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robynpv
09-23-2006, 09:43 AM
Hello!!!I was just wondering if any of you use military surplus rifles to hunt with??My husband and I both use mill-surps to hunt with.I have several to choose from but our favorite is the Type 99 7.7cal Japanese Ariska.I shoot a 150gr.SP Norma while my other half uses Norma 180gr.SP.We hunt a field on our property and the type99 has made some good long-distance shots.Thanks Robyn.

Toad_Sticker
09-23-2006, 11:11 AM
I use a nagant as a backup gun
I have 180 grn S&B soft points for it.
one is an M39 finnish the other is a Hungarian M44
has not actually taken anything with them as my main gun works very well.
sounds like you have a good set up
enjoy it
TS

tufhelp
09-23-2006, 01:18 PM
Yep, stock 1903A Springfield (30-06) Iron sights, deadly accurate, rugged and will bring home the dinner...

Tim Horton
09-23-2006, 10:45 PM
Howdy

Used a "bring back" 8mm Mauser from the time I was old enough to get a big game license till I was in my mid 20s.

Kept that rifle as a "spare" in all our camps. This rifle has taken more game than any other rifle we ever had in camp. Other than my Grandpas 30-30 maybe. Still have them both.

Have used the 8mm for Firearms Safety Class many years now.

Wyo

robynpv
09-24-2006, 09:08 AM
Hey...I heard that 8mm will really reach out there.I just got a 1909 Argentine Mauser in orignal military config. it is a tad long and a bit heavy but I might be able to make some long range shots with the 7.65x53 SP round the rifle shoots?I still want to hunt with my husbands M1 carbine,but he says its not enough.What do you all think???Thanks Robyn

ShieldWolf
09-24-2006, 04:52 PM
Use a Mauser 98k myself. Also a #4Mk2 .303 Enfield on occasion. Both geat!

Dreaming
09-25-2006, 06:21 AM
I've used an SKS to take deer. This year my wife will try with it.

kawalekm
09-25-2006, 09:39 AM
I have a Swedish Mauser in 6.5 X 55mm that I got for 80$. *I sporterized it, refinished the stock and put on a recoil pad. *People I show it to think the gun is brand new. *Then I show them the 1918 date stamped on the reciever. I also have a Turkish Mauser in 8mm, but that isn't finished yet. I've already cut and re-welded the bolt for a scope, but sanding out the gouges is taking forever. Steam isn't helping!

panzer426
09-25-2006, 10:22 AM
I use a Springfield Armory M1A Scout, going to try my new PTR-91 next.

Archangel
09-25-2006, 10:45 AM
I'm with dreaming, ;D :) ;D Michael

Tim Horton
09-25-2006, 08:04 PM
Hey...I heard that 8mm will really reach out there.I just got a 1909 Argentine Mauser in orignal military config. it is a tad long and a bit heavy but I might be able to make some long range shots with the 7.65x53 SP round the rifle shoots?I still want to hunt with my husbands M1 carbine,but he says its not enough.What do you all think???Thanks Robyn


Howdy

Robyn, you are lucky. The 1909 is a model 98 style action (the best) and the 7.65X53 (some times called 7.65X54) is the "308 Win" of the early part of the century.

VERY good cartridge. Factory ammo (mostly Norma) will be real spendy. But if you reload, it is a snap to load for. Uses standard .310 to .312 diameter bullets, made by all manufactures. Yes, the M1 Carbine will take deer. Just restrict your shots to ranges you would if you were using a .357 magnum. Not because of the acuracy, but the power of the carbine.

Good luck
Wyo

monkeyman
09-26-2006, 01:04 AM
I have used my dads 30-40 Kraig that granddad got surplus as a kid, for deer before, dad uses a K 98 in a stand or a 30-30 if stomping through the brush. My Mrs uses my SKS when she goes out and I plan to use my AK-47 this year any time im not in a place where I would need to reach out a long ways, if Im likely to go much past 150 yards I will take my .270 out for that time.

FireMaker
09-26-2006, 08:03 PM
1750 Fusil, oops - does a smoothie count

rassd71
09-28-2006, 12:24 AM
Yep, Lee Enfield 303 on a sports stock. With a bushnell scope for added accuracy. I've only ever disintigrated gophers with it. But my late step dad used it for deer.

magic308
09-28-2006, 06:23 AM
Sure have...I used my M1 Garand...Love it!!! To tell you the truth, I like shooting the M1 more than any other of my Firearms.

Danny

Toad_Sticker
09-28-2006, 01:24 PM
*I have used my dads 30-40 Kraig that granddad got surplus as a kid, for deer before, dad uses a K 98 in a stand or a 30-30 if stomping through the brush. *My Mrs uses my SKS when she goes out and I plan to use my AK-47 this year any time im not in a place where I would need to reach out a long ways, if Im likely to go much past 150 yards I will take my .270 out for that time.
I carried my AK one time hunting deer in Colorado.
I had some deer about 30 yards thru the trees and CLICKED off the safety.......they scrammed.
I couldn't turn it off quietly.
TS

longshot
10-01-2006, 04:52 PM
.303 enfield, for moose. 8)

ls

762xIan
10-02-2006, 07:59 PM
Don't take a lot of long shots here in PA.

Use a Mauser, put peep sights on her, no scope.

Friend has been hunting with a .303 enfield for over 20 years.

NYCBOY
10-03-2006, 07:45 AM
Got my first deer with my enfield 303....

longshot
10-04-2006, 04:09 PM
.303 is a good round, my rifle has the orginal sights with the flip up tangent sight and its rated for 1300 yards. i dont think i can see that far in the peep let alone hit anything. ::)

heatingman
11-02-2006, 04:13 PM
Yes, My main deer/elk gun is a Mosin nagant 7.62x54. I use 180gr soft points for hunting and full metal jackets for target. Full metal jackets are very inexpensive $3.99 for a box of 20. I also have a .303 Enfield, and a 30-40 Krag. I can shoot very well with all of them

Jeep
11-04-2006, 11:57 AM
I use a M-1 carbine with Federal HP's to hunt with. Most of my shots are less than 100 yards and I have killed several deer with mine.

robynpv
11-05-2006, 01:12 AM
I have wanted to use our Inland M1 carbine to hunt with for years.We have several 20round boxes of Norma sp.Everytime I ask my husband about it he says its not enough.I will have to tell him that others do use it to hunt soo thanks!Robyn.

LeatherneckPA
12-21-2007, 10:53 PM
LOL, just stumbled on this thread because I was checking to see if anyone had re-stocked a mil-surp rifle to make it a hunting rifle. Mine is a Model 29 Sako made in 1930 and chambered in 7.62x54 Russian. Would like to get a new stock on it. I gather that's called "sporterizing" the rifle. I guess that rounds big enough for anything I am likely to hunt in PA, maybe even in the lower 48.

OzarksJohn
12-22-2007, 08:11 PM
Howdy.

I haven't used a surplus military rifle to actually take game but I have carried them while deer hunting. I loaned my 1917 Eddystone to a nephew once and he took a doe with it at around 200 or so yards. I believe that some of the current crop of available surplus rifles are a screaming bargain in utilitarian, rough and tumble hunting/farm/ranch rifles. I will say that many, if not most ,will need to be diligently worked with to get them field ready as did my M44 Russian 7.62x54R. Mine needed serious windage adjustment when I first fired it at 100 yards with some Serbian made soft point hunting ammo. (My SKS rifles needed serious sight adjustment too) With the wide variety of ammo out there, you will find differences in how they print with different types of ammo. Many of these surplus rifles can be scoped without permanent alteration with special scope mounts that only require the removal of the iron rear sights. Whether that is an asset or not is up to the individual and their intended use of the rifle. I've noticed that scoping some of these rifles will cost more than their current market price. Of course a lot of us do things as much for hobby as we do for utility or economy.
As for most military rifle calibers and cartridges being adequately powerful for hunting? They certainly are adequate for deer and a good many of the most common are entirely adequate for game the size of elk or moose with proper bullet/load selection.
Since the US .30 cal. carbine was mentioned here I will toss in an opinion; Even with the best of bullets it's not really a deer class cartridge, even though it's laid low literally thousands of them since it's introduction. (Some states do not legally allow it as a big game cartridge.)It really is at it's best as a short range varmint or self defense rifle. It seems more like a high performance pistol cartridge as opposed to a low end rifle cartridge. Even the 7.62X39 Soviet of SKS/AK fame bests it as a deer killer and that is still a bit less than the old .30/30 yardstick that deer cartridges are measured by. That said; I'd love to own a nice military M1 carbine. They certainly are cute and handy. OzarksJohn