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Mosin rebarrel (maybe rechamber?)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Njal Thorgeirsson, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Njal Thorgeirsson

    Njal Thorgeirsson Well-Known Member

    I bought an old mosin, drilled/tapped and mounted a nice scope, and refinished the stock. Anyways the bore is aweful- very sharp rifling but some bad pitting/corrosion. It shoots unbelievable 18+MOA groups.

    I've always liked mosins, and I think it'd be fun to have an accurate one. So I'm looking to rebarrel it, but I'm just not sure where to start. I'm looking for one around the $300 price range. It doesn't have to be perfectly fitted, as I know a professional machinist who could undoubtedly modify it as necessary.

    Also, I'd definitely consider rechambering it if it provides an easier solution.

  2. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    Have you tried cleaning the barrel really, really good with stuff that will get the deposits out? And what kind of ammo have you tried? Just one kind of surplus, many kinds of surplus, any decent commercial stuff, any good handloads?

    The barrel may be wasted, or it may just not like the ammo.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  4. Njal Thorgeirsson

    Njal Thorgeirsson Well-Known Member

    I've shot wolf, surplus and some other new-production factory ammo (of a brand whose name is evading me), but I haven't decided to handload at all yet. I have cleaned the barrel heavily to remove any deposits and such. The barrel is very heavily pitted- its definitely beyond hope as an accurate rifle barrel if I can't hit a watermelon half the time at 50 yards, regardless of ammunition.
  5. Ian

    Ian Well-Known Member

    If it were me, I'd sell the rifle for $100, and then add another $150-$200 and buy myself a nice condition Finnish M39. That should get you a nice shooter with more historical interest and for less money than having a gunsmith rebarrel the gun you have now.

    If you really want to rebarrel, you might consider buying one of the Mosin parts kits that Sportsman's Guide has for $100. They're advertised as used but excellent condition, and with no receiver it could ship right to your door. Then you just need a competent local gunsmith to do the swap.
  6. denton

    denton Well-Known Member

    Absolutely. Rebarreling a $100 Russian Mosin is a losing proposition. A set of Mojo sights on a Finn, on the other hand, will generally turn in 2 MOA performance which is better than you can get with most Russians with a scope.
  7. .45Guy

    .45Guy Well-Known Member

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  8. caribou

    caribou Well-Known Member

    Loose screws, bent wood, bad barrel/action contact with the stock, crappy cleaning, bad crown, bad ammo, bad sights, crappy tirgger, crappy barrel, but most often, a bad shooter.

    No accusations, but go down that list, and if all is well, then blame the rifle.

    You seek accuracy and that, right there , is the goal! :D Do whats nessessarry to get it on target, ever pull of the trigger.
  9. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    I have two rifles that meet the need for a new barrel, a Tula M91 and a Izzy, unknown year. Both have bores with no rifling and total pitted. I bought them as parts guns as I needed the stocks to replace bubba rifles that had good bores. The M91 is a rare big hammer rifle. It throws bullets through a target sideways at 25 yards.....too bad.....chris3
  10. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    As many worn-out Mosins as there are in the world, and as many Mosin lovers as there are, it seems to me there might be an excellent market for good-quality replacement barrels for them! Some barrel maker should tool up and make a few dozen for a test run, then advertise them and see what the demand is like. Good barrels at a good price, I bet they'd sell like hotcakes. There's certainly no shortage of aftermarket stocks for Mosins out there.
  11. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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