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Custom Mosin Nagant, anyone?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mikebravo, Jan 29, 2012.

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  1. mikebravo

    mikebravo Member

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    OK, Big 5 seems to have an add in every Sunday paper selling old Mosin Nagants for about $100. This is just killing me. Does anyone have experience doing a home-made custom stock and action (Heck, it's so cheap, you could even do a new barrel...) on one of these? Are they decently reliable and accurate? I mean, the Russians used them for quite a while 'till the AK rolled around.
     
  2. Hunterdad

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    IMHO....they are what they are, a $100 rifle. They accuracy is minute of grapefruit in most cases. They do sell aftermarket stocks and there was a company making bull barrels for them. I've seen one all decked out do 1.5" at 100yds.

    I have an M44 in the safe and I bring it out maybe once a year to make loud noises with it.
     
  3. 303 hunter

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    Custom mosin nagant

    I have a Polish M44 with a custom bolt by The Bolt Man(google him),a Rock Solid scope mount, Nikon Prostaff scope, ATI stock,polished 2 stage trigger, and free floated barrel. All the work was done by me except for the bolt. I have about $375 invested in a rifle that shoots 1.5" groups.My Savage 110 in 308 shoots about the same , for the same money; but I put this rifle together. It makes for some great conversation at the range! If you can find one, buy a Polish rifle. They cost a bit more than the Russian ones, but the fit and finish are better.
     
  4. Tim the student

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    There is a guy on here trying to build a custom stock for a Mosin from scratch, IIRC. LJMosinBuck or something like that is his name.
     
  5. snakeman

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    just wait, you're about to be hammered with pictures. Or at least you should be! there's a lot of people messing around with these guns myself included.
     
  6. AT2

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    This thread just reminded me I need to pick up a 91/30 to beat the snot out of.
     
  7. jpwilly

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    Custom Mosin = Cost of decent base model bolt gun that can shoot 1" groups. The modern rifle with have better scope mounting options, bolt, trigger etc Why bother?
     
  8. Cal-gun Fan

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    Some people like to tinker! I imagine that building a mosin and putting some time into it would be a lot more rewarding than just buying a normal bolt gun.
     
  9. mikebravo

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    jpwilly: Because it would be soooo much more fun and rewarding to say "Hey guys, I built this gun!" as opposed to "Hey, look what I picked up last week". So, mostly personal preference.
     
  10. 35 Whelen

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    You mean like this?:

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    ...or this?:

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    I wanted to do something other than the ol' "low bolt handle, high scope, crazy looking thumbhole stock, pseudo-sniper" thing.

    I even came up with a 2¢, No Creep, Adjustable Mosin Trigger that's become a Sticky over on the Surplus Rifle Forum.

    Fun projects and I learned alot. But what I eventually realized was that after all that work I still had a clunky, outdated action chambered for a cartridge with a giant rim that was difficult to load in the single stack magazine.
    If you can accept those facts and a few more, there's lots of fun to be had for not much money.

    35W
     
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  11. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Yeah, I'm working on some custom stocks for the mosin nagant. I'm currently working on a stock stylized after the SV-98. I'll post a link to the thread here in a bit, unless someone does it for me.
     
  12. kozak6

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    The Mosin Nagant isn't the best rifle to sporterize. It's a clumsy clunky rifle with an awkward safety. It's a little tricky to mount a scope on. A lot of them have dark and pitted bores from corrosive ammo, which may result in less accuracy than you'd like. The stocks often have so much oil in them it's difficult for me not to make a political joke.

    If you want to tinker just for the heck of it, you might as well. Just make sure you check all the markings first, as some of them are collectible.

    If you plan on spending a lot of money on it, you would get better results by purchasing a more modern rifle.

    If you want to sporterize, you'd be better off with a Mauser.
     
  13. Clipper

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    I have a 91/30 I shortened and recrowned myself to 22", mounted in an ATI stock that I shortened by 1/2" for the new 1" Pachmeyer redline pad. I mounted a Williams FP K-98 peep sight on the receiver ring, and a hooded white bead front. Mounted a Remington 700 bolt handle and I have a 1.5 MOA rifle that I have about $225.00 into that I did myself.

    My next project will be a 91/30 shortened to 19", in a Richards full length stock, butterknife bolt handle, with a quarter rib and three leaf express sights. The best part though, is I'm having the barrel rebored and chambered in .348win rimless. I expect to have about a grand into it, but who cares? It'll be the coolest Mosin in the woods, and I'd rather have that than any cookie-cutter production rifle...
     
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    I'm amazed a collector hasn't had a conniption in response to this thread yet. :neener:
     
  15. 303tom

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    I wasn`t going too but, if they are done right they can look damn nice, but I would be ashamed to show some of the stuff some people do. I am not a collector but I did have a few ONCE traded them for a TRUCK. Here is a picture of what I used to have & the truck I now have.
     
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  16. MtnCreek

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    Good Trade!
     
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    I'd like to do a .410 M/N at some point...when i run into a suitable barrel without getting one custom made.
     
  18. hang fire

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    This is a pre-bubbarized Tula I picked up for 25 bucks, scout scoped it, made up the riser cheek piece and a wally world slip on recoil pad.

    Don't have a bragging target, but with a HC GC 170 grain cast boolit sized to .316", it will easily print 1" three shot groups at 100 yds.

    This is as close to customizing a MN as I will ever get.

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    I have no qualms about sporterizing a military rifle - but I'm not a collector. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that a person can buy a run of the mill MN for $100, spend several hundred dollars on stock, scope mount, accessories, etc. It may be the way you like it when you're done, but it's still a $150-$200 gun.
     
  20. Gordon_Freeman

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    Go ahead and destroy those mosins. That will make mine a lot more valuable.
     
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    I always wonder how much thought someone will put into parting with $100 - like it's their last purchase in the world - for a rifle...

    Folks will drop $100 on a nice meal, a sporting event ticket, a monthly cell phone bill, a night out drinking, a pair of shoes (to add to the other million shoes they have) but debate and debate and debate the merits of a rifle..

    In a $100 MN, look what you get... REAL war history in a funtioning, high powered rifle that shoots inexpensive ammo... What's not to like.... Sure, it's not 1 MOA like some new rifles at 5 times the cost... but keep in mind these MNs are around 80 years old... WHAT ELSE can you buy for $100 thats 80 years old that works or is relevant??

    These MNs make GREAT gifts for friends and relatives too!
     
  22. elephant_man

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    I'm sure it's skyrocketing into the high $70's now :p
     
  23. grendelbane

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    Notice! No collectible M-N's were harmed in the making of this motion picture.

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    It was sportsterized, probably when I was still in elementary school. I thought I might improve its looks, surely couldn't hurt it. I removed the old shellac finish with lacquer thinner and applied Duplicolor spray truck bed liner, and then a little artully applied Krylon. People with young eyes can actually get a decent group out of it.

    I like the rifles, but hate the sights. Why Russia never discovered the advantages of the peep sight, I don't understand.
     
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    Mosin with a cracked stock

    My last shipment of Mosins has included at least one with a badly cracked stock.

    I'd be happy to sell someone the "metal bits" for $75 shipped to their favorite FFL for their Mosin Project rifle.

    Brett
     
  25. 72coupe

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    How about this one. I got it from a guy in Vietnam for only 20 rounds of 5.56. It has a custom tropical wood stock with some bodaciuos checks and because the chamber was pitted so badly it is now chambered in 308 Norma Mag.
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