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I just looked at a 91/59 which had a 1944 receiver. So this
means it was built on a 1944 91/30 ?

I was expecting a bright mirror sharp bore but the bore looked
funny. There were a lot of thin scratches in the grooves. Looked
like my Ruger 77 rifling. It could be just cosmo but they seemed
like machine made. Should I go back with a cleaning rod & patch
& scrube the bore a little ?

If 91/59 were built on 91/30, did they put in new barrels or just
reuse the old worn 91/30 barrels ?

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I just looked at a 91/59 which had a 1944 receiver. So this
means it was built on a 1944 91/30 ?

I was expecting a bright mirror sharp bore but the bore looked
funny. There were a lot of thin scratches in the grooves. Looked
like my Ruger 77 rifling. It could be just cosmo but they seemed
like machine made. Should I go back with a cleaning rod & patch
& scrube the bore a little ?

If 91/59 were built on 91/30, did they put in new barrels or just
reuse the old worn 91/30 barrels ?

Thanks.
Just shoot it and clean as you normally would.

They cut down 91/30 barrels and stocks to make 91/59s. Sometimes they used new stocks, but there were plenty of 91/30 barreled actions available to use.
 

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tc2006: Do you mean a 1944 barrel date? It is a safe presumtion that it was made from a 1944 M91/30 if it has a M91/30 rear sight and a 1944-dated barrel. The receiver date is on the underside of the receiver tang, requiring disassembly to see. I would ask the seller if I could swab the bore. Big 5 stores have allowed me to do that. I have two scrubbed versions of the M91/59 that appear to have had the barrels replaced, but usually that was not done. HTH DDR
 

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I just looked at a 91/59 which had a 1944 receiver.

So this means it was built on a 1944 91/30 ?


If 91/59 were built on 91/30, did they put in new barrels or just
reuse the old worn 91/30 barrels ?

The believe the correct answer to these questions would be yes and yes.
 

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I was expecting a bright mirror sharp bore but the bore looked
funny. There were a lot of thin scratches in the grooves.
Tool marks.
 

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Most of the M91/59's were selected from M91/30's having decent bores. Why build a new carbine from a rifle with a bad bore? Many things could account for some scratches. Without knowing the exact type of scratch, some milsurps were subjected to the spinning of a stiff wire brush by a drill motor to clean them up. Some folks choose speed instead of proper care. I would pass on such a bore - there are too many M91/59's out there with nice bores. DDR
 

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"Why build a new carbine from a rifle with a bad bore?" Good point.
Thanks for all the responses. I really want to get a nice one. The
M91/59 seems like the most delicate of all Mosins.
 
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