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    Deer hunting with the Nagant M44

    I have been seeing the bucks and thinking deer season will come up fast. I have already been thinking about what I will use this year and
    decided to try something new. I converted an M91/30 and a M44 into hunting rifles some time back. The M91/30 was cut down to 26" from 29",
    but the M44 already being short, was left the same. An old time gunsmith helped me on the M44 and it turned out very nice. Also very
    accurate. I did the M91/30 myself and found I am not so good at drilling straight holes. Still I got it together and it works fine. Again,
    the M44 seems more accurate and I am going to take a buck with it this year. I am thankful I have plenty of deer on my farm so getting
    one, or several, is not a problem. I'll probably use Privi Partizan soft points as I have plenty on hand. Has anyone else used the Mosin
    Nagants for hunting?
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    I would like to see those two carbines with wooden sporter stocks. They have nice retro type lines. Or maybe I just like milsurp sporters
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    I've taken deer and Boar with a m44. Works like a charm. Yours look great! It's a fine deer gun imo, as ammo's silly cheap and more than strong enough to take any kind of deer or deer relatives (aside moose) cleanly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    I would like to see those two carbines with wooden sporter stocks. They have nice retro type lines. Or maybe I just like milsurp sporters
    I think I paid around $80. each for the rifles. At the time I did not see any wood sporter stocks for Mosins. I also didn't want to spend to much money on converting them.
    I remember the gunsmith saying you got a $200. scope on a $80. rifle and laughing about it. I am sure the M44 with a 7.62X54R soft point will drop a buck with ease.

    Tot, ur post was not up when I posted this. What kind of ammo did you use? They say they hunt Elk, Moose, Bear in Russia with them all the time.
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    I used surplus because well, as I said, it's cheap! I've read (but can not confirm) it's the most common killer of deer (both the mosins and 7.62x54r) in the world. Friend of mine who's a bigger hunter said the "light ball" versions work very well.

    I tend to be real close so it's not hard for me to hit where it needs to be.
    Those sport stocks you have are great but not for lefties non are made I've looked.

    Half the fun of the mosin is putting way too much money into it.

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    Sporterized??? Oh, the HORROR! Greg, you Bubba...

    j/k I haven't done it yet, but eventually plan at least 1 similar. btw, I think 7.62 x 54r is comparable to 30.06 and should be more than adequate for moose.
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    Wish I had some land to shoot fmj and deer on! Looks pretty good there Chief. I've always wanted to play with a Mosin, but can't shoot it anywhere around here

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    I've taken hog's with an m44 using light ball and heavy ball and both do the trick cleanly!
    you wont have any problem taken a deer with either rifle or ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG 54R View Post
    I've taken hog's with an m44 using light ball and heavy ball and both do the trick cleanly!
    you wont have any problem taken a deer with either rifle or ammo.
    I am looking forward to giving it a try. Already have a buck or two picked out, if they stay around. If not, they're will be others. They keep extending the doe season around here,
    but shooting does is like shooting rabbits in a cage. Just to easy
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    M 38 or M 44 would be a great weapon for Hunting Large feral hogs. A 200 Grain SP would knock them as flat as a 8mm, 30 40 Krag or 303.
    I thought about going down south to the Georgia with my brothers just to hunt hogs with Milsurp rifles.
    The M 98 sporter was my first choice and let my brothers chose between the Krag sporter or the stock M 38 Mosin.
    The M 38 is has great balance, plus has a great round... I am still toying with it.
    You know if you connect with the 7.62X 54, the animal is going down for the count.
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