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Finn 1891 rifle

1891, 91/30, M38, M44, 91/59, P-series, M27, M28, M28-30 and M39
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Finn 1891 rifle

#1 Post by Rapidrob » Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:32 pm

I have a couple books about the Finn rifles used in the Winter War and the Continuation War. I thought the Finn M-39 was the rifle of choice for the foot soldier but there were several references to the opposite. The Finn's loved their version of the M-91 long rifle. The whys were never explained.
I had collected the M-39 rifles by maker and really liked how well they shoot. I found a nice Tika '91 long rifle and tried it out and found out first hand why the Finn soldiers liked the rifle. It is very accurate. The rear sight is not as nice as the M-39 but is easy to view in low light. The trigger has a decent pull.
The rifle shoots very well at long range. It is more like a "detailed" Mosin '91,rather than a redesign.
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#2 Post by 8thIDGrunt » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:39 pm

The only real thing I have against the MN rifles is the hard to operate bolt compared to the smooth action of say, an Enfield or a nice Mauser.

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#3 Post by Smokey » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:11 pm

The bolt works a lot better with grease along the body, locking lugs and especially the slope that retracts the firing pin when the bolt is opened.
I use a good gun oil everywhere else.
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#4 Post by VMASCIOP2000 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:47 pm

Beautiful rifle displayed with nice pics.
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#5 Post by ffuries » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:15 pm

I use transmission fluid on my bolts. After cleaning I give them a good oiling with it for storage purposes, the next time I take them out shooting, the bolts are as smooth as silk.
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#6 Post by Rapidrob » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:37 am

Tomorrow is our first ever Saturday match. The theme is the "Winter War" which is fun and since the Finns used just about everybody's weapons,all the members have a rifle that can be used.
Were in a weird warm spell here in NM and it may reach 60F. Not normal for us but you won't see anyone complain.
I'll be using my hand loads for the match. They have a slight edge on the surplus fodder out there more so that the bullets are .312.
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#7 Post by Smokey » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:08 am

I worked up a handload using NOE316299 slugs and IMR4198. Velocity ran around 1800-11900 fps.They shot extremely well and cycled nicely through the action. My posting on a "Really veteran old rifle" got lost with the old forum.
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#8 Post by Mwt » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:16 pm

Smokey wrote:I worked up a handload using NOE316299 slugs and IMR4198. Velocity ran around 1800-11900 fps.They shot extremely well and cycled nicely through the action. My posting on a "Really veteran old rifle" got lost with the old forum.
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#9 Post by Mwt » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:21 pm

I picked up a shooter grade 1940 Tikka m91 just before thanksgiving. I’ll likely give it a go in our first local vintage match in February. I had to lower the rear sight to get a decent 100 yard zero. I really like the longer sight radius compared to my m39 and m27.
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#10 Post by Smokey » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:33 pm

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#11 Post by Rapidrob » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:23 am

While I did not win the match,the rifle shot well. The zero with my load was off as the rounds were dropping too low for the sight settings.
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#12 Post by Smokey » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:48 pm

"It is more like a "detailed" Mosin '91,rather than a redesign." That's about the best short description of the Finn M91's I've seen.
The later Finnish versions of the Mosin Nagant rifle seemed to have various problems. The M91 just plain worked, and shot pretty well.
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#13 Post by VMASCIOP2000 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:20 am

Smokey wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:33 pm
My mousepad is acting really Touchy. The computer is jumping around with barely a touch.
Someone sent me a PM,I believe it was related to this topic, it was deleted by accident before I could read.
I apologize and ask that you resend it.
You may want to do a virus scan and then restart your computer. That's what fixed mine when it was jumpy like that.
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Re: Finn 1891 rifle

#14 Post by DLH » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:54 pm

I also have a Tikka '91, Finn.'42 date. With light reloads @100yrds,my AR and hunting rife rangemates are usually outshot!

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