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    Finnish M39, what's the worst accuracy to expect?

    Hi, I'm checking out M39's and wow they're touted as having better accuracy than regular Mosin's, what's the worst one could expect in terms of MOA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryukikass View Post
    Hi, I'm checking out M39's and wow they're touted as having better accuracy than regular Mosin's, what's the worst one could expect in terms of MOA?
    Completely loaded question since it largely comes down to the shooter, quality of ammo, and overall condition of the rifle. But all things being equal, you should easily expect a Finnish Mosin, particularly an M39, to out-perform pretty much any model of Soviet Mosin. The Finns took an overall good platform and improved it considerably.

    I worked up a load (Lapua 200gr. D166 bullet, Lapua 7.62x53R brass, 38.2gr of Vihtavuori N140, WLR primer, with OAL of 2.992") for a few of my M39s, M28s, M28/30, and M28/76, and it performed well in all of them. Generally did MOA at 100 yards with iron sights for sure. If I was a better shooter and spent more time working up the loads with the best rifle I had, I'm sure it would be capable of sub-MOA shooting. Even using factory ammo or surplus ammo you should find that most Finnish rifles are capable of better than average accuracy, IMO.

    But I have seen people who couldn't hit the broad side of a barn from 25 feet with an M39. So, you know...

    Cheers,

    Greg

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