Mounting a red dot scope on my Mosin Nagant.

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Rick1967, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a set of weaver mounts for a 3/8 dovetail. If you knock out the pins the rear sight can be gently tapped forward with a plastic mallet. The dove tail underneath works great for 3/8 mounts. I have seen mounts that people get to mount on top of the rear sight base. But this seems much stonger to me. I was able to simply mount my scope right on top. I have also put a pistol style scope on the same way. DSC00405.jpg

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  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Beats drilling and tapping for a mount.
     

  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Yea. I just threw it together with the red dot because I already had it. I took it to the range today just to try it out. It works pretty well. But I want to put something with some magnification on it. I will be looking at pistol scopes. I would like something variable. Any suggestions? Obviously I am not going to put a $300 scope on a $99 rifle.
     
  4. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Check opticsplanet.com. maybe a bsa red dot or something.
     
  5. gandog56

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    Been there....done it. Good for faster target acquisition.

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  6. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    It is quick to get on target. But I want to take advantage of the power of this round. I can shoot nice groups at 100 yards. I want something magnified to get out to say 300 or 400 yards. Just want to see what it will do. I was able to hit a gong at 500 yards with iron sights on this rifle. I dont expect it to be a tack driver. But I still want to see anyway.
     
  7. marlin-owner

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    i am not bashing in any way so please everyone dont take this as hostile in any way... please. i dont get why people customize historical surplus rifles in any way. is it just taste? although your rifles are not too intense, i have seen some radical j-rigged mosins out there. but why would one do this to a part of history? i dont understand... this was not hostile in any way. i just dont get it... i apologize if anyone took it the wrong way. it was intended nicely. used to have 3 of them and i would never think of such a thing to do to them. there was alot of them made but they are not being made anymore. am i respecting history too much? when i watch the military channel and see soviets assembling mosins on the assembly lines in black and white i would hate to change the things there hands have done. i am completely against communism but its still history and mosins will run out one day and will most likely cost thousands to own one that has not been radically modified in some way.
     
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  8. Garadex

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    I never have done or will do an irreversible mod to a piece of history, although I will do mods that can be reverted back. I think that people do it to make it theirs instead of like all the other millions of them.
     
  9. TheOldMan

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    I agree and have no issues with you performing this mod. I myself have close to a dozen Mosin rifles in my collection. You may find this rather ridiculous but the scope I chose to mount on my 91/30 was a Leupold 2X20 long eye relief scope I originally had mounted on my S&W 500 :). I removed the rear sight as you did and used high mount rimfire rings. Very nice and solid.

    For the purists out there let me say this: The world may never see the supply of mosins dry up because there were so many of them made. The only way we might see this happen is if the ATI treaty with the UN gets ratified with the US. Personnaly I don't see a problem modifying these rifles in the way Garadex and I have and as he mentioned, it can always be reversed back to original..
     
  10. Wiseman3

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    I would say its because they're cheap and plentiful. if they become rare then you'll see people not sporterizing them but most people I know have multiples and only one or two of the worse ones were messed with
     
  11. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have not done anything that can not be undone. I also have a Russian SKS with a Tapco stock and all the accessories. But I still have all the original stuff to go back on if I ever wanted to.

    It is also important to remember that the Mosin Nagant can be purchased for under $100. If someone wanted to do some home gunsmithing just to "get their feet wet" I would think this would be an ideal gun to play with.
     
  12. sarg1c

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    Here's how I did mine, but you would'nt want to do this to yours. Mine was not as pretty and would never be worth anything .

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  13. sarg1c

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    I agree Rick, I bought one just to play with. Not worth anything, never will be. Look at my post on down the page...
     
  14. sarg1c

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    well I gave $70.00 just to play with. Had I wanted to collect or keep, I would not had done what I did. BUT I have enjoyed playing and when I get done I'll have a million dollars worth of fun....
     
  15. Garadex

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    Is the scope mounted on the bolt?
     
  16. jjfuller1

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    How is there enough space for the bolt? Scope Looks to far back.
     
  17. sarg1c

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    First: Gardex the scope is not on the bolt. The scope swings to the left like they used to do with tope eject rifles or to use the sights if needed. This is mostly shot from bench, so no hurry.

    Now jjfuller1, the bolt handle has plenty of room.I could take a better pic afterwhile. Believe me, had the rifle been worth something, I would have kept it as is.
     
  18. Garadex

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    Thanks for that. It looks pretty sweet by the way.
     
  19. thdrduck

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    I put a scope on mine (eyes don't do open sites very well anymore). It worked out well because my youngest is a "purist" and the Mosin I got him was missing the front sight but other wise in great shape. Knocked the sight off mine, put on his and two happy Mosin owners. I wouldn't hesitate to take a shot at a whitetail out to 250 yards. Best $69 I ever spent.
     
  20. drboompa

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    As one gets older his eyes are not as sharp as before. At my age I need all the help I can get just to see the target. Optics seem to be the only way for me. I have an assorted collection of mil-surps (15) all in original condition but am considering optics on some of them for tired, old eyes. If you can't see it, you can't hit it! :D