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I've been short on "disposable income" the last few weeks after being eviscerated by the tax man in April. After having to let a bunch of great local deals on ammo go by (doesn't it always work out that way?), I ran across this a couple of weeks ago. It was originally priced a bit higher than I wanted to pay, so I risked letting it languish for a while to soften up the price. Anyway it all worked out in the end. First '43 Finn capture from either arsenal I've run across in the wild. Pics next frame . . .
 

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The bore is bright and shiny, but has seen quite a bit of use. Counterbored about 25mm. Nothing matches except the Finn-matched bolt. Older Century import with transliterated serial prefix:


It's in a '30s or early '40s Izhevsk stock, but can't say which year, as the acceptance mark is no longer legible:



Has the pretty much standard Finnish shim treatment, barrel floats emphatically:




The pics in the listing weren't good, and I didn't realize until seeing the rifle in person that it was built on a low wall receiver:

At that point, I was thinking that the barrel could have been moved to a different receiver by the Finns. However, the tang indicates that it quite likely left the Tula zavod in this receiver:
 

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Love it! Congrats!
 

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Ol' Relic, Do you think that it being a low wall and stepped receiver, that the rifle was made early in 1943? The machining looks more "42ish".
Tula was using a lot of recycled receivers (and for that matter, older receivers that were formerly considered a bit out of spec, but still close enough for rock 'n roll in the war years) in 1943, so I doubt that one can surmise much from the receiver. I haven't run across enough non-PU 1943 Tulas to judge by the barrel machining. I think it's a pretty interesting rifle, though-it's been through a lot. :)
 

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Sweet 1943 [SA] Tula. Not too many 1941-43 Tula Finn captures around. I've been looking for a 43 for several years with no luck. Managed to find a 42 [SA] a couple years ago. Nice grab fo sure!
 

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Nice, great stock and double SA stamps to boot! Man I love that get it done quick machine work on the '43's. I bet the length of that barrel is machined just as NICE! Mine sure is.
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Yeah, the barrel machining on the barrel shank on this one is exceptionally crude even for a '43. And par for a '43, a raw lathe cut runs the entire length of the barrel.
 
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