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Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby Grimstod » Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:07 pm

So my ver first Mosin Smyert Mk1 had a bad barrel. Riffling was there but it was badly pitted even on there lands. Chamber was badly eroded and the muzzle with pretty bad to with no rifling left at the last inch of barrel.

Jerry had some pretty good looking barrels that were in his stash So I talked him into switching one out with me.

The original barrel was a Tula. Very fine looking machine work on it but it shot terrible. Never got it to even group. You can see here the new barrel already installed.
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Now she is a Izzy and one year younger! The lightness on the barrel is from the aluminum used in the barrel vise. It has been rubbing off with my fingers. I expect it to clean up with a rag.

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Getting the barrel of was very hard. One corner of the original barrel is mashed. Was probably so out of true that they just screwed it on till it sealed up. Very bad way to do things. The new barrel face trued up better so there should be a lot less stress on the receiver. Plus I put it on with 80lbs. That is the recommended poundage (40-80lbs) for the US military.

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Re: Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby Grimstod » Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:15 pm

Here she is in her case that I built to hold two guns. Love the way these guns look all natural. No ATI stocks for my taste. (well actually i do have one but its in the corner)

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Next up is to reinstall the scope. For 200$ these are a bargen. Lots of people don't want to spend 200-300 on a fixed 4x scope but this thing is really nice. Tuff as a scope can get with its all steel construction. Supper sharp to. Better then my Leopold hands down. Ill tell ya with this scope I can see so good I feel that if this things was more accurate (and I hope the new barrel changes this for the better) I feel I could hit a man sized target at 1000yards. Really folks. give these PE scopes a chance. They are much better then the trash scout scopes I see getting used so often.

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Once it is back to gather I will do some video of her and maybe even work up a load by pulling surplus ammo and doing a ladder test. More on that latter. Stay tuned.
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Re: Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby Grimstod » Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:46 pm

Almost for got one thing. So the early repro scopes for the PE were not made to specs properly. Thus the rings do not fit in the correct place. So I made a spacer to make up for some of the difference. Seams I am always stretching my neck forward. This little spacer has helped a lot.

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Re: Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby bearrowland » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:54 pm

Nice....I love the wood!
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Re: Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby Grimstod » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:13 pm

Thanks Berry. It was originally pealing. I steal wooled it down then sealed it again with minwax to keep the original look. It did lighten up a little but with age it has been getting darker again.
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Re: Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby Grimstod » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:22 pm

Since it won't be coming off any time soon I did not use any release agent on the scope. Lots of bench shooters swear by gluing there scope right to the receiver.

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I also used the same epoxy to lock tight the screws. They should never slip.

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I also bedded up a few parts of the receiver in the stock but for that I used release agent. Here it is bak together. I will shoot it again soon.

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The bore looks a lot better on this barrel. Have not checked the chamber yet but I will do that when I start loading.
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Re: Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby Shepard » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:12 pm

Plus I put it on with 80lbs. That is the recommended poundage (40-80lbs) for the US military.

The US Military never built a Mosin Nagant rifle. Bannerman was responsible for the 30-06 conversion.


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Re: Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby 0933 » Thu May 01, 2014 7:37 am

That looks nice! :thumbup:

I assume the receiveris a Tula?? if so, you have quite the mix-master there... 8-)
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Re: Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby Grimstod » Thu May 01, 2014 6:28 pm

Ya she is now a Hybrid :lol:
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Re: Smyert Mk1 restored

Postby Shepard » Fri May 02, 2014 6:55 am

The aluminum flash on the barrel will come off easily with a oil soaked polishing cloth. Sorry about that but it is necessary to use a heavy metal vise on a Mosin. Wheeler makes a cool looking vise with the little hardwood blocks but its insufficient to break loose a Mosin barrel. It will clean up with no problems. Shows you may have a little Russian in your blood, they never let any good parts go to waste.
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