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through old and recent surplus, or those handed down through the years. Factory ammunition is still manufactured and handloaders can choose from 125-, 150- and 174-grain bullets. In 1891 Russia adopted a rifle that was a culmination of two designers, creating the MosinNagant Model 1891, chambered for a 308-caliber rimmed car- THE U.S. had two bolt action rifles in service by the end tridge called the 7.62x54R (al- of WWI. One of these was the Springfield Model 1903. Shown here are the 03-A3, top, and the 03, bottom. though many are modified to .311 or .312 diameter). use it’s a good big game round on par with The rifle is a bolt action with dual lock- the .308 Winchester. Remington used to ing lugs and a single column 5-round pro- manufacture ammo until the 1950s, but truding magazine, which can be fed one now there is either old FMJ (full metal round at a time or via a stripper clip. It jacket) surplus or soft points, and FMJs by wasn’t much to look at, with that protrud- Wolf, Century Arms and a few others. ing magazine and short straight bolt, but it When using surplus ammo, remember was strong, reliable and fairly accurate. The to use hot soapy water until the patches front sight is a hooded post and the rear is stop coming out black (due to the mercua ladder type on the barrel. The safety is a ric priming), and then go with a copper flared rounded knob on the back of the solvent, bristle brush and elbow grease, bolt, which is pulled back and turned coun- then finish with a patch of oil run through. terclockwise. With the amount of effort A special note here pertains to those and time it takes to put that safety on, it is who have recently bought their first surcertainly easier and quicker to just leave plus Mosin-Nagant. The bolt is a 2- piece the chamber empty and rack a round in affair, consisting of the bolt body and the when needed. bolt head (that has the locking lugs). Once Throughout the decades (until after the bolt is taken apart and cleaned, it is WWII) around nine million were made in entirely possible to reassemble it incorSwitzerland, France, the United States rectly, but it will appear correct, and will (Remington and Westinghouse), Austria, fit into the action but not lock-up into full Finland and Russia (mostly). They were battery. To be sure it is correct, once reasused from the 1890s to the Viet Nam era sembled, turn the head of the bolt left and (it was a very effective sniper rifle with the right, and if it can be turned and pulled old low powered WWII “PE” scope). away from the bolt body, it’s not correct. If It has been customized mainly by bend- it stays in place with minor movement, ing the bolt handle and cutting the 29-inch then you are good to go. barrel and stock to a useful length. Because The United States had two bolt action the top of the receiver is completely open, rifles in service by the end of WWI. The a scope would have to be mounted via a first was the Springfield Model 1903 and side mount. There was also a carbine ver- the other was the Enfield Model 1917, both sion with a 20-inch barrel. chambered for the .30-06 cartridge. As was The 7.62x53R cartridge started out with mentioned last month, it was in the Spana 212-grain round nose at 2,000 fps and ish American War that the Mauser Model was later changed to a 150- grain spitzer at 95, and later the Model 98, proved to be a around 2,700 fps. For modern day sporting better designed rifle than our Krag. It was SEPTEMBER 2009 61

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
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