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My new Kentucky Karbine with pics

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by headoftheholler, Mar 25, 2012.

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  1. headoftheholler

    headoftheholler Member

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    I've always had an attraction / affliction with surplus rifles and the newest addition to my collection
    surprisingly shot so well with it's 20 inch barrell. I've been a huge fan of short carbines, ecspecially hunting here in
    the mountains. This one started life as a post WWII 1946 M44 Mosin Nagant carbine, and as typical of post war
    examples, metal finish is beautiful as is the mirror bright bore that was not counterbored. I initially had plans to put my
    1936 Tula barrelled action in an aftermarket stock but I shot the M44 from the bench at 75 yards using Silver bear FMJ and
    was rewarded with 1 inch groups with the stock iron sights. So, ordered a pepper laminated stock from Boyds for the M44.
    Price was very reasonable ($92) and fitment was perfect except for just a tad of wood I removed from the barrell channel to completly
    float the barrell. It's nice to have a good recoil pad and sling swivels now. And to beat all nothing is done to hurt the value of
    the rifle in it's origional configuration. I swapped in a Finnish trigger and sear, and after some hard work with some 2000 grit wet/dry
    sandpaper the bolt now opens with no effort from one finger. Up next is a S&K mount and EER scope and I will have an ideal holler rifle.
    Lets hear what you
    think of the pics:
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  2. GoF150xlt

    GoF150xlt Member

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    looks great

    That is REALLY great looking!
     
  3. Cal-gun Fan

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    That looks really good. I've been thinking of doing something similar (cutting down a 91/30 to do it), and that gives me some inspiration!
     
  4. tryshoot

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    I think it looks really good.
     
  5. gp911

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    I know Bubba. I've worked with Bubba. Bubba was a friend of mine.

    You sir, are no Bubba! Sweet gun, well done!
     
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    I like it too but would like it still more without the bayonet.
     
  7. conhntr

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    But with the bayonet he can gut the deer without getting his hands dirty!
     
  8. headoftheholler

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    The bayonet adds weight to the end of the rifle and actually helps me stabilize it a bit better when aiming, besides I've seen M44's with the boyonet removed and the stepped down barrel looks strange. I have considered a cut and crown on my '36 Tula barelled action I own. I put it in the Boyds stock but the 91/30 is just too long for my liking in a mountain rifle.
     
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    may have to remove the bayo. Some states only allow it if the gun is "Historical" and in historical condition and unaltered. Check with your state laws.
     
  10. Smokey Joe

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    Niiiice!

    Head of the Holler--Looks very nice. Good thing to do with a M-N carbine! Boyd's makes nice stuff. Smart of you to completely float the bbl.

    Which model of Boyd's stock is that?

    Anyhow, nice job. Agree w/G P 911--That's not Bubba-ing! :)
     
  11. DavidMS

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    Beautiful Rifle!

    That looks exactly like what I think a properly sporterized Mosin should look like!
     
  12. RandyHut

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    Sporter Mosin

    I like the Thumb Hole look and feel.

    Mosin with:

    5" off the barrel
    Threaded Muzzle brake (Really Helps Recoil)
    Thumb Hole Stock
    Scope Mount with Reworked
    4 x 16 Scope
     
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  14. Smokey Joe

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    Agreed...

    Head of the Holler--It's YOUR rifle; YOU are the one to say what's 'right" for it. But FWIW, I agree with you: The "classic" rifle stock looks just fine, and the thumbhole stock would be overdoing it.

    I've used a couple of Boyd's stocks myself, and a few friends have, and the results have always been good.

    Big fan, here, of Boyd's Stocks!!
     
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    That rifle looks great, and it's a shooter too! Awesome !!
    I love them Boyd's stocks , I have two of them.
     
  16. GI_Jared

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    That look's awesome! Kind of reminds me of the new ruger gunsite scout bolt rifle, but without the $900 price tag. I think I may be inspired to buy another Mosin, to do a similar build.
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  17. WardenWolf

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    Sweet rifle, headoftheholler. It's surprisingly hard to find an M44 with a good barrel. Full-size 91/30's with good barrels are common, but the M44's seem to all be either badly pitted / corroded or simply shot out. I saw one in the latter condition at a gun show a few years ago. The rifling was literally rounded off. No sharpness to it whatsoever. You're also lucky that yours shoots true to point of aim with the bayonet folded. Many M44's were originally sighted with the bayonet fixed, and thus tend to shoot off-center with it folded.
     
  18. headoftheholler

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    The Gunsite scout rifle was somewhat of an inspiration but I wasnt about to give that much for a carbine. Up next is a S&K mount then an EER scope.
     
  19. Voland

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    You wouldn't have weighed it would you? I'm curious to see how heavy that sucker is...

    Thanks!

    V
     
  20. headoftheholler

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    7.54 pounds.
     
  21. horsemen61

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    very cool
     
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