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I had mentioned in a prior thread that I had ordered an ex-sniper from SAMCO. I received a number of PMs asking me to give my impression about the SAMCO ex-sniper when it arrived. It arrived last evening. Well all I can say is I am very pleased. The bore is bright and shiny, bluing is excellent. The receiver has two posts in place along with two tapped screw holes both open. All numbers but the bolt match (nothing ep'ed) and the furniture has character with lots of cartouches and inspection stamps. All I can say is don't hesitate to order one if you are on the fence. I will probably post pictures this weekend.

Meant to add it is a '44 Izhevsh with number on the barrel base.
 

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Good to mention Duane's name!

Mike

You did the right thing by mentioning Duane's name. I have to admit it I aso used Duane's name when calling Abda. What can I say - It obviously worked.

Duane - forgot to tell you - Abda also said hello to you when I called.

I just received my PU scope today that I bought from another board member. I will order the scope mount and base from John tomorrow and I will be all set. Yippee!


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Still Have Them

I just received mine on Thursday evening. I would go to the SAMCO site and check them out . A tad under $300 and well worth it. By barrel was shiny and bright. WIll try to post a picture today.
 

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Thanks - not bad for the bottom of the proverbial barrel. Imagine what the top of the barrel had when they first arrived. Just ordered John's (Accumount) scope mount and base. I should have the puppy together sometime next week. I had a picture of my PU scope along with this rifle but somehow it did not get posted.
 

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Mike -

Thanks - also let me know how yours is when it arrives. I assume you talked to Abda - she has been very helpful on all my orders.

I took the rifle completely apart and cleaned it. Just had a tiny bit of cosmoline in the crevices. I also used a number of coats of bees wax and orange oil on the stock. Each time I clean the stock it improves the existing patina. I also took the bolt completely apart. I usually don't remove the firing pin but it is pretty easy. I soaked all the parks in simple green. By doing that the trigger actually became really good. Absolutely no creep. I am also thinking about using a shim to reduce let off. There's an article on how to do it on one of the sites. Pretty easy and reversible. Here's the link:

http://www.surplusrifle.com/shooting2005/mosinnaganttrigger/index.asp



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The Samco Snipers are actual real snipers right?
Yes these are real snipers - you should do a thread search on the words "SAMCO" or "MARCUS". Marcus has written extensively on these rifles. When I ordered I asked Abda that my only criteria for a rifle was a good bore. She came through - I could not have picked a better one if I did it myself. I intend to shoot the rifle and I knew that the bore condition generaly correlated to the accuracy of a rifle.

All my numbers but the that of the bolt match. I knew that the bolt would not match. If you were lucky enough to order early enough then I understand everything matched.

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Wax

Mike -

I actually use a commercial product called Howard Feed-N-Wax. I have seen it at Ace hardware stores. When I purchased a Cooper rifle a few years ago the seller gave me a bottle. However, when this runs out I will be trying Tom's 1/3 mix which people swear by. It is highly recommended on the boards here and I think if you do a search on "Tom's 1/3 mix" you'll find it and can see the good things people have to say. I have his site book marked and here is the link:

http://www.thegunstockdoctor.com/

This reminds me I will probably order some this week as I am almost out of the other stuff. It really revitalizes the wood as long as it is not sealed. Great on oil finishes. For the most part the SAMCO stock was not sealed - seemed almost like an oil finish. Some hints here and there that there may have been something like a shellac on it around the hand guard but 99.9% gone.

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scope base fit question

Mike -

When you mounted the scope did it appear centered over the bore line. Mine seems to be a bit offset and I was thinking of filing down the scope base (not mount) to get a tighter fit at the top of the scope base and receiver. The base bottom is flush with the receiver but there appears to be a slight space at the top of the base and receiver. I compared this to my other scoped sniper that came all together and both the bottom of the base and top of the base are tight against the receiver. Just wondering how yours is and if you had to do any filing of the base for a snug fit. I should add that I am using and accumount base.

Thanks,

William
 
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