Starting my own thread.... Guys , I've never thought about but buying a Sako M-39 Mosin-Nagant until today at a gunshow. They're a bit pricey at $400 as far as mil surp goes but the Finnish workmanship is apparently recognized as superior....even back then. It's got a 6 digit s/n 242xxx with a mirror bore and 1944 on the barrel. That same serial # looks stamped differently on the receiver....maybe by hand? It has Sako stamp on the barrel and 2 stamps on the stock. The normal gear trademark and another with a 'S' in a circle apparently indicating a re-arsenal mark. The stock's forearm is finger-jointed together. The receiver is hex shaped where the barrel threads in. The sights go to 800m. It's got a a 2-line import marking on the top of the barrel near the fron sight. Of course it's chambered in the 7.62x54R cal. The trigger feels fairly light for a military rifle though fairly long and really has a single stage feel to it. What can you tell me about it. What to look for, what to avoid, etc? I did not notice if the bolt matched or not. Anything would help Thanks, Phil PS. I shot 1 of these a few months ago but, even thought it was a run of the mill Mosin-Nagant (non-Sako), it shot surprisingly well in an aftermarket stock, with a scope and mil-surp ammo. It's supposed to have 30-06 performance but it did not kick like my -06s. Maybe the extra weight helped as it felt more like a push on my shoulder rather than a punch.