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PostSubject: new(old) M44 added to the family   Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:11 am

got my M44 last night and love it
I like the size of this the 91/30 was so long it felt awkward
this feels so much better I can see why the Russians changed it

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its got some damage on the underside of the stock but I can find no rust so nothing I can't handle
I want to research it a little before I do anything to this just want to make sure its not something special

not really going to do much to it I want it to just be a fun shooter my plans for it are
slugging the barrel to see exactly what I have goin on here

I do want to refinish the stock going to strip off that old beat-up shellac
might steam out as much of the big dent as I can little touchup sanding
I don't want to sand off any of the markings but I do want to knock down the fraying areas
then just put a boiled linseed oil hand rubbed finish back on
also I need to bed the stock the fit currently is very sloppy

I got a rubber recoil pad for the butt stock and have been looking into the mercury recoil deals
from what I can find about them there very simple to use but do require drilling a hole up the end of the butt stock
then I believe the way to go is to bed the mercury cylinder into the hole to get it good and tight and keep recoil from
splitting the wood that's left (the hole needs to be like 9/16" to 7/8" depending on the model) so I'm trying to decide what
size cylinder and what weight cylinder also the exact angle it needs to be
parallel to the barrel would seem right but I have seen some talk and using a different angle
so wont be doing this until I understand it more

last thing is after dry firing it a few times I had forgot how bad that trigger is
my god that Timmy trigger has spoiled me this trigger covers 2 zip codes before it fires
it doesn't feel to bad just a really long pull before it breaks
so there might be a Timmy trigger in the future I haven't decided yet
not changing anything until I take her for a ride

thought I was going to be able to take it out this weekend but it needs a really good cleaning
not a lot of cozmoline but there is some so I need to go over it really well to make sure its clean
plus I need to load about 150 rounds of my new load 53.7g of H4350 with federal match primers
for my other Mosin and not sure I can get all this done by the weekend

also I think my hand loads I'll keep for my 91/30 because its setup for long distance
and my brass is fire formed for that rifle the whole idea of that rifle was long distance accuracy
this one is meant to be a fun shooter so mill spec ammo will be the ammo of choice for this one
with no scope there's no need for anything better

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my current Mosin Family
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PostSubject: Re: new(old) M44 added to the family   Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:02 pm

Cool, rifle. Are they same length as the Chinese T53? My 91/30 towers over the T53  rofl  If you do put in one of the mercury recoil unit, let me know how it works. Hard to think how something like that would work
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PostSubject: Re: new(old) M44 added to the family   Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:41 pm

I don't know anything about the T53 but
the M44 is 41 1/4" long tip to tail that includes a 1" rubber butt pad
my sporterized 91/30 is 45 1/2" long total and that's cutting 7 3/4" off the barrel down to 22"
then adding a witt mfg muzzle brake and a archangel stock

I haven't decided yet on the mercury recoil thing yet the rubber butt pad did a good
job I may not bother with it

was out shooting @ 400 yards with my 91/30 got some good video of vapor trails
going to stich together just the hits and post it to you tube when done
I'll post a link on my "Finally a day at the range without issues" thread in the range report above MOA area
tried shooting the M44 at the gongs but I couldn't even see that dam thing without a scope
think the neon green gong paint is still too close to the desert brush
only going to paint my gongs with white from now on

also if I do try the mercury thingy I'll report that too

oh and turns out the trigger wasn't that bad it is nice and smooth just a really long travel
not sure if I'll do anything with it or not
but have decided to refinish the stock just going to do the hand rubbed linseed oil finish
might need to stain it wont know until I strip off the old finish
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PostSubject: Re: new(old) M44 added to the family   Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:03 am

just an update
I'm not going to do the mercury recoil reducer the rubber butt pad is just fine
I don't feel a need to reduce recoil more then that

also I have refinished the stock
I stripped off the old red varnish and have been putting on a hand rubbed linseed oil finish
I thought I might need to stain it after stripping it the old finish was almost a red paint
I guess they did it that way to hide patches in the wood I found I have two and now that
you can see them I think they just add character
as I built up layers of linseed oil the wood has darken up so nicely I love the look of it now
I bedded the recoil lug and tang first then oiled the stock
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it shoots really nice and I'm getting used to the travel of the trigger
its not a bad trigger but the take-up is huge and compared to my 91/30 with the Timmy trigger
switching back and forth between rifles I find I have to be very careful cause the Timmy is so light

one thing I have found though I cant see for shit anymore and the iron sites are off a little
I can't hit the side of a barn with the dam thing working with it yesterday
it shoots high and to the left I just can't tell how accurate it is cause even at 50 yards the adjustment
I have to make is nothing but a guess

so I will be adding a scout scope and mount soon brass stacker makes a mount that only replaces
the pins on the rear mount so I don't have to change anything on the rifle and can put it back to stock
anytime

I'm looking at the UTG 3-9x32 Compact CQB Bug Buster AO RGB Scope
but haven't decided yet
will send update when I do it
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