/k/ I need some advice.
I have the choice of a mosin nagant or SMLE No1 Mk3 as my first rifle and was wondering what to pick up based on your recommendations.
Both are in good condition but the enfield does not have a matching bolt.
Costs on each, please?
I would expect the nugget to be about half the cost at least, so if money is a concern you'd best get it to avoid any trouble with buying ammo for it.
Long term, however, is a more dicey matter. Nugget prices are slowly rising, a bit faster than enfields in my opinion. We keep getting told the era of cheap mosins is nearing an end, so it might be best to get on the bus now.
A non-matching enfield isn't particularly collectible, so unless you have a great desire to simply own one I would say hold off for a better example.
Well, that does change things a bit. I can't speak about ammo availability, but I'm told .303 is much more common there then in the states.
If only for your heritage, I would say the enfield.
Get an Enfield. Honestly, it's just not worth it to get a Mosin when the price is equal to that of something else, especially when it's your standard 91/30.
Must say, though, that you'd probably be very happy with the Mosin due to ease of disassembly and being part of the Mosin culture in a way.