there.

Also in New York I believe they’re legal and in Canada they’re like a hundred dollars because there’s no Chinese import ban.

So that’s, it’s just a cool feature.

They also shoot decently they shoot 762×39 which is very inexpensive so if you want to go out with a big crate of 762×39 and just blast all day with a semi-automatic rifle.

– Yeah, you can do it with that gun.

– This is the way to go.

– I mean they’re fine guns I just prefer the Mosin to the SKS personally.

– It’s also worth noting that his choice is a lot cheaper.

This actually my dad bought this for 50 dollars in the 90s at a gun show.

It’s since made it into my collection by no fault of his I kind of snuck it in there but you know it is what it is, it’s kind of cool it’s been around since I was a kid in the safe so…

– Yeah and I do want to touch a little bit on price.

Something that is a little off-putting for me about those is for a decent one you’re looking at about 350 dollars now.

– That’s right, that does ding it quite a bit.

I mean if we’re talking, if these go back to Canada prices then this would unfortunately, it would shut out the…

– Yeah it would…

– But that’s not going to happen anytime soon I assure you guys of that unfortunately.

So why don’t you explain your pick there Patrick.

– Well, mine is just a Mosin-Nagant.

It’s a Russian built M38, I refinished the stock with some boiled linseed oil and I really like this one.

I’ve got four or five Nagants that I really like and I mean they’re reasonably accurate they’re relatively cheap for about 20 cents a trigger pull.

– I will concede that the ammo price on that is very alluring.

– Yeah, and the cool thing about it is it’s a full power round it’s not intermediate.

– That’s true, if you want to hone your skills and try and get your flinch out as a new shooter that is a great tool to do that.

– Yeah it is unfortunately sometimes the triggers on these feel like pulling a piano across a gravel road with, you know, some twine but Timney does.

I think it’s Timney, isn’t it? Or is it, somebody offers an aftermarket trigger I don’t have one because I think it’s fine the way it is.

I understand that it’s a crude rifle that was intended to be built quickly and cheaply – And the reason I personally disagreed with it is because prices are increasing on ’em.

– They are – This is an M38 which is a premium one now because they’re shorter and handier.

– Yes – Prices are getting up there you know, Enfields were one time 10 dollars these will one day be ridiculous in price I think.

– I agree.

– I suspect that, people might disagree with that but I think one day we’ll be looking at Enfields and reminisce about hey I remember when those were 100 dollars.

– Yeah, yeah I mean like this one in particular I think I gave 200 dollars for and like Alex said it’s a little bit more of a premium rifle.

They’re not as common.

I paid 120 dollars for my Hex Receiver 9130 and I’ve bought round receiver guns for as low as 70 dollars in the last couple of years but prices have increased a little bit and they’re in the 120 to 150 dollar range at this point.

– Yeah, so basically we just had a small disagreement there but you know people disagree on things neither of us I don’t think there’s a wrong it’s all personal preference.

– I think you’re wrong.

– Oh you think I’m wrong? – I do.

– OK, well fair enough.

Anyways guys we sincerely appreciate you guy watching the program.

This is Alex C with TFBTV.

– I’m Patrick R.

– And if you hit that subscribe button we’d really appreciate it especially if you enjoyed our video, let us know.

 



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • Riot

    Lee Enfield and MAS-49/56 0_0
    oofft!

  • J-

    Ditch the MAS-49, French 7.5mm is hard to find and the 7.62 conversions aren’t reliable.

    Add the Spanish FR8 rifle instead. The FR8 (for those who don’t know) is was a training rifle and Military Civil Guard rifle built on the Spanish Mauser action, but converted to 7.62×51 and using CETME sights. They were used (primarily) to train soldiers in marksmanship using the CETME sights when there weren’t enough CETMEs to supply the troops. They look a little weird, Mauser in the back and semi-auto up front, but they are accurate and use surplus 7.62 ammo. Most are still in pretty good shape and go for about $300. They also mount the CETME bayonet which is kind of a cool bonus.

    • I have quite a bit of 7.5 french (and reload it). I really like it!

      • J-

        I’ve seen a lot of 7.5 Swiss for the Schmidt Rubin. Cabelas stocks a lot of that and the Schmidt rifles too. I’ve almost never seen 7.5 french.

        • Southpaw89

          Pretty much have to handload it or buy online, but 6.5×55 brass can be resized for it very easily and standard .308 bullets are used.

          • J-

            That’s always been the blind spot in surplus rifle (gun) collecting. A great cheap rifle is one thing, but you lose out if the ammo is expense or hard to find, or if you have to put a lot of effort into reloading.

            7.62x54r is everywhere. So is .303. 8mm Mauser is getting a little harder to find.

            Every once in a while I see a Beaumont Vitali rifle at Cabela’s. It looks cool but I’m not going to order 11.3 mm brass from Europe, buy reloading equipment and size my own bullets for a $120 rifle.

          • Paul White

            I made that mistake with an old milsurp once; 8x56Mannlicher is damned expensive! three boxes would have cost more than the rifle

          • J-

            I remember when Shotgun News was practically giving away Webley revolvers. The problem was surplus .455 ammo was unavailable. A bunch of Webleys were converted to .45 app but those had crap accuracy and the cylinder wasn’t really strong enough for it. Now Fiocchi is loading the stuff but the revolvers are expensive.

          • Southpaw89

            I learned that the hard way, but also found that I take a great deal of pleasure in making these old girls speak again. Its certainly not for everyone, and you can very easily spend more on reloading equipment than you did on the rifle. But its also a fun challenge, and a good way to spend the rainy winter months while waiting for good shooting weather.

          • J-

            Don’t get me wrong. I am very much a collector, shooter, and amateur gunsmith. I enjoy my veteran firearms, some in oddball calibers.

            It is just to me a video “Best Surplus Rifles under $500” implies (and maybe I misinterpreted) “best cheap surplus guns” which to me includes the whole package of buying the gun and feeding it with cheap surplus ammo.

            That is very different than categories like “best historical guns to refinish” or “best guns to take to the range to turn heads.” If you want to lovingly load 6.5 Swede or 7.7 Arisaka or .30-40 Krag, be my guest (I love shooting my Krag-Jorgensen). I just never would consider those guns in my list of “Cheap Surplus Guns” even though my Krag cost about $350.

            I guess that was my issue. To me “best (implied) cheap surplus” includes cheap surplus ammo.

          • iksnilol

            6.5×55 isn’t hard to find. At least in Norway. How is the situation for 6.5×55 in the US?

          • J-

            6.5×55 isn’t hard to find because it is a popular match round. But cheap surplus 6.5×55 is rare. What you see a lot of is the expensive match ammo. It’s better than some other rounds but still not like 7.62x54r or .303.

          • iksnilol

            Checking prices, yes, factory ammo is almost a dollar a round.

          • Southpaw89

            I see where your going now, don’t want people to think that an inexpensive rife automatically means cheap fun, would be a nasty surprise for a new shooter or someone on a very tight budget to buy a cheap surplus rifle and not be able to feed it. Maybe a video on the best C&R shooters under $500 would better serve someone in that position.

          • J-

            Exactly. $500 will her you an SKS and a lot of ammo. An 8 mm mauser may be a little cheaper but you won’t have nearly as much ammo to shoot.

            It’s not bust surplus guns mind you. Whenever I’m at a gun shop or show and see someone buying their first gun or handgun, my advice is don’t get too focused on the “knock down” power of the caliber. With premium jhp ammo, 9mm, 40 and 45 all perform about the same. Get a caliber that you can afford to feed cheap plinking ammo through to gain practice and confidence.

  • Lance

    Im with your friend Alex got to put a Mosin over the SKS. Just been at a gun show Romanian SKSs are $400. You can still find Mosins for $100-$250. 7.62X54R is cheaper then 7.62×39 a 400rd can for $99 you cant beat that for a standard caliber now days. I do miss the days when a M-1 Garand was $400 and ammo was easy to find.

    • $400!? Goodness!

    • Patrick R.

      Hey Alex …. I was right.

      Also, I wish Garands were still $400. I would have several in my collection instead of just one.

      • Only way to really settle this is a battle royale: Two neckbeards with combloc weapons fight, one emerges.

      • Bal256

        We could have had cheap Korean War Garands, if chocolate jesus didn’t ban them by executive order.

  • Herr Wolf

    for a sub-$500 rifle I would get a DDM4 V9

  • M

    Two rifles I would have included are Finnish Mosins and Swedish Mausers

    • My Swedish Mauser is my favorite gun I own, but they are getting pricey and hard to find.

      • damorris

        They’re easy to find in Canada, run about $350 Cdn. I don’t know if you can import them to the USA from Canada.

        • maodeedee

          No, you can’t. As many similarities that there are between Canada and the US they are a foreign country and because of GCA 68 the ATF is very strict about imported guns and who can import them.

      • Brian R Gard

        I bought one in excellent condition Nov of 2013, shoots extremely accurate, as accurate as any rifle I have every shot, put a 3 x 9 Nikon scope, gonna hunt antelope and deer with it one day.

  • TyroneAlfonso2

    Are you joking?? You shamelessly ripped off IraqVeteran8888’s video. And since I know this will be deleted, I might as well go ahead and call you a douche.

    Also, no one is going to read that transcript… wtf.

    • Hey Tyrone, I was not aware that he had done something like this. We just wanted to make a fun and informative video that might push someone towards experiencing something new. That said, it is pretty hard to find something gun related that is not already out there, especially when it comes to commentary. We do not want to step on Eric’s toes or anything, and I don’t think he would mind an alternate viewpoint on a subject that he has discussed in the past. Also, the transcription is for people unable to hear and seo purposes.

      • Tassiebush

        It’s mighty handy having a transcript when you watch videos on the sly at work too! 😉

      • kipy

        There are videos of guys cooking bacon on a suppressor on youtube, pretty much everything from here on out is gonna be some variation of someone elses video lol
        Although I cant remember anyone almost shooting themselves with a Nambu 🙂

    • FindYourInnerWoodsman

      Well crap monkey’s! Here I went and read the transcript cause my internet is slow loading the video. Sucks to be wrong huh?

    • Dan

      I read it, faster to read it than watch the video. Only douche here is you.

    • Bob

      That’s funny, I saved myself several minutes by just reading the transcript…

  • Southpaw89

    You just showed one rifle that I have and six that I want, and if I hadn’t spent so much on auto maintenance I’d be running out to find and SKS right now.

  • iksnilol

    Most popular surplus rifle in Norway is the 308/30-06 Mauser. They were used by reservists or something (Heimevernet) before they switched to G3s.

    Decent accuracy, somewhat clunky. Both parts can be improved with some work.

    Also, if you think a Mauser is the best action: Try a Sauer, I think the version you can get in the US is the SSG 3000 (I use the STR 200).

    • Tassiebush

      Just looked up the STR200. They look cool. Do you shoot in those Stangskyting matches? I reckon they look awesome!

      • iksnilol

        I don’t shoot Stangskyting. Haven’t been to one of those matches. Maybe in the future. I am not yet a “pro” shooter. I borrow the rifle; That should tell you what level I am at.

        Sadly I haven’t shot much this year. Struggling a bit at school so I am on a hiatus in regards to shooting.

        To sum up the STR 200: Cool, expensive and more accurate than anybody using it. Also it is easy to convert it to other calibers.

        • G0rdon_Fr33man

          200 STRs are subsidised by DFS. They are cheap for what you get, which is really a configured SSG3000.

          • iksnilol

            15000 kr er ikke akkurat billig.

            Vet ikke prisen på SSG 3000 her i Norge.

            15k NOK isn’t exactly cheap. I don’t know the price of the SSG 3000 in Norway.

    • Smoothest action ever: Krag-Jorgensen.
      Norway and the USA both came together to create a truly spectacularly smooth rifle. Wish I had one!

      • iksnilol

        Krags are good. Only problem is noone has really tested one with modern 6.5×55 loads. There was one guy who blew one up by overcharging it (filled the case to the top with fast powder IIRC).

        Though I can’t recommend the American version (no offense). Not a good cartridge and one less bolt lug (Scandinavian ones have an additional safety lug IIRC).

        Also it helps to not be stupid and load more than one cartridge at a time. Those videos where people say Krags are slow to load then proceed to load one round at a time are truly cringeworthy. Just dump the rounds pointed the right way and force shut the magazine.

  • Paul White

    am I the only one that doesn’t really like Mosin’s? Bad trigger, so/so accuracy, kick like a mule…and I haven’t seen one under 200 before S&H and transfer fees for a long time which would make it more like 300 after those are applied.

    • I dont care much about them but I recognize their value. The cheap and readily available surplus ammo is what makes them awesome in my opinion. Great for working on your flinch.
      But for the crazy money they are going for these days, I would pay the extra $50 and get a yugo mauser from JG sales.

      • Paul White

        yep. Back when they were 99 bucks at Big 5, they at least made sense if yo wanted a rifle and were skint. Now though? For a C&R the Mauser’s just nicer…and for a guy that just wants a rifle that works well for shooting there’s the Axis II or the American or several other choices.

        • J-

          About 5 years ago a frat brother’s uncle got a C&R. So the entire frat chipped in and ordered a case of hand select mosins from Shotgun News for $69 a piece bulk price. No charge for transfer. Pretty solid deal. Now those guns would be going for $150 a piece easy.

    • Mitchell Breland

      I traded a Remington 7600 for a mossberg shotgun and a matched pair of Mosins about a year ago. Took the Mosins out to the range this weekend and was consistently busting stationary clay pigeons at 100 yards with iron sites. Love those rifles! And thats from a guy who carries an AR-15 with lots of bells and whistles every day on patrol.

    • sometrend

      I initially bought a mosin because I saw a package deal back in 2010 that consisted of a rifle and a tin of ammo for 125$. The rifle was dripping cosmoline but it looked new.Obviously a rebuild but the bore was perfect. After about 2 hrs of cleaning I had a corker of a cheap rifle! With surplus light ball that gun will shoot into 4in at 100yds.not spectacular,but it is fun enought to get you giggling. I then found a gorgeous hex receiver rifle with brass caps on the heat shield…just a nice looking rifle. that gun,with its favorite handloaded recipe will outshoot its sights. It`s a gun that grows on you!

  • UCSPanther

    I was fortunate enough to get a German (I think mine was built in Austria in 1940) kar98k for $400 Canadian a few years back.

  • Tassiebush

    and battle

  • Baguette à la Française

    Wait a second… You can have MAS 49/56 for less than 500$ ?!
    In France, you pay twice that price… IF you’re lucky !

    And of course, no surplus ammo avaible..

  • Bob

    Ah yes, the Lee-Enfield. I got my No. 4 Mk 1 for $450 less than a year ago. Made in 1943, it very well could have been used to shoot at Nazis. Bought more than 2,000 rounds of that HXP Greek surplus when I had the chance, so now I just need to get the reloading dies and I am set for a while. ;D
    Only downside is that I can’t easily stick a scope on it, but at least the irons are pretty nice compared to other surplus guns of that time period.

  • iksnilol

    Ja, men den der er svart. Det gir deg minst 100 m/s ekstra kulehastighet.

    Ser argumentet ditt nå, spesielt med tanke på at SSG3000 har innebygd kompensator som gjør det mer arbeid å montere demper. Ihvertfall target-utgaven har det.

  • Bo Bo

    I had collected military surplus rifles for years. Probably the finest shooting rifle was my 110 year old Swedish Mauser. The accuracy was outstanding and the quality of workmanship was just as good. Having gotten on in age many of the rifles I have given to friends who I know will enjoy shooting them as I did then letting my kids sell them off.

  • Gunny

    The Steve McQueen show was “Wanted: Dead or Alive.” Chuck Connors did the flip in “The Rifleman” but it was with a full size rifle. You also mentioned it being the first time seeing the flip with the large loop. I believe the first would have been John Wayne in the movie “Stagecoach” with a cut down Winchester M1892 in .32-20 WCF.

  • robocop33

    I have every one of these Mil-surp firearms and have to agree with you with one exception, The MAS. I no longer have this firearm because one the ammo was expensive, and 2 because it has no safety on it at all! Mine also had the grenade launcher on the end as well which looked cool but was essentially useless as you cannot hunt with a grenade launcher. The M38/44 is probably the best bolt action deer gun because it is light and has that neat folding bayonet that you can open and toss the gun over the fence and stick it with the bayonet in the ground before you try and climb through it. The SKS is also light but the accuracy isn’t really there. The Yugo M-48 is very accurate but rather heavy and so is the K-31. The same can also be said of the SMLE Enfield. The old m-91/98 is pretty much shot out but even if the bbl was perfect it is a very long gun. Use the M38/44.

  • damorris

    I would have included the Karl Gustaf Swedish Mauser, definitely prefer it to the crude Russian rifles. I have 3 6.5 X 55 SM’s, all are “tack drivers”.

  • maodeedee

    I’d kind of like to find one of the Ishapore SMLE’s that were imported about the years ago and converted to “Jungle Carbine” configuration and chambered in .308 although I’ve heard that the Ishapores were not all that accurate.

    • Baggy270

      I have a full wood Ishapore No 1 MkIII that rings an 8 inch plate all day at 100 yards…

  • Jimbo66

    Video only played about a minute and then kicked me out of my browser and some of the article from it is confusing because it jumps around too much to understand a lot of it. What I caught of it was really great though. I’ve owned 3 out of 6 of them and really liked them except the Mosin Nagant because of the really stiff action on the bolt, even after the gunsmith got through with it. Great topic guys, thank you.

  • SKS’s are the poor man’s AK-47, but my FFL deealer has one tricked out with an adapter to hold AK mags, Got a quad rail on it with an Eotech EXPS2 on top, at 10 o’clock he’s got a Leopold VX-2, at 6 o’clock a Viridian laser, padded butt stock and cheek rest, Sincerco Specwar suppressor, and a bipod (maker unknown). Next time I drop by his shop, I’ll take a photo of it.

  • jay

    How about actually having a list, when talking about a list? You know, #1, then #2, etc. These guy’s ramble so much I can barely pay attention to them. Then they turn around and not write the list, but copy their poor grammar and language structure directly into (as) the article. Well, poor reading, that does not capture the readers attention. I want the time I spent trying to understand this drivel back.