California Mosin Shenanigans

I’ve been looking to buy a Mosin in CA, but the prices in the Central Valley are fucking insane. I’ve called every gun store and pawn shop from Modesto to Bakersfield and 3 stores had anything. One store had one that was sporterized, the other store had one for $700, and the last one had 4, ranging from 600 for what looks like a Balkan M91 to 1200 for a Finnish 91/30. Are these what prices are like now or are they gouging? Pic related, it’s the m91

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Idk the current nugget prices but you should check online, it would probably be cheaper to ship it to an FFL.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I’ve looked, and most FFLs drag you through the mud with $100+ fees. Include shipping online, and a ~$350 Mosin turns into a $500 one fast.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        what city do you live in jesus christ.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          californian city FFL fees are ludicrous

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        moron gay, I'm looking at a $200 transfer for a PTR and a $50 background check because the one FFL for 300 miles that's not a Fudd knows he can charge that.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          There’s like 3 stores near me who will do it for around 90, including the DROS. Dunno what shit part of Cali you’re in but it seems you got it worse than me.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Humboldt. It fucking sucks so hard up here if you like guns, dude, it's so bad.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Well no wonder, you’re in bumfuck nowhere with nothing to the right of you and a liberal hellhole below. Jesus Christ…

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Humboldt is this place where some fat hick named Hoss will live within the same town where some teen boy is wearing a dog collar and a skirt. I know this because I saw both examples in the last few days. And as for the gun community, it's all fudds. The only people that seem to own AR-15 rifles aside from cops are ancap hippie rednecks with poverty ponies sticky with pot butter.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              just move over the border to oregon anon. unless you are in school just leave.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I only have shitty associate degrees and no real skills. And I have no family anywhere else in the nation. I barely have family here.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                that's fine. just get a couple thousand dollars saved and move to brookings (if you still want to be close to family), coos bay or any of the other numerous towns along the coast. Humboldt county is a sink (an overpriced sink at that) and by the time you figure it all out you will realize what a joke the north coast of california is.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                How is Coos Bay these days? I used to spend a few summers up there when my grandfather lived there. I assume it's a liberal shit hole kinda like Eureka is here.
                And I know Humboldt is an overpriced sink especially as the rats fled San Francisco and came here.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                its a dumpy coastal town but its still miles above anything on the california coast. there might not be much industry but there is still some tourism and logging. Nowhere near as far gone as Astoria, Eugene or Springfield is.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Makes me sad that the pawn shop that used to charge 50 stopped doing FFL transfers this year, leaving me with the one local gun shop that charges 150.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Any FFL is legally required do to transfers, so tell them to stop blowing smoke up your ass.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          moron gay, I'm looking at a $200 transfer for a PTR and a $50 background check because the one FFL for 300 miles that's not a Fudd knows he can charge that.

          >$200
          >$150
          What the fuck.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        God damn, my local kitchen table FFL in Iowa charges $25. Even the greediest boomers only get away with $40 here.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Bill’s Shooters and Blades in Modesto for $25. Based garage FFL run by a Vietnam vet.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Making me feel better about my $300 one.
    Honestly, they're not that great and you might be better off just getting any other historical bolt action. Overheat and lock up, get pretty hot in general, stripper clips will fuck you up. Fun enough, goes boom really loudly, but nothing special to them.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Only reason I’m even considering is because of ammo. I have seen no 8mm Mauser in stores, but I’ve seen some 7.62x54r at a local turners

      what city do you live in jesus christ.

      Gotta love good ol Fresno

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >local turners
        dude find an ffl that does ammo transfers and order your ammo online. Turner's is shit you're getting fleeced.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Sometimes they have decent ammo specials. Bought like 300 rounds of .223 for $180 on the spot when everyone else wanted ~$250 and I wanted to go shooting that day.

          They're prices high fishing for idiots, but Mosin prices have gone high. Going rate starts from $400+. If the 600 one was ok I'd keep my eye on it.

          In the meantime make an account on Calguns and start browsing the WTS section. Also browse collector's exchange which is usually overlooked.

          Also get a C&R/CoE. It'll allow you to mail order ammo and C&R long guns to your doorstep. Plus you can take home C&R handguns from a transfer same day which is going to save your ass from making two drives since living in central valley you'll be driving across the entire state for any worthwhile deals.

          It’s an M91 that’s got no matching serial numbers. Imperial eagles are ground off, which makes me think Balkan import. However, it does come with the older style locking ring bayonet.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Fresno
        Is it true you're on the front lines of the norteño-sureño wars?

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you can't buy ammo online and are restricted to what stores have in stock why not buy that M1917 on the wall and shoot .30-'06?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They wanted over $1000, which I can’t afford

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >which I can’t afford
        If you can't find 7.62x54R on shelves that money you think you're saving by buying the cheaper rifle isn't being put to any use.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I can find 7.62x54r. Two stores near me have it.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Then you should buy the Mosin variant that has the better sights. M91/30 sights are better than M91 sights, and Finnish Mansner sights beat both.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              The hard part is finding the Mosins to begin with. I don’t want to shell out ~$650 dollars for a rifle. If I could find a Finnish one, I’d be stoked

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                *for a low quality rifle

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Mosins have gone up in price, really nice ones go for 700+ unfortunately. I personally wouldn't go higher than 600 unless it was a PU or collector piece, the value just isn't there for me. You might have good luck prowling local auctions, Mosins aren't exactly uncommon and pop up there pretty frequently, as do spam cans.

      For the time being .30-06 is still more expensive than 7.62x54R, though I expect in the future they're going to be much close in cost. Hunting ammo is already similarly priced between the two.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Can you just buy a mosin while out of state? I live in NV and I've bought long guns from FFLs in other states.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I’m not sure about the legality of that, but it might be an option. It’s just that the nearest state is like 8 hours away though, which sucks ass

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >legality
        Look what ~~*they*~~ did to my boy.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          If I wanted I something unregistered, there’s a guy who’d give me a v24 for the price of gas money. Otherwise, almost no one sells shit without it being in the DOJ’s handbook. If I could find one unregistered, that’d be a bonus tbh

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            *desu

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              TO BE HOMEST JESUS CHRIST

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              dawg why tf they have anime merch there?

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                It was a shock when I walked in. They specialize in older rifles and they also sell anime merch. Like the walls have demon slayer drawings and manga posters and shit. Just a clash of 2 different subjects

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Anime/Gun store seems like it should be a more popular combo.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              buy them both and that porno.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Did you try petting the cat anon?

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I did, he was a sweetheart

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            order off of cumbroker
            sort by low to high skip to the end and go backwards and you'll find low bid low price guns
            they also have the FFL finder tool which can show you their fees and who has the lowest

            >If I could find one unregistered, that’d be a bonus tbh
            look at auctions for the recently dead

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              he's
              >californian
              so there is a fat chance he can find an FFL who will charge under 200 for the privilege of receiving a firearm

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I knew a dude who charged $30 you just got to look although idk the situation in the eighth circle of hell known as the central valley

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Is it that bad in the central valley? I thought here in the bay was the most cucked yet there's places here where the fee is only like $35-65

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >200
                Every place near me charges $65-75. $200 is LA garden gnome tier.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Mosins make no sense at those prices. They barely made sense at $99.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    bump

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Check Calguns.net classified ads, put a wtb post w your location , ffl transfer fees should only be $50 at most

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      There are almost no motherfuckers with mosins on Calguns. There’s like 1 guy with 1 in SF bat, but the other two are a bubba’d Mosin and the guy wants $2500 purchase bundles. The wtb is horseshit too because bots feed off that shit constant

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Jesus, my brother bought his at a Big 5 in Riverside back in 2007 for $99.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      does anybody have any tips on where to find a Russian contract Winchester 1895? All the listings I can find are from years ago

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Jesus, my brother bought his at a Big 5 in Riverside back in 2007 for $99.

        didn't mean to reply

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Fresno fucking sucks

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >he missed the good ol days when nuggets were $99 a piece for surplus good/excellent, with a bayonet and ammo pouches.
    Sucks bro. I'm sorry, and don't feel bad, I missed out on when SKS rifles were dirt cheap, now I can't even find one (aside from surplus poor/fair chinese shit sticks)

    • 3 weeks ago
      Resident Wumbologist

      Those Chinese ones are beat up on the outside but clean up really well. They usually haven't been fired much, just stored poorly.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Resident Wumbologist

    They're prices high fishing for idiots, but Mosin prices have gone high. Going rate starts from $400+. If the 600 one was ok I'd keep my eye on it.

    In the meantime make an account on Calguns and start browsing the WTS section. Also browse collector's exchange which is usually overlooked.

    Also get a C&R/CoE. It'll allow you to mail order ammo and C&R long guns to your doorstep. Plus you can take home C&R handguns from a transfer same day which is going to save your ass from making two drives since living in central valley you'll be driving across the entire state for any worthwhile deals.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I wasn't aware there was a way to order ammo and have it shipped to your door. In fact, I was under the impression that C&R was essentially worthless due to additional California laws.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That’s why you need a COE (Certificate of Eligibility), if you have both you can order ammo to your door.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Resident Wumbologist

        Without a CoE it is mostly worthless, although you can buy C&R handguns and rifles in person while out of state without the CoE which I have done.

        Sometimes they have decent ammo specials. Bought like 300 rounds of .223 for $180 on the spot when everyone else wanted ~$250 and I wanted to go shooting that day.
        [...]
        It’s an M91 that’s got no matching serial numbers. Imperial eagles are ground off, which makes me think Balkan import. However, it does come with the older style locking ring bayonet.

        $600 is a bit, but nearest runner up I'm seeing is a basic bitch 91/30 from C&RTrader on Calguns for $460 and I've dealt with him before, and he's an asshole and he's going to charge gas for driving to meet you.

        I've had pretty good results sourcing 308/7.62x51mm for a sane price. If you just want a rifle you can shoot a lot have you thought about getting a nice bolt action in 308? You can probably get something better than a Mosin, cheaper or both.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Well I haven't even put a single round through most of my guns so I have little to gain from ordering ammo to my door. Especially as it seems like few vendors even deal with California these days plus getting both the feds and stateies involved in my business is anathema to me. I just see it as signing up for too much interference for something that can be cucked away even more via expanding restrictions.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I started calling into stores in Modesto and Bakersfield themselves even if I don’t want to travel that far for a fucking Mosin. Two more stores have something, with one store having a M44 for $350 on consignment and the other store had two “russians” (as the guy I called so eloquently described) for 500 a piece. If I wanted a carbine, I’d have jumped on the m44. Also now that I think about it, the store here in Fresno is charging 600 for their m44. Shits wack

          • 3 weeks ago
            Resident Wumbologist

            I recommend getting that $350 M44, that's a pretty reasonable price if it's in ok condition.
            It's a "carbine", but the barrel is still 20" long. Just not as ridiculously long as a regular M91.

            Just remember that it's zeroed with the bayonet extended and that is how it's meant to be fired.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I’ve got an itch for milsurp right now, that’s the main reason why I haven’t just gone off to buy some Sportsman’s warehouse 308

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    2nd Amendment Sports left and Turner's took over (in Bakersfield). I heard they left because they were sick of California's bullshit gun laws

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