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Old November 3, 2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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M44 Modification

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?
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Old November 3, 2010, 05:09 PM   #2
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M44

As flip as it sounds, trade it to someone with an M38 who wants an M44. The M38 is going for around $150 - $185 on Gun Broker (just bought my third) on a good day. You could also try having a gunsmith swap barrels. Numrich has stripped "fair condition" M38 barrels for $30.

My best solution would be to sell the M44 and pick up one of Classic Arms really inexpensive ($69 - $79) strike-through Nagant 91/30 rifles and sporterize that one. They're in relatively good shape out of the box and you get a slightly longer barrel with that model.

I wouldn't attempt to grind down the bayonet lug to the outside barrel wall. I'd probably leave about 1mm of material encircling the barrel instead --just for shots and giggles.

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Old November 9, 2010, 12:01 AM   #3
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What's wrong with the bayonette? I think it's cool!
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Old November 9, 2010, 12:35 AM   #4
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M44's were designed to be used with the bayonet not only on the gun, but with it extended. If you cut the bayonet off, you may notice the sights won't quite be at point of impact any more...........I know it sounds like a load of bull......but its true.
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Old November 9, 2010, 12:39 AM   #5
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Not to mention that any alteration of a milsurp is a Sin of Bubbafication.
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Old November 9, 2010, 08:00 AM   #6
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...and if you tilt the rifle nose down and press the bayonet release, 9 times out of 10 the bayonet will drop and snap into place on its own. Chics dig it.
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Old November 21, 2010, 01:58 AM   #7
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If "Bubbafication" is a sin I don't want to be saved.
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Old November 21, 2010, 08:44 AM   #8
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We sometimes forget that we are individuals and often see a need to express that individuality in the things we own. Attention to detail and result is often the separation between that expression and a more simple "bubba with a hacksaw" approach.
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Old November 21, 2010, 11:57 AM   #9
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We sometimes forget that we are individuals and often see a need to express that individuality in the things we own. Attention to detail and result is often the separation between that expression and a more simple "bubba with a hacksaw" approach.
how deeply insightful...
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Old November 21, 2010, 12:12 PM   #10
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Sorry, I hadn't had my chocolate milk yet...
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Old November 24, 2010, 01:49 AM   #11
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If someone does not want me to modify some of the 100,000,000 surplus rifles, then then can come over to my house with a million dollars and buy all the old junk to protect it.

Otherwise... it is none of their business.
There is a web site where they don't allow sporterizing posts, and it is BORING.
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Old November 24, 2010, 08:30 AM   #12
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Hey! Don't touch my junk!
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