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    Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    Sooo... Yeah I screwed up and didn't realize Brakleen takes shellac off rifles with insane ease. I was cleaning the Mosin sunday after a day at ft dix and wanted to get a little gook out. Got some on the stock and it literally melted that shit away like there was no tomorrow. I had originally intended on keeping the original finish, but this gave me a good reason to strip it and redo it.

    The game plan.

    1. Disassemble the weapon.
    2. Use the rest of the can of Brakleen to strip off all the shellac.
    3. Inspect the weapon for possible sanding touch up spots, and spots to avoid (cartouches, etc)
    4. Sand down the weapon as per needed with 60 grit, 100 grit, 220 grit, 400 grit, and 0000 Steel Wood
    5. Blow out the dust with the air compressor, then clean the weapon with a lint free towel and mineral spirits.
    6. Wipe on Ebony stain, repeat until desired darkness is achieved
    7. Wipe on gloss polyurethane until desired depth, smoothness, shine are achieved.
    8. Clean excess shellac off the barrel and magazine well
    9. Put a drop of solder on top of the front sight to raise it up
    10. Adjust the front sight slightly to the right
    11. Get some glue in the handguard, resand, stain, and polyurethane to match the stock.
    12. Reassemble the weapon taking particular care with the front handguard rings, apply blue loctite on the two main bolts.

    Soooo... after thinking about it and seeing what other people have done I decided to go with a black stained glossy Mosin. Most people go with the factory reddish color or blonde with a satin finish. I decided to make mine different and use Ebony stain until it was quite dark, then apply like 3-4 coats of poly, sanding in between, until it was glassy. Why? Why not? I didn't see anybody doing it so there's should be at least 1 our of 37mil like that

    pre-f-up


    Disassembled.


    Literally 10 minutes later.


    Took like 2-3 hours to sand down. There were a few dings on the left hand side that coincidentally were right on top of a little bump in the stock. I used 60 grit to remove the bump and there are no longer any dings. A few of the dings would require filler, but I neglected to do anything about those. It is what it is, which is 64yrs old.


    I have a nice drilled hole in my concrete... stuck a broom in there and hung the stock off it.


    applied the first coat of stain... letting it sit for 15 minutes


    wiped clean the excess stain... i'll need another ~2-3 coats to achieve the level of darkness I'm after.



    I got some wood glue on that handguard. I thought about replacing it, but for a $150 rifle, who cares. Its good enough and will not be very visible once everything is black and coated with polyurethane.

    I laid down another coat this morning... its gettin there. I want it quite dark, almost as dark as it is when the wet stain is soaking in. I'll lay down the 3rd coat after work and post up some more pics. As its going, looks like maybe 4 coats of stain?



    More to come soon!

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    Re: Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    I think that's going to look outstanding. A couple of other things you might want to take a look at doing, since you've got the rifle apart......

    Corking the barrel:

    http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/edu63_2.htm


    Bedding the action:

    http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/edu75.htm
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    Re: Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    Great site, love the Box 'o Thruth!

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    Re: Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    Great info... I don't see any reason I shouldn't do this!

    A little info about the sights. I've read that A LOT of Mosins shoot high. My shoots around 12" high and 4" left at 200yards. I cannot lower the rear sight anymore, so I simply put a soldering iron on the front post with a little flux, got it heated up, and put a nice clean ball of solder right on top. It didn't raise it up a ton, but should be enough to get the thing shooting a little closer. It actually looks pretty nice in the sight picture and the extra width helps fill up the rear sights a little more.

    While I was at it, I also took a punch and nudged over the front sight about 1/16th of an inch to the right. That should help with windage... yes the bayonet is always extended

    Now I can't wait to get back to the Range with it!!! It may or may not be this weekend. I have a lot of free time this week, but there are a lot of coats that need to dry, etc. I have a nice wideners steel plate that's a lot of fun to shoot!

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    Re: Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    Also keep in mind that the M44 is meant to be fired with the bayonet extended. If you don't do this, the point of aim moves, sometimes considerably. Something to do with barrel harmonics, or something like that.
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    Re: Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    I'm also considering shimming the trigger spring while I have it apart, polishing it up, and installing a slack spring to give it a 2 stage feel.

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    Re: Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    Yeah, I just ordered the slack spring off amazon... 17 bucks and it should make the trigger on it much more user friendly.

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    Re: Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    well the 3rd coat is on... put on a heavy coating and left it for about 45 minutes. It was pretty tacky coming off, but it came off... and the weapon is pretty damn close to where I want it. One more coat tonight should even it out and be good! I can't wait to see it glossy!


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    Re: Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    dudeeeee... I just finished the last (4th) coat of stain. ITS THE ****!!!!!!! I'll take some pics on the morning when its dry. I should be able to apply the first coat of gloss poly tomorrow evening after work. This is gonna look so bad*** when its all said and done!

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    Re: Refinishing my M44 Mosin Nagant

    Gonna do a light 0000 steel wool pass then lay on the first coat of poly this evening.




 

 
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