Not from a collectable purpose , but from an accuracy purpose, if both guns where the same barrel wise in condition ,would one be better than the other. I am shopping for a carbine to hunt with using the sights on the gun. Price is not a factor. I just love the Mosin guns. I have 2 91-30's from 1932 and 1933,all numbers matching that I just want to collect. I would like a carbine for 50 to 75 yrd. work for deer hunting. I had also read laminate stocked guns are more accurate if you can find one. I owne a lot of modern firearms , but I am hooked on the vintage Mosins.I am going to keep collecting Mosins as a hobby but right now I am just looking for a carbine. A local gun shop has a good selection of both 91-38 and 91-59's. The 91-59's are selling for 50.00 more in the same condition. They are all Charter Arms imports.