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I received my Russian surplus Mosin Nagant yesterday. I only paid $100 plus shipping. It shoots 7.62 x 54R. I was very pleased with my purchase. It looks almost brand new. It's an earlier model because it has the hexagonal receiver. My son and I watched Enemy at the Gates last night, too. The M/N was the rifle the Ruskie sniper was using. I'll post some pictures later.

Are head space gauges something a gun shop would have? Anyone know of a gunsmith who might have them? Would he charge me any less than the $50 I'd pay for the go and no-go gauge set?

Does anyone here have a set that I could swing by and use for this 30 second test?
 

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Unless it shows a lot of abuse and wear you should not have to worry about the head space. Since it is a rimmed case it head space off the rim, If you worried about it you can cut a peice of shim stock of difference thickness and check it. just my 2 cents jj
 

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ya that is a great looking gun, especially for only $100. You shot it yet?
Waiting for two things. Head space check and 880 rounds of ammo. The latter will have to wait until payday. I'm self-employed so who knows when that will be. The former I may be able to check using other techniques besides the $54 gauge set, like maybe that plastic you use to check tolerances between bearings on an engine?

AIM Surplus has Bulgarian ammo for $0.16 per round if you buy in large quantities. I've been stocking up on ammunition this year.
 
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