Where last we left off (Click Here For Part One) we brought together all the components required to make the rifle operational. We installed the scope mount. We cut the barrel down. Now, we’re finishing it up with the stock. We’ll shoot it and then we’ll recalculate how much we actually spent on the project.
This Stock is the final component on this Mosin Nagant rifle and is the single product that led to the initiation of this project. Like Millions of Americans who have Mosin Nagant’s sitting around that they don’t fire regularly, this stock adds a bit of relevance to a rifle that was perhaps purchased for the mere fact that ‘Mosins are kinda cool, historic, and cheap to operate.
ProMag is a company that’s been around for awhile that makes any manner of accessories for firearms. From magazines to stocks, they make it all. And now they’ve taken on one of the most popular military surplus rifle’s currently in the US Market. They’ve created a stock that is versatile, has a adjustable cheek riser and length of pull. It is modern-looking, durable, and comfortable. Unpacking the stock from its shipping box, makes it seem as though you’ve just made an excellent decision. The stock is distinctive, heavier than expected and well thought out. The quality is excellent, craftsmanship is great, and all of this high quality synthetic stock comes in for only $199.
Initial installation took some lubrication and patience. Being the first time a rifle has been pushed into the stock, it was extremely tight, but some WD-40 into the bolt holes allowed the stock to be tightened on the initial instance.
NOTE: For all of you Traditionalists, you don’t have to cut your ‘Mosin up or drill any holes into it. You can keep your original stock and switch between the original and Archangel stock whenever you please.
How Did It Come Out? – Let’s Not Waste Time!
Great!!! Once, the business components of the barrel/receiver are combined with the stock, you have a rifle that looks, well, I’ll leave that to the eye-of-the-beholder. I personally like it although, I love the look of a stock Mosin Nagant. It definitely does not look like a Mosin Nagant anymore until you get a bit closer. With the barrel shortened, Proportions are far more natural, and modern. The rifle actually looks like it is “supposed” to be this way. Mosin’s normally look like they have a long barrel (because they do). But, with the Archangel stock, overall feel and ergonomics are great. The stock is adjustable, so you shouldn’t be stuck with a rifle that is not comfortable. The weight distribution is great. With the Center Of Gravity, moved right in front of the magazine well, you can actually hold the rifle up and aim with one hand (not that you would), but this is something, you’d NEVER be able to do with a stock Mosin.
How does it shoot? Spectacularly!
After firing off 40 rounds to sight it in (for the most part), my shoulder was healthy and NOT in pain. The Timney Trigger is so soft and predictable, you feel like you’re shooting some kind of modern rifle from Savage, Ruger, or Remington. I literally could’ve fired for another hour and been fine; which as you know, is not the case normally. This stock — its synthetic materials, and its built-in shoulder pad — absorb the recoil that would normally travel through the wooden stock, through the metal butt-plate, and into your shoulder.
Now, you’ve got a rifle that you’ll be proud of at the range. It actually collected a bunch of positive attention from passersby and from the range officials. And it has a bit of novelty to it. You’ll also be able to show people that it’s not only how much money you spend on a rifle, but what you spend it on that makes for a great project. You also get to fire a favorite rifle round, the 7.62X54 Rimmed (some call it “Russian”) round that has ballistics between a 30.06 and Winchester .308. But all for a quarter of the price to fire.
Total Build Costs
So Far with the Scope mount, Scope, Turned-down Bolt Handle, Scope Rings, and Timney Trigger we are at $464. When we minus the parts sold on eBay for $70 [for the original stock, sling, rear sight parts, trigger parts, and front sight, front sight tool, butt plate, rubber butt plate extension, and the deadly bayonet]. This brings the total output of money for this rifle at $394. Make it $438+$199 (Stock price) when you add in some “Harris-Style” bi-pod legs from Caldwell, purchased from Academy Sports for $44 smackeroos to finish it off.
Total Dollar output is $637. Minus The Rifle Cost Itself.
What you need to pay attention to is the current price of Mosin’s. Where you used to find them for 80 bucks, you now find them at $163 to $250+. But, no doubt, you already have one that you’re not using (or else, why would you be reading this), and this may be the project for you.
Now! You can buy a new Bolt Action rifle such as a Remington 700 in .308 for around $650 bucks or so, but you will still need to buy a scope, and any modifications you want will obviously add to the price. This would include the stock that you want to upgrade to. In the end, this is a decision you’ll have to make for yourself. The argument will be, why buy an old classic car and rebuild it? Why don’t you just go buy a new car? You do this, because it’s fun, it’s a learning experience, it’s a challenge, and it’s merely an otherwise interesting thing to do, especially if you already have the Mosin Nagant. And to be quite honest, If I’m gonna have a bolt action rifle, I’d rather have this than an [off-the-shelf] Remington 700. Will it EVER be as accurate? I doubt it! Will it be cheaper to shoot? Hells Yea [ALWAYS]! Will it be more novel, interesting, and fun? Definitely!