My first rifle was a Mosin-Nagant M44 that I paid $90 for way back in 2009. Today they’re going for around $200 but you can probably pick up a nice 91/30 for $150. So while the Mosin may not be the amazing deal it once was, it’s still a great rifle at a great price and 7.62x54R is still very cheap to shoot.
So what could make the Mosin-Nagant even better? How about a nice stock from Archangel with a 10 round detachable magazine? Archangel showed off their new stock at this year’s SHOT Show and we were impressed by the attention to detail and innovation. Not only does the stock look great but it can accommodate a Timney trigger, the original bayonet, and adds a detachable magazine. The barrel is also free-floated but can be tensioned with a screw if needed. The great thing about the stock is it will allow you to “sporterize” the rifle without damage to your original wood stock.
There are only a few drawbacks that I see as a former Mosin owner. The first is that there is still no great way to attach a scope. Drilling and Tapping is still expensive and scope mounts designed specifically for the Mosin have a reputation of being a little flimsy. It would have been nice if the stock was built up and incorporated a mounting platform.
The other drawback is you will probably pay more for the stock than the rifle. As a result this setup would end up costing more than many of the rifles reviewed in our budget bolt action rifle comparison. In other words, if you have a Mosin-Nagant already or have a bunch of 7.62x54R lying around this stock would be a great buy. But I wouldn’t go buy a Mosin-Nagant specifically for this stock.