Customizing my Mosin Nagant 91/30


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Pistolman36
January 7, 2010, 07:56 PM
I picked up one just before christmas at a local pawn shop. The previous owner had added the ATI stock and shortened the barrel. There was also a new front sight put on. I promptly added a bipod and sent out for a bolt replacement. I added the ATI scope mount for my Pentax Gameseeker. So once all is said and done, Im having it duracoated in gloss black, or maybe faux chrome. Not sure yet.

Its turning out to be quite a sweet rifle. Ill post pics when it gets somewhat finished. Bolt should be here next week.:)

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ArmedBear
January 7, 2010, 08:00 PM
Customizing my Mosin Nagant 91/30

DUCK!

mannac
January 7, 2010, 08:24 PM
There's millions of them, take it easy people. I personally like the look of my original m91/30.

I see we're pretty close, what pawn shop did you get it from? I was at one in Shawano at the same time and I was pretty impressed in how much they had.

RonE
January 7, 2010, 09:25 PM
There is a very easy do it yourself adjustable trigger for the 91-30 that makes a world of difference.

Step by step procedures with pictures are here: http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=50969

Also do a search on this forum for "snipper rifle" to see what might be done. A little imagination goes a long ways.

Pistolman36
January 7, 2010, 10:27 PM
I picked mine up in Appleton. I was waiting around for Dunhams to have them on sale again, and was just looking around. I know alot of people like to leave them the way they are, but I was looking to jazz mine up a bit. I like the round, and its a really accurate rifle. I paid $135 for it, for all it included, it was a pretty good deal.

Sunray
January 7, 2010, 10:33 PM
"...sent out for a bolt replacement..." What's wrong with the existing bolt? Bolts are not drop in interchangeable. Another one has to be fitted for headspace by a smithy.
What's the bipod for? Rifle too heavy for you?
"...There's millions of them..." There were millions of 1903A3's at one time too. However, bubba has already had his way with Pistolman36's rifle.

dirtyjim
January 7, 2010, 11:37 PM
What's wrong with the existing bolt? Bolts are not drop in interchangeable. Another one has to be fitted for headspace by a smithy.
actually on mosins the bolt body is interchangable & thats what he was taliking about. the bolt head is separate.

there still are milions of 1903's available, if you want one just go to gunbroker.com & bid away. yeah, they're not $20 anymore but niether is anything else, its called inflation

pancakeofdoom
January 7, 2010, 11:44 PM
post pics and total cost when done.

kind of wanted to do similar, but it seemed like for the money you could get a decent used bolt gun that's already tacticool.

Clipper
January 8, 2010, 12:36 AM
"...sent out for a bolt replacement..." What's wrong with the existing bolt? Bolts are not drop in interchangeable. Another one has to be fitted for headspace by a smithy.
What's the bipod for? Rifle too heavy for you?
"...There's millions of them..." There were millions of 1903A3's at one time too. However, bubba has already had his way with Pistolman36's rifle.

Really reaching, aren't we?

There may have been 'millions' of 03-A3s made, but they're still a fraction of the 30+ million M-Ns (and that's only the ones made by the Russians).
And yeah, if you knew anything about them, you'd know about the bolts.
And wassamatter, you don't know about the prone position?

TCB in TN
January 8, 2010, 12:44 AM
Hey its a Nagant......they were not issued because they had great ergonomics, or because of their excellent handling characteristics. They were issued because they were cheap to mfg, and if the poor smucks on the front lines ran outta ammo they served as a very solid club to use. If anything in the world calls for being modded, then its the MN!

Clipper
January 8, 2010, 01:03 AM
kind of wanted to do similar, but it seemed like for the money you could get a decent used bolt gun that's already tacticool.

But you'll never be able to say "I did that myself" about a factory rifle (that looks like all the other tacticool wanabee rifles on the firing line). Nothing, and I mean nothing else looks like a Mosin. You can spot that beautiful mag/triggerguard profile a block away.

Pistolman36
January 8, 2010, 06:42 PM
I didnt actually get a replacement bolt, but to add a scope mount over the receiver, I needed to have the bolt handle "bent" and made longer. I found a guy on ebay who cuts off the bolt handle and ball end and adds a new rod to it. Looks great and allows for the scope placement.

Big Bill
January 8, 2010, 06:53 PM
Pistolman - I hope you have fun and it turns out to be just what you wanted. I took mine and completely renewed it as close to it's original form as possible. But, that's just me. It's nice that in this country every man/woman can do whatever they want with their own property.

Sock Puppet
January 8, 2010, 06:58 PM
I've seen that guy's auctions on Ebay. The pics look good, but I'll be interested to hear about your experience when he's finished.

Unistat
January 8, 2010, 07:39 PM
I did almost the same to mine. Replaced the rear sight with a scope mount and got a long eye relief pistol scope. Now it's a scout rifle (well, I still need a Ching sling).

I had to buy a neoprene sleave to raise the comb. It is an unfortunate brown color, the recoil pad I added to the butt is black rubber, and the duck tape is silver. Now it really does look like bubba had his way with it.

ArmedBear
January 8, 2010, 07:40 PM
Pistolman36- Just make sure that your custom job includes a visible hose clamp, and PM a picture to Cosmoline. Let me know when you do; I love a good laugh.:D

Pistolman36
January 11, 2010, 04:57 PM
I just got my bolt back. Im having trouble with pics but as soon as I can Ill post pics. It looks great. Nice satin finish and it clears the scope mount perfectly. Im having a gunsmith drill the scope mount on next week and Ill be all done.

MarkDozier
January 11, 2010, 05:28 PM
I ripped my Mosin apart. Cleaned it. totally stripped the stock, refinished it with a wipe on poly. It looks and shoots great. i am adding Mojo sights as soon as my wife lets me buys parts again.

langloisandy
January 14, 2010, 02:45 PM
Uni,

I just PM'd you, re: Ching Sling. I have a sale here at the leather shop on them

Andy

Pistolman36
December 12, 2010, 02:00 PM
Not too shabby, I just need to find a proper scope. The one I had my eye on was defective.

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac50/redtornado73/showoff.jpg

tyeo098
December 12, 2010, 02:12 PM
I gotta say, the silver looks very smexy on a mosin.

I like it.

A lot.

Spec ops Grunt
December 12, 2010, 02:21 PM
You wouldn't bubba a Garand or a Springfield?


Please don't Bubba a piece of history.

12guagecody
December 12, 2010, 02:47 PM
spec ops i'm all for preserving history but at least read the post before you comment, it was already modified when he bought it so don't heckle him for making it the way he likes it

Spec ops Grunt
December 12, 2010, 04:41 PM
Oh. Whoops.

harmon rabb
December 12, 2010, 05:30 PM
Don't bubba a piece of history? Something like 60,000,000 mosin nagants were made. Unmodified ones will be around for a long, long time.

Of any "piece of history" TO bubba, the MN is it, simply because there are so many of them that you're not messing with a rare gun.

Pistolman36
December 13, 2010, 09:02 PM
Personally, Ive seen some really nice restored Mosins. Just not my style. Since it only costs shy of $100, I figured it would be cheaper then buying a decked out Remington 700. Plus the 7.62 54 is a pretty big bullet compared to my PLR-16

Virg461
December 13, 2010, 11:08 PM
I love the way people compare modifying a Mosin, of which 10s of millions were made, many of which of dubious quality, to modifying a 1903a3, of which 700k were made, all of excellent quality. There is no comparison. No one should feel guilty about doing whatever they want with a Mosin, including using it as a club, which was the intended purpose once the ammo ran out.:neener:

Arkansas Paul
December 14, 2010, 12:05 AM
You wouldn't bubba a Garand or a Springfield?


If there were 30+ million of them and they were $89, yes I would. Well, maybe not the Garand.
I love the historical aspect of things as well though. Mosins are so cheap, I'm thinking about getting a couple of them and leaving one original and playing with the other. To each his own.

I really like the rifle by the way.

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