finaly got a Mosin-Nagant


August 9, 2004, 05:49 PM
I have been wanting one for quite a while and finaly broke down and picked up a M44 at the last gun show. I wanted a M38 but there were none to be found. Actually I'm glad now I couldn't find the 38...the bayonete is really growing on me.
Anyway, I finished the last coat of BLO today and got everything put back together. I touched up the blue, fitted an old recoil pad from a Ruger 77 and headed to the range. I was please with how the 60 year old rifle shot. Accurate with lots of power..and lots of bruising potential. I'm looking forward to getting a "No Gunsmith" mount and handgun scope to complete the scout concept that I had in mind for this rifle.
BTW, I know Linseed Oil isn't the best finish availible, but I have always liked the look. I have always used Tung Oil for my refinished stocks and wanted something different.
It makes a good mate for my AK, guess I'll call them Boris and Natasha NOw I just need a Druganov or RomakIII and my comblock colection will be complete.

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August 9, 2004, 06:18 PM
Very nice rifle there. :) I see yours even came with the elusive cleaning rod. Nice catch.

August 9, 2004, 06:20 PM
Complete? Not without an SKS :)

Nice rifle!

August 9, 2004, 06:26 PM
What's wrong with the BLO? It won't yellow like the tung oil will.


August 9, 2004, 07:13 PM
That's a sweet looking rifle you've got there. I finally bought my first milsurp bolt rifle myself (Czech vz.24 Mauser 98K) at this past weekend's show but looked long and hard at an M38.

August 9, 2004, 07:38 PM

Just got back from the range today with my M44 and my rem 700 30-06. The hungarian M44 has Darrel's scope mount....awesome, if you want the link I can try to find it...with a 2.5x extended relief scope. This is a great "scout rifle" setup. The steel core hungarian ammo (146gr) is not too bad on the shoulder (try the 200grn stuff, ouch). I took the bayo off to assist balance (plus it is hunting compliant) and it has a new polish surplus sling on it. Great gun to complement my SAR-1. Get nice groups at 50 and 100yds. Have fun!!

August 9, 2004, 08:29 PM
According to

Q. What is the original finnish on Russian/Soviet stocks?
A. Shellac was used from the earliest production to the latest, probably because it is inexspensive and simple to use although it is not as durable as some finishes. Mosin Nagant stocks that appear to have an "oil" finish have just had the shellac worn off.

August 9, 2004, 09:14 PM
Complete? Not without an SKS

Like this?
Actualy I traded it for the AK.

If you could find the link for the Darrel's scope mount I would appreciate it.

Route 66
August 9, 2004, 09:19 PM

Nice wood grain on the M44. Is it a natural or laminated stock?

August 9, 2004, 09:27 PM
Darrel's order are just done by email IIRC.

I've got one on my m44 too. Better snug it in with some blue loctite -- I didn't at first and couldn't figure out why my zero was bouncing all around. Groups looked like a shotgun pattern. Still need to take it back out and get it zeroed in.

August 9, 2004, 10:04 PM
I've noticed that Ruger buttpads/plates are similar in shape and attachment to the Nagants. How difficult was it to fit the thing in place?

I love shooting the M44, but I could do without the bruising.

August 10, 2004, 07:28 AM
How difficult was it to fit the thing in place?
It wasn't to bad. I had several old pads, but the Ruger would require less grinding. I had to bend it a little to get the contour to match, then I just ground it with a Dremel tool sanding drum. A belt sander would have probly made it even easier.
natural or laminated

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