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Ordered two of the recent 91/30s with the hex receiver from J&G the other day and got a 1923 dated rifle and a 1934 dated rifle. Now the 1923 may be original with it's hex receiver ( Is it and what does it say? See pic below) Is a hex receiver original to a 1934? Saw some at the past gun show with hex recievers and 40s dated barrels. Is this something the Ukranians are doing because they're running out or was this maybe some sort of a last ditch attempt to make more rifles during the war out of spare parts?

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If I remember right, 1935-1936 were the transition years from hex to round receivers. One point is that you can find both kinds of receiver in the same year from the same factory.

The rifles with hex receivers and 1940's dated barrels were either rare M91/30 or more common M91/59. I believe that some older rifles were rebarreled during the war and that is why once in the while you run into M91/30 with 1940's barrel on hex receiver. The M91/59 is a different story, these were rifles converted to carbines well after the war.

One more. The other reason for hex receiver and 1940's barrel is that it might have been Finn rifle. They used a lot of hex receivers when building their own rifles.

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That's a couple of nice finds.
Both your rifles would be correct with a hex receiver, hex's were used up until 1936 and many later dated Mosin Nagants can be found with hex receivers.
Check your rifles receiver tangs for the year and arsenal.
Your 1923 Izhevsk is an ex-dragoon updated to 91/30 specs and the 34 is an 91/30 model so 91/30 stocks would be correct.
There's a ton of information on these links: and

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The post-1930 Hex receivers are basically down to the arsenals using up the stock that had already been produced, as well as receivers salvaged from more recent M91s, usually Dragoons. The rollover between hex and round isn't a firm point, I've seen a 1931 round, and a 1938 hex, but in general most of the hexes were used earlier. Before 1934, hexes were common, maybe more so than rounds, but after that they got increasingly rarer.
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