It All Started With The Covid Lockdown

Jim Taylor
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Friday, September 16, 2022, 17:46 (20 days ago)

No one was going anyplace or doing anything and I was getting bored and wanted to work on something. In desperation I dug out an old Mosin Nagant that a long-departed friend had given me. I had shot it enough to know that the barrel was pretty well gone. But it was something I could mess with!

I started by removing the bayonet and cutting the lugs off the barrel. Then I polished the barrel until it didn't look like it formerly had a bayonet. I took the wood off the top of the gun and tried shooting it. The first few shots at 50 yards went close to where I was aiming. After the barrel warmed up it began walking the shots all over the paper.

The barrel after I removed the bayonet and lugs. I turned it down and polished it.
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I figured the barrel was resting on the stock and thought that may contribute to the barrel doing a walk-about. So I relieved the stock and floated the barrel. And it did not help. So I cut off the end of the barrel figuring the rifling in the forward part of the bore potentially was worst. I shortened the forend. And I cut a dovetail in the barrel and mounted white bead front sight by Marbles.

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After than the gun shot some better. It was not a real accurate rifle but it would do. However I had a real problem with the rear sight. It was mounted on the barrel ahead of the receiver, which in the Mosin is very long. The sight radius was only 13" ... way too close together for my old eyes.

I messed around and finally gave up on it and put it away. I could not figure out how to mount a peep sight on the gun without bending the bolt handle. And this thing was not worth putting that kind of money in. So I left it. For about a year and a half.

Then in August of this year I was thinking about it, wondering how a person could mount a peep sight on it. And I had a thought. Why not ask God? So I said out loud, "Papa, how would you mount a peep sight on the Mosin?" and immediately the thought popped in my mind, "On the cocking handle."

I wondered, "Would that work?" So I dug out the rifle and took it to the shop. I got out my calipers and straight edge and began measuring and by golly it would work!

Now I am NOT saying I heard the voice of God. All I am saying is that I asked and immediately the idea came to me. You can attribute that to whatever you wish.

So I went to work and made a blank rear sight. I also milled off part of the bolt so the sight would sit on it OK.

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Once I had the sight made and fitted I drilled the bolt hole through the cocking piece, then clamped the sight onto it and drilled the bolt hole through the sight. Then I drilled the sight hole where my straight edge said the 50 yard mark should be. The mounting bolt hole in the sight is slotted so the sight can be adjusted for elevation.

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The first shots I fired were at 25 yards and showed me I was really close. I adjusted the windage on the front sight and got it hitting center, then I moved to the 50 yard range and started shooting. The target below was fired after I had run 25 rounds or so downrange. The barrel was hot but it did not walk the shot.

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I don't think it will ever be really super accurate, but it will shoot minute of Whitetail. I need to work up some loads with some different bullets and see what it will do. But I am tickled for now!

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I am pretty sure you are WB's father.

Gary Reeder
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Friday, September 16, 2022, 17:59 (20 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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:)

Jim Taylor
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Friday, September 16, 2022, 18:09 (20 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

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I have 2 Dremel Tools now .. gonna be a gunsmith!

Jim Taylor
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Friday, September 16, 2022, 19:11 (19 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

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Gotta hammer? Have to have one ( big one)

Gary Reeder
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Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10:38 (19 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

to be a good gunsmith.

Sure do ... not so big though ..

Jim Taylor
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Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10:40 (19 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

My horse-shoeing hammer. Years ago I sent a gun to John Linebaugh for him to work on. I had done some work on it myself. He suggested I might oughta stick to horse-shoeing.

:-)

horses can be picky. They don't like to wear just any

Gary Reeder
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Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10:49 (19 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

old shoe. They want the latest in fashion and they want colors to coordinate with their mane and tail.

I thought maybe his brother, but at your

Gary Reeder
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Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10:39 (19 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

"advanced age" it has to be his father.

Someone obviously has too much time on their hands...

jammeter
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Friday, September 16, 2022, 21:05 (19 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

Jim either is the most dedicated man to work on solving a problem or he's got a screw loose between his ears.

I, too, tend to fixate on solving issues with my guns but this really goes beyond what I'd do. But, I do have a really strong admiration for how he solved the issue of how to add a good sight to the rifle.

I have a friend who loves Mosin Nagants.

AkRay
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Saturday, September 17, 2022, 15:32 (19 days ago) @ jammeter

I think I'll show him a picture of Jim's sight upgrade. Thank, Jim!

I am sure a professional could make a nicer looking sight ..

Jim Taylor
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Saturday, September 17, 2022, 15:42 (19 days ago) @ AkRay

but I think the concept is sound. And it increased the sight radius on my gun from 13" to 23 3/4" which really helps.

The concept is very sound...

AmBraCol ⌂, The Center Of God's Grace
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Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 18:35 (15 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

I don't know why we don't see peep sights for the striker on bolt rifles anymore. They used to be reasonably common, but I guess everyone seems to think they have to have a scope now.

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