i would say its a fair/good deal. m44s are going for 300$ bucks m38s 400$??? maybe m91/59s are made from full length rifles and aren't super common but not rare. i paid 300$ for a 1954 m44 mosin last year it has a nice shiney bore. Eventually those mosin carbines are gonna be worth alot more then the full length rifles.
I'd say after shipping and FFL fee that might be a little high as of now. But 91/59s aren't seen as often as other carbine variants so as long as you're happy with the rifle that's all that should matter.
I think you paid about the going rate, not a screaming deal, but you didn't pay much of a premium either. I poked around the completed gunbroker auctions for 91/59s and was surprised how much both common and uncommon types were going for. I think I have only ever seen one 91/59 locally, they are not super common.
My '39 91/59 does great with good ole surplus. I finally bought some PPU to try in my '44 Tula sniper. I have always used whatever I could get in a tuna can for shooting. I would like to see what the PPU does in the sniper though. Make sure you post some pics ya hear?!
I was in a gun shop in SE Michigan 2 weeks ago and picked up a comparable 91/59 for $250. Felt I got such a good deal on the 59 I bought a unused Tula 1951 SKS refurb for $600 at the same time. Feel that I broke even save on one over pay on the other.
After physically having this rifle in my hands, and after giving it a nice, long cleaning I would pay what I paid for it again any day of the week. The action is incredibly smooth, yet feels incredibly strong. The bore looked excellent when I first got it, but after letting it soak with some CLP followed by a nice scrub, it looks even better.
Im glad I went ahead and bought this one because the prices go up just about every week. Cant wait to shoot her!
Congrats on your rifle. I know less than squat about the 91/59 but what I like is your enthusiasm for what you bought. I just picked up two 28/30s and a M28 but haven't paid for them or got them in my hands to see what I got. I hope I am half as enthused as you are with yours. Regards, John.
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