My mother bought me a M44 Mosin Nagant a while back maybe 5 years ago. Well I wanted the one without the bayonette attached so I stuffed it in the safe and havent dealt with it. Well I wanted to try some gunsmithing and I figured that would be a good gun to start with. What I wanted to do is float the barrel and get rid of the ugly bayonette. The floating I know how to do but is taking off the bayonette and filing down the bracket the same size all the way around safe? And what other things could I do to make this into a great shooter?