Ok so I am well into the Mosin Nagant project my buddy ahs asked me to do for him. He is deployed right now and gets back mid-April, so I had to hurry on this.
First I wen't rifle shopping. After looking for awhile I found 2 Mosin's at a local pawn shop, an M44 and 91/30. I like the carbines, but this 91/30 was a hex receiver and was dated 1924. I thought the 91/30s didn't start until 1930, so do I have a Dragoon?
I ended up buying the "long one" for $108 out the door and took it home. NO I DID NOT CHOP THIS RIFLE LOL! Instead I switched it for my own 91/30 dated 1939, which was a clean shooter and good for a project gun.
First thing I did was pull the receiver and stripped it. Then I chopped some 5 inches off the barrel, it is now at just over 23 inches from bolt face. I would have liked to have it re-crowned, but with everything else I ordered I was coming close to the budget I was on. I measured the cut with a stock cutter, made the cut with a hacksaw and measured/filed/,measured/filed until I had a good square muzzle. Then I slightly tapered the inside with the round head of a flat-tip bolt (Midway trick I learned on the internet) and tapered the outside with a file. Once complete I plan on test firing and if I don't like the accuract I will turn it in for crowning.
After this was done I undid the rear leaf site and tapped the mount from the barrel. This was a REAL PITA. The rear site mount was soldered on and I didn't have any gas for my torch. It took awhile but pounded of. If you plan on doing this I suggest using heat. Ince off I grinded the flanges on the barrel, welded the pin holes closed and smoothed it all out. Then the whole receiver got a rub down in preparation for paint. First wire wheel, then rough sndpaper, then 600 grit.
Tonight the down-turned bolt handle kit and scope mount should arrive. Not worried drilling and tapping for the scope mount, but the handle has me worried as I have read mixed reviews. I am going to try and bolt it on, but if it turns out crappy I am just going to weld it.
Then the receiver goes into paint. I have a guy close who quoted me 150-200 for duracoating, but a buddy here (GreatGuns) tuened me on to a guy in Kansas City who does Gun Koating. Gonna call him today. The first guy I found does a cool kind of "stainless" coating with clearcoat on top that looks nice. That is kind of what I am looking for.
Also have the ATI Mosin stock on the way, but managed to find the camoflauged one by Mossy Oak. I plan to finish the rifle off with a swivel mounted bipod, Bushnell 3-9 x30 scope and nice sling.
I will post pics tonight. Thoughts? Suggestions?