Zastava M85 7.62x39 Bolt Action "Mini Mauser" Rifle, CAI Yugo Import. New. - $369.95

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Zastava M85 bolt action 7.62x39 "Mini Mauser" rifle with a 20 inch blued barrel. It has been drilled and tapped for scope mounting. Features folding leaf rear, hooded ramp front sight, checkered walnut stock with sling swivel studs and buttpad. Imported by CAI, mfg in Serbia in the famous Zastava factory. Comes with one 5 round internal box magazine (Not detachable as mentioned in some ads, sorry). New in box. # RI1975-N.

Category: Rifles
Caliber: 7.62x39mm
Brand: Zastava
UPC: 787450210110
MPN: RI1975-N
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I bought one and was

I bought one and was disappointed from the moment I got it. The rifle looked good overall, but as soon as I pulled the bolt back I knew it was junk. My first instinct was to send it back, but I'm a moron.

The bolt has a very sloppy fit. Pull it all the back and there is 1/2 to 3/4" play up and down, side to side. I had to to wiggle it so it wouldn't hang up when pushing it forward. It wouldn't eject 75-50% of the shells. Some parts looked like they were finished on a bench grinder.

One reviewer wrote "Also the bolt was really hard to pull up after each shot ... Like really really hard ..." Hours of work and paying a gunsmith won't help.

Spent hours polishing parts trying to make it work, sent it to a gunsmith. Nothing works. Stay away for the gun and I would say any bolt gun made by Zastava. Traded it for a Yugo SKS and now have a dependable rifle that seems to be as accurate. But, because of what I paid for the M-85, shipping, gun smith, etc; it's the most expensive SKS on earth.

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You should have gone with the

You should have gone with the CZ 527 7.62x39. About $30 more but an excellent firearm and it's mag fed, smooth bolt-action, set trigger, and nicer sights. Never had a failure to feed or eject.

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Where can I find a cz527 in

Where can I find a cz527 in 7.62x39 for $400?

I think you're way off.

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The century model vz2008 is

The century model vz2008 is what he means I believe

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No he said "Bolt Action" The

No he said "Bolt Action"

The CZ527 is a bolt action rifle but I can't find it in 7.62x39 and the 223 ones are not "$30 more" but more like almost double the price.

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I've got the 527 Carbine in

I've got the 527 Carbine in 7.62x39. Its a few hundred more now-a-days. You could find them a 'bit' cheaper pre-2013.

Yes, it is more expensive, but the 527 carbine is sheer joy to own and shoot. Way more accurate than I thought it would be with bulk Tula/Wolf steel cased (2MOA @ 100Y) and the action is like silk. I know that gets tossed around a bunch, but it really is when compared other other bolt guns I own.

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LMAO....yup, should have just

LMAO....yup, should have just gone with the SKS to begin with!

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I almost bought one as I

I almost bought one as I really want a bolt action rifle in 7.62X39 caliber but read too many negative reviews, principally about the action. The action, by the way is not a controlled feed mauser action. It is a push feed action much more similar to the Sako 46 action. It has a long rib that looks like a fixed extractor but it’s just a guide rib. It is a push feed with hook extractor but with a fixed blade ejector. The biggest complaint about the rifle is that the inside of the action is very rough and requires a lot of polishing and grinding to smooth it. I don't mind a bit of work on a rifle that otherwise gets good reviews, but this sounded a bit excessive and beyond my limited gunsmithing skills. On the plus side, the rifle is fairly accurate (2MOA at 100 yards) and the bluing is excellent. The stocks are nice walnut but poorly finished and will need some work to get them looking nice.

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I have one. Its a nice rifle

I have one. Its a nice rifle but ill just add this. Last time i had this rifle out to the range it was getting light primer strikes 30-40 percent of the time. Also the bolt was really hard to pull up after each shot ... Like really really hard ... Sometime it would feel downright stuck. I need to look the rifle over again and see if its just a minor issue or major issue.

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It sure looks a lot like

It sure looks a lot like this:

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Oh its definitely NOT a CZ

Oh its definitely NOT a CZ lol not by a mile ... I held a CZ 22lr at the range just a few days ago and it looked like a work of art compared side by side to my zastava. I didnt realize til then why people tout the cz rifles so much. They are beautifully made.

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Any thoughts on this rifle?

Any thoughts on this rifle? I'm having a hard time finding reviews. It would sure be nice to have another option for putting 7.62x39 downrange, especially if it's a bit more accurate than your standard imported AK.

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Put some nice optics on it;

Put some nice optics on it; looks bad that the rear sight is so far forward ( a bad AK receiver cover issue ), which shouldn't be needed in a bolt action... but at least there is no flimsy receiver cover like on an AK ( which is why you have the side bolt on mount )... so this should be able to be tapped and then a nice 2 piece scope mount should be a great anchor for a good piece of glass. Best of luck; report back in if you get this, and have fun shooting...

PS: ALways like nice wood furniture! Sweet

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Yeah, I'm not a fan of the

Yeah, I'm not a fan of the rear sight position, but I'd probably scope it anyway.

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