Posted June 26, 2017 10:45 am by Comments

By Terril James Herbert

The author takes aim with his Mosin-Nagant. Note that the bayonet isn’t for looks and these rifles were sighted in with the bayonet on. (Photo: Terril Herbert)
I have a long and stormy history with the Mosin-Nagant family of rifles and carbines which I can bore you with another day. Despite not appealing to American patriotism nor modern efficiency, everyone seems to own a Mosin-Nagant. The aftermarket for this World War II era rifle is nothing short of astounding, though some purists like myself would prefer to keep the rifle in stock military condition. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t pay to have tools to fix potential issues.
Such an issue happened after I decided to dive back into the Mosin fan club. I picked up a 1942 made 91/30 for a handloading project and, off the bench with cheap ammo, I got an amazing group (judged against accurate competitors like the 7×57 Spanish and 6.5 Swedish Mausers). Unfortunately, the sights, despite being fixed in place with the witness mark and sight base aligned perfectly, were well off — about two feet off to the left, peppering my backup target instead of the one in my sights.
The setup for the Elby Range Buddy


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