Hello, new here - I just picked up a very affordable 1943r 91/30 from my local pawn shop. I'm a senior citizen on a somewhat limited budget - so I didn't really have an option to pick & choose given current prices. I'd been wanting a Mosin for quite some time -So I took a chance on this one in an ATI monte-carlo stock, with the ATI downturn bolt amputation, with a scope mount with 2 screws in the top of the rifles
receiver + a foot long scope cantilevered over the bolt. BUBBA WAS HERE ALRIGHT. I was disappointed with the 2 tapped holes in the top of the receiver - at least they are straight. I believe with a 'long eye relief" short scope - I can cut down the formerly cantilevered mount - to a more sensible practical size. I'm getting ready to drill & tap the bolt for a neatly folded rod handle with a tear drop handle.
Now the good news - I've learned from my research that my 1943 91/30 has a barrel originally made for a SNIPER RIFLE - it has the circle with facing "C"s stamp on the right side of the receiver - but it is on a standard infantry receiver. I've seen these called "accuracy rifles" - It also seems like the Rifling is more intense than other rifles I've had experience with - is that so ??
I may seem like SUPER BUBBA now - but I'm NOT going to put it in an expensive original wooden stock. At 74 years of age I just want to enjoy shooting it - not collecting. I think I will enjoy an Archangel stock. The Mosin will be a companion to my 2019 Romanian CUGIR built PSL Rifle. I know collectors may cringe - but I do feel pleased to have rescued this under appreciated rifle - & will take much better care of it than the previous owner. I intend only to improve its performance & enjoy it.
I have already paid for some improvements - by selling the ATI stock & bolt kit on Ebay.