Well Rott ... I want to thank you for inadvertently helping me resolve a problem. That I didn't have a regular round-receiver M91/30 was nagging on me, so today I was at Dunham's Sporting goods and lo and behold, their MNs were on sale for $99, so $105 out the door. There were about 12 of them behind the counter, so I picked out a nice 1939 Tula. It's in great shape, all the parts match in number. It's a re-arsenal, and the bore is excellent (although not perfectly mirror). Came with all the accessories, plus an extra cartridge carrier. It's an Rguns import. I've got her all cleaned up already!
I've never bought a gun at Dunhams. It seemed weird. They would not let me pull the bolt (not allowed to handle a gun without a trigger lock, and can't remove the bolt with trigger lock in place). Moreover, after buying it, the guy had to walk with me until we were outside, then handed it to me. He was nice though. I kind of kidded with him, saying "it's strange ... I walk in here carrying a loaded firearm, and the store won't let me walk out with an unloaded one!" He kind of laughed and said "yeah, we get that a lot, but it's store policy." Oh, and also they ran a NICS check on me, even though KY carry licenses exempt them from that. I haven't had a "point of sale" NICSs check in about 3 years. Again "store policy." Ah well ... it's a nice Mosin.