I was given a Mosin Nagant 7.62x54R. It was in a garage in a case and got water on it and got rusted. I scrubbed off most of the rust then looked inside the barrel. It is quite "fuzzy" inside the barrel. I scrubbed it a little too but then wised up. I came to the conclusion that I am not comfortable shooting this rifle and am not willing to put any more work into it, let alone any money. So, what should I do with it? All the pieces and parts are functional including the stock, sling, trigger, sights and bayonet. Is there a market for Nagant guts? Can the barrel be salvaged? Maybe some preper cult? My inclination is to put it 1000 feet into salt water this spring.
On a side note. This project has opened my eyes to WWII era rifles. I can see why the Nagant was such a work horse for the Russian Army. It is simple and cheap and can be produced in the gazillions. The trigger mechanism is as sophisticated as a BB gun. I bet this gun would go boom and shoot as accurate as it does pretty much no matter what. Still, not worth risking it in my book.