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Old December 21, 2013, 10:33 AM   #151
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Yeah all cosmo gone, cleaned up,hand guard, and Finn sling installed. This Mosin was also a Finn capture.

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Old December 22, 2013, 11:00 AM   #152
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New to Mosin

I had been thinking about buying an antique rifle for a wall hanger to put over my reloading bench. Then I saw a crate of these at a tiny local store about 6 weeks ago. I ran home and punched in "What to look for in a Mosin Nagant" then ran back to the store. Yep, one hex in the crate. That's all I knew. It took a couple days to fully discover what I had.
1933 Izhevsk M91/30. MO 1933/50. Red Letter. All numbers matching, even the bayonet. In excellent condition except the stock as is usual for a rearsenaled rifle.

I pulled all the metal apart and boiled out the cosmoline, re-lubed the gun, checked for danger then headed for the desert. Just so you know, I clocked the 147gr misurp rounds at a modest 2750 fps.










Now I love things of beauty and I can see things of beauty in old guns. When I started this quest I had imagined an old western lever action with half the bluing gone and great ware and petina in the stock as my wall hanger. This would have been perfect with the Mosin as well but the more I looked at the slopped on varnish oozing with cosmoline the more I couldn't accept it. 'How to clean this gun up and maintain my appreciation for things antique? Buy a discarded stock off ebay. Yeah!!!'

Two weeks later I both finished the "new" stock and the M44 arrived. Now the M44 is apart and its second stock is drying. Here they are at that point in time...





Even though the original stocks are off the rifle and carbine, I still wanted to preserve the markings in the incorrect stocks so all I did with these new-used stocks is strip them and use 0000 steel wool on them so they are light and dark as they were before refinishing. I didn't try to correct for that. And with multiple coats of tung oil I am less afraid to take them out and bang them around in the desert.

I'll have more pictures when the carbine is finished. I would have those pictures today but when I discovered I could buy new-used stocks for these guns I also discovered I could buy new seer springs, bolt springs and trigger kits so the carbine remains apart on my bench while I wait for these things to arrive. I'm saving all the original parts and using the newly refinished stocks and new-used parts to make these rifles real shooters while preserving all the history of these rifles. These rifles may end up on a wall but they will also go to the desert or the range regularly and see alot of action.
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Old December 22, 2013, 11:37 AM   #153
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Looks like an older rifle with an even older set of shooting sticks vtxmauser
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Old December 22, 2013, 02:56 PM   #154
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looks good for its age. hows its handling ?
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Old December 22, 2013, 08:53 PM   #155
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I gotta get a mosin but the two nearest LGS in my area have them for 200 bucks I keep talking myself out of buying one but its gets harder every time I see one
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Old December 22, 2013, 11:18 PM   #156
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My LGSs too. It wouldn't be so bad if the uniformed wouldn't buy them at that price. So they will only go up from here.
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Old January 11, 2014, 12:08 PM   #157
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yep, but on bright side our mosins get worth more
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Old January 11, 2014, 04:54 PM   #158
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http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ional+Arms+Inc.

$143, shipped.
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Old January 13, 2014, 01:16 PM   #159
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good price
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Old January 29, 2014, 07:22 PM   #160
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Old January 30, 2014, 02:02 PM   #161
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clean
but i wonder if you say something along the lines of " i just 'a door' them"
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Old February 5, 2014, 07:55 PM   #162
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Old February 5, 2014, 09:35 PM   #163
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Pretty! Cool picture
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