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i always see milltary surplus guns for like 70 bucks are they any good? i thught about getting one for traget or maybe deer insi

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  • i always see milltary surplus guns for like 70 bucks are they any good? i thught about getting one for traget or maybe deer insi

    i always see milltary surplus guns for like 70 bucks are they any good? i thught about getting one for traget or maybe deer inside 100 yards or so what do u think?

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    For Christmas last year my dad bought me a mosin M44 the old russian military riflt and i think mine shoots pretty well with iron sights so it might be a good buy

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    • #3
      any kind of gun for under $100 is a good deal, unless it is an old single shot .22 or 20GA

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      • #4
        Where?? I want one!!

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        • #5
          if its surplus it all depends on how well the gun was taken care of during its use some guys take better care of their guns than others it also depends on how much combat the gun saw so if it looks like its in decent condition then it could work out.
          thats my 2 cents

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          • #6
            i see them at MC all the time

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            • #7
              You weren't specific about the rifle in question, which makes a good answer more difficult. This is a fine reason to do your homework. Some military rifles are gems, and some are junkers or wallhangers. I purchased a cosmoline-coated M1909 Argentine Mauser that proved to be a remarkable find, and I purchased a M93 Spanish Mauser that had seen a great many rounds ignited by mercuric primers and received very little care. As "bargains" go, it cost far more to rebarrel and restock it to turn it into a decent shooter than it was worth. I've seen any number of Mausers, Enfields, Lee-Enfields, Krags even Springfields, that ran the gamut from excellent condition to well past their prime. Do the research, testfire it if you may, consider if it fits the role for which you intend, and enjoy the process.

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              • #8
                "Retired" military rifles run the gamut from excellent bargains to wallhangers. I can't recommend anything that will compete with $70, but you may want to consider Mitchell's Mausers. They advertise K98 Mausers for $249 and up that are very well made and worth more than their purchase price as a practical choice for an economic deer rifle.
                One of my best purchases was a cosmoline-coated Model 1909 Argentine Mauser, manufactured on contract by DWM and chambered for the 7.65x53 Belgian Mauser cartridge. I purchased this piece for the action, as a foundation for a rifle I intended to have built. When the cosmoline was removed, the metalwork of the rifle was in unused condition. On testfire, it was admirably accurate. I still have that rifle after 15 years, and I consider it one of the best bargains I've ever encountered.
                That was a success story; I'd be less than candid if I didn't say there have been a few disappointments, like the M93 Spanish Mauser in 7x57mm that had a bore so badly pitted (mercuric primers) that it was pathetic. I had to rebarrel and restock that rifle before it could be remotely classed as a shooter - which means that "bargain" eventually cost me much more than it was actually worth.
                Take heart, there are bargains out there and they're well worth discovering, but do the research, examine each individual rifle carefully and weigh objectively whether the rifle you're considering will serve your purpose and be fun to shoot.

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                • #9
                  I apologize for the redundancy. I thought I accidentally deleted the first posting, so I rewrote it.
                  Ed

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                  • #10
                    Agreed with Edward J. Palumbo answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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