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ManInBlack83 04-29-2011 05:33 PM

Mosin Nagant 91/30 Project
I'm going to start this thread and update with pics as I go. About three weeks ago I picked up a 91/30 from my local FFL. I wasn't really looking to buy one, but he's done a lot of transfers for me so I wanted to throw a little business his way to say thanks.

Here are the "before" pics:

Here's the plan:

-Boyds Pepper Laminate Sporter stock
-Devcon 10110 for three point bedding
-Scope base, hex action screws, aluminum pillars, and bent bolt handle body from
Rock Solid Industries
-Pachmayr Decelerator Recoil Pad
-Leupold PRW steel rings
-Leupold VX-II 3-9x40mm

Reasons why I'm doing this:

-Rifle has a great bore, shiny with crisp rifling. Could pass for brand new.
- Just had ankle surgery and am bored out of my mind. I'm going to be laid up for about 6-7 weeks with my right leg in a cast.

Wish me luck, I will update thread as I go. Can't do much until stock arrives from Boyds. I ordered it 4/25 and there's a max lead time of six weeks.

dunerunner 04-29-2011 05:41 PM

Sounds like a great project, I can't wait to follow your progress. I hope the ankle heals quickly.

stalkingbear 04-29-2011 08:36 PM

Looks like you've found a great way to pass the time while your ankle heals. You'll have a good shooter when you get done too. Gook luck on the healing.

dog2000tj 04-29-2011 08:57 PM

Who does your nails? ;)

Nice little project you got there, looking forward to hearing more about it :)

TXWolf23 05-03-2011 12:11 AM

Back during the time of WW2, the Russians made loads of these rifles, more than any other country that fought in the war. The reason for this is because of their tactics for war, which also caused them to have more casualties than the Axis Powers.

The point of this notion is that this rifle can be found more easily than any other rifle from that era, and since there easy to find, the price on them is pretty low as well. I'd like to get this rifle myself, add a scope on it, and use it for future hunting. However there's only one thing I'd like to know. What type of ammunition was used for this gun? And can it be found in the US?

ManInBlack83 05-03-2011 06:15 AM

The caliber is 7.62x54R, "R" standing for rimmed. It packs a little bit more punch than the .308 Win or 7.62x51. Surplus ammunition is plentiful and cheap, but corrosive and not terribly accurate. Not a big deal if you have good cleaning habits and are lookin to just plink. I got 880 rounds in sealed spam cans for 150.00.

Brown Bear, Silver Bear, Wolf, Federal, Remington, Tulammo and Ulyanovsk make some that is non-corrosive. Those are just off the top of my head.

wmille01 05-03-2011 07:13 AM

Nice nails btw, the best thing about the rifle is it's so simple you can almost fix them in the field (exp major things).

ManInBlack83 05-03-2011 08:56 AM


Originally Posted by wmille01 (Post 497556)
Nice nails btw, the best thing about the rifle is it's so simple you can almost fix them in the field (exp major things).

I'll be sure to thank my lovely assistant and relay the compliments.

That is the first thing you notice about the Nagant, the simplicity and very few parts. Between the price and the simplicity, if your looking for a good project piece this is it.

Even the bolt design allows you to adjust the amount the firing pin protrudes. I assume this is to adjust for wear. It truly is a fine example of a combat piece.
This however could be an issue for all the Elmer Fudds out there that have no idea what they're doing. Not enough and you will get light or no contact with the primer. Too much.....primer gets pierced and you get a face full of gas. BE SURE TO USE THE TOOL THAT COMES WITH THE RIFLE WHEN YOU REASSEMBLE THE BOLT.

Hopefully I get the new stock sooner than later, I'm dying to get started.

Twnorman 05-29-2011 03:56 PM

what year was it built? anything before 1945 i wouldn't put that much work into it...i have a 42, and it's in such a great shape that i wouldn't dream of touching it. cheers

Boyerracing343 05-30-2011 02:35 AM

Sounds like a great build. Looking forward to seeing more photos.

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