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turbo1889
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Posted: March 13 2018 at 1:02am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Sport-erized Mosin marked way down on clearance sale
at a local pawn shop. 1942 production so heat of the
war so she was probably never that tight to begin with
and her bore is a little rough. But the numbers
match.











Added the rubber shock absorber to cover up the
missing butt plate for now.







First couple shots were
fired with a length of string on the trigger just
because the price was so low it made me wonder but not
problems with full power test loads so I took it up
with me on my little nature hike in the evening and
shot it some. I can hit the stumps I'm aiming at but
couldn't tell much more then that until I get her on
paper with different loads.


Reason for editing - finally got the darn
pictures to work but took quite a few tries !!!


Edited by turbo1889 on March 13 2018 at 1:44am


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Posted: March 13 2018 at 5:09am | IP Logged Quote M700

I've never messed with those rifles.

Interesting old gun, for $50 too!

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Nice one.
so ugly it's cute!
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Posted: March 13 2018 at 5:37pm | IP Logged Quote RECURVE

Years ago got one shipped to my house looked at that ugly
thing and did same thing you did with the string.Guy's at
work made fun of me but I'm 71 still got all my original
equipment damm good shooter
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Posted: March 13 2018 at 5:51pm | IP Logged Quote RECURVE

I also piked up 2 22lr this weekend Remington 511 and
Steven's model 15 Stevens OK but rem the bolt will come
all the way out when cycleing the action any ideas on fix
got both guns for 150 good buy both guns shoot great one
made in 1947 the other 1948 like the old 22s
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Posted: March 13 2018 at 8:07pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

The only gripe I'd have about such a rifle for knocking about would be that the safeties on Mosins are so difficult to manipulate.

I have an old Remington manufactured one someone sporterized similarly in probably the 20s or 30s. I'll need a new stock, the way they cut down the military stock just won't cut it, however, the bore is perfect and whoever sporterized it did a terrific trigger job on it. It ought to shoot great when I get to it, sure wish it was original though.

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I bought one just about like that short carbine for my Son for $35 probably 25 years ago. The muzzle crown was worn from years of someone using a steel cleaning rod from the muzzle end. I cut the front sight off making it about 20" and recrowned the muzzle. Cut the bolt handle off and drilled and taped a hole to mount a turned down bolt and drilled and taped two holes in what little receiver there is behind the barrel and mounted a scope. (bolt and scope mount come as a kit) Free floated and glass bedded the action in the old stock after I refinished it. The trigger was actually not all that bad, so I left it stock. Most have lots of creep.

Well, the bore was terrible. Looked like most of the rifling would come out with the first shot, but after cleaning it for a week I shot it a few times before attempting all the above work. It really surprised me with it's accuracy as the bore was just unpleasant to even look at.

Bore mic'd .312 so we used Sierra Spitzer .311 diameter 150 gr. flat base bullets for load work up. I Moly Coated the bullets and treated the bore as well to help reduce the copper fouling. It liked IMR 4320 fairly well and my Son killed about 8 deer with that ugly little carbine over the next 8-10 years. We still have it.

Now my M-28 Sako Finn reworked Mosin-Nagant with a .3085 Swiss (Sig) barrel is maybe a wee bit easier on the eyes, but not by much. I gave $50 for it around 30 years ago. Instead of the 28" barrel it now has just 25" and no dog ear front sight. I engineered a side mounted scope mount on the hex receiver that places the scope almost vertically over the bore. It mounts a 6x18 Burris and can regularly shoot less than 3/4" groups with good loads. I did have to put an after market trigger on this rifle as it had about a foot of creep. The only thing I farmed out on this project was the bolt handle. I had a gunsmith cut off the old bolt handle and mill a slot farther back in the receiver and weld on a turned down bolt handle.

They are ugly, but can really shoot, especially the Finn. Even as stock military rifles a Mosin in decent shape can shoot very well, but for no more than I had in these two I decided to make them home project guns. I am glad I did.

We carry these rifles with the bolt handle up instead of using the difficult safety. Much easier to just lower the bolt handle a bit to be ready to fire.



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Posted: March 17 2018 at 5:52am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Rugged, powerful, accurate enough for any reasonable rifle task and no worries about it getting scratched up. Definitely a place in the stable for a rifle like that.

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Posted: March 17 2018 at 1:20pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Pretty much how I had it figured when I
saw her and then the price tag on her.

I figured if she didn't blow up with full
power load with a string I would then
shoot her in her original chambering and
see how she did and if her bore was just
too far gone then I could make a red-neck
410 rifled barrel slug shotgun conversion
out of her which can be done with the
Mosins just like it can be done with the
Enfields one of which I have done in the
past.

Might be heresy to some but for others the
bolt system designed to use rimmed
cartridges offers some options not
available normally in a bolt gun 45-colt,
454-Casull, 444-Marlin, etc. . . they have
been done on the Mosin action.

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Posted: March 23 2018 at 1:42pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

$50 these days is steal! Well done.

My brother has one similarly modified. I suppose it was a trend. At any rate, he truly enjoys shooting it, especially the noise and low light fireballs. His is accurate enough to hunt with at out to 150 yards or so. It may well be accurate past that point, but that's the farthest he's had occasion to shoot it.

Sierra and Hornady make very good bullets for reloading in this caliber.

Happy Shooting

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Nice find
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