Over that last 2 years I have grown fond of building my own rifles to meet my own specs. I am fond of Mausers and now have all kinds of Mausers in all ranges of calibers and stock configurations. As soon as one rifle is complete, I'm dreaming up the next one and begin the constant search of the next "must have" caliber. Alas! I'm set for calibers from 17 Fireball to 470 Capstick and of course, I still need a .50 cal something, or my arsenal will just not be complete. But that's a different subject for later...
Here's the meat and potatoes of the whole topic:
I want to know if anyone has tried, or has experience customizing a Mosin Nagant?
I'm thinking of taking a basic $59.00 special Nagant 91/30 or a carbine variant in good working order and turning it into a compact (and the almost impossible task of making it cute) little carry-all rifle. I need not another custom mil-sup rifle, but It's the same draw a climber has to the mountain face... "can it be done?" My goal is to try and get this "last-of-the-cheap" rifle article published if the prototype turns out nice, as currently there are a limited amount of aftermarket parts available and of those parts, none are really that exciting.
Currently one can re-stock and mount a scope to the basic military design. That changes an ugly rifle into an ugly rifle with a plastic stock and a scope.
Now, the current caliber 7.62x54R is a good hunting round and is very cheap to shoot. It's been around over a hundred and some odd years and is still used today on active duty somewhere in the world, but again "customize" is the key word here so we want to change out the barrel.
NOW for the rifle itself:
barrel length of 16 1/2 to 20" max
A Scout Rifle
This up's the price of optics, but this rifle is the perfect unit for the application.
A Mannlicher Stock
True, it's not for everybody, but for this rifle, to look good, it needs covered by lots of wood.
Now for the caliber. This is the toughest question...and why I have brought this matter to you for your consideration.
What would the perfect little caliber for a handy little grab-an-go bolt rifle to keep in the Truck or leave in the boat just for GP?
Since the 7.62x54R Russian is a Rimmed cartridge. This may require the bolt face to be reworked, or use a cartridge with a similar profile.
The 45-70 comes to mind, but that's been done by Gibbs with a MK IV Enfield.
the 30-30 comes to mind, but why spend the time re-barreling from a 30 Russian?
Pistol cartridges are a great idea! Like 45 Long Colts?
I want to stray away from wildcats. I like them very much, but the focus of this project is an inexpensive rifle using over-the-counter ammo.
SO what caliber would be nice for a little 100 yd Hunter, plinker, sport rifle to carry about just for General Purpose cheap-short-fun-little-gun?
A Ruger M77 SA Frontier Rifle In Stainless, forward mount scout scope w/Ruger International stock 18in Barrel, .375JDJ would be my choice, so I'm looking to model this mil-sup project in this image, of course without the the Custom Shop price tag.