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Refurb nagant

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by baghdaddy202003, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. I am currently refurbing my Mosin and have run into an issue. I do not know how to get the metal off the stock in some areas. The specific areas are the metal pieces where the sling goes and the front clip over the end of the stock, also there are the screws that run through the stock laterally. Do those screws require a special tool? I am pretty sure that by simply taking a flat tipped screw driver and inserting into the opposite side of the stock I can knock out the metal pieces for the sling. The front metal clip, does that come off simply by taking out the screw on front? I was not going to take all this off but I have decided that I will have them reblued to look new. I am going to have the bolt polished up a little and plan on throwing the barrel into my friends lathe and smoothing up the outside of it. After that I will have the barrel and action parkerized, sights removed and a decent scope put on it. If it is too much hassle, I do not mind leaving the small trim pieces on and just cleaning them up a little. What are your thoughts? Should I just leave them in place?
  2. desidog

    desidog Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you're going to be putting a lot of time, money, and effort into the gun.

    When you're done, you'll have more in it than it is worth.... something to consider.

    Those bolts have been in that stock for 60+ years...i'd leave them alone.
  3. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    I am not in the gun biz, and I don't care if a Mosin Nagant is worth nothing after I work on it. It is all just puttering around gee whiz projects.

    OK, I found a piece of a 91/30 stock I cut off years ago.
    Oi, does it stink up my desk!

    I took off two of the pieces you are asking about.
    The tip unscrews in seconds.

    The other piece took me a while to get off.
    I used a tiny screw driver and poked in from the opposite side and pried up the staple like prong bent into this part.
    I could make a better replacement part in minutes from stainless.

    Attached Files:

  4. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    I picked up a Mosin this last weekend, it to say the least was in terrible condition. The metal parts where the dog collar attaches on this one are mounted with screws but they will require a bit of work to get them out. I am concerning cutting the barrel down and reworking the stock quite a bit. Biggest thing is I'm not sure about how much of the barrel I want to remove, was giving thought of bring it to around 24" vs the 28" it has now and then crown the barrel.
  5. gb6491

    gb6491 Well-Known Member

    Here are a couple of cut down Mosins to give you a visual reference:
    My buddy cut down a Finn M39 he has to 23 inches and absolutely loves it.
    You can see photos of it here:

    My 91/59 with a 20.25" barrel. I'm very fond of it. It might be the best shooting of the 4 Mosins I own and it's certainly the fastest handling:)

    BTW - Clark, that was an excellent post you made.
  6. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    GB thanks for your input, the 20 1/4" barrel looks just right. I too many (can't believe I said that) rifles now but after picking up the Mosin and examining it I decided to something to it. I saw one stock that had a shock absorbing but plate that I liked, with custom cheek weld that looked to be adjustable also. If and when I finish it will post pic and hope the purist don't give me too much heck.
  7. Steve2md

    Steve2md Well-Known Member

    Damn. Now I have to buy another Mosin and tinker.....
  8. bainter1212

    bainter1212 Well-Known Member

    If you have the brass hardware, polish it up and leave it in place. That brass sure do look pertty.......
  9. Ive decided to leave the metal on the gun since some of it will be very tough to remove without snapping the wood in two. The front handguard pieces look impossible to remove. I will polish them up. I found out that Krud Kutter is supposed to work wonders on stripping the stock down. Refurbing a MN isnt about getting your money back out of it. Its more about building something that you can be proud of. I didn't build my reloading table because it was cheaper, but because I am proud of creating something. I may crown the barrel as well and cut it down. I really liked the way that one looked.
  10. bainter1212

    bainter1212 Well-Known Member

    I have cut and crowned several mosin barrels. Not nearly as hard or expensive as some might have you think.....the tools are out there and its not hard to do. Just pay attention and don't cut corners. I wouldn't mind at all seeing this gun when you're finished with it.....

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