About 18 months ago I ended up with two Mosin Nagant M44 barrelled actions. Since I purchased them both have been wrapped in an old bed sheet and shoved into the back of my closet. Over the last few weeks I have slowly been putting them back into working order and just last week I purchased an Archangel stock for one of them to test.
This is what it now looks like after installation and fitting.
As you can see, the M44 barrel length actually fits well on the stock. The overall length and feel is much better than I expected. I even lucked out because the stock I purchased had a 10 round magazine upgrade in the package rather than the normal 5 round.
The stock has a spacer that allows the use of either the stock trigger group or the upgraded Timney trigger group with safety. There is also more than enough room for the folding bayonet to just lay against the barrel without hanging up on the stock. Originally, I was going to take the bayonet off. After installing the barrelled action into the stock I think I am going to keep the bayonet simply for additional weight at the muzzle. The stock is quite heavy toward the butt so any barrel/muzzle weight helps to balance out the rifle.
The magazines (I ordered 2 extra) seemed to have some feeding issues at first. I then bent the wire keeper over a bit more and soaked the inside of the magazine with RemOil. That really made a huge difference and I don’t get the hung cartridges now. The Mosin family is well known for jamming and feed issues due to the rimmed cartridge. Design of these magazines does seem to eliminate that issue, but you may have to make the modifications and lube things like I did.
Now that I have one set up with a new stock, head space fixed, bolt issues taken care of and new springs in the bolt I am starting on the second barrelled action I have sitting around. It also has had the bolt gone through and parts upgraded, but I am sending it over to be put on a lathe to get the muzzle and crown fixed. Someone took a hack saw to the end of it thus cutting off the front sight, bayonet and leaving a completely horrible crown. When this gets back to me I will put this in an Archangel stock as well, but will install a scout scope mount from S&K.
Seeing as I now have yet another rifle in my safe, I am quite unsure as what to do with it or how to include it into my gear. It will be worse once I get the other Mosin done. I will have to do some serious thinking. Maybe a truck gun for one? We will have to see. All I know is that I am REALLY happy to have them on the road to useful and out of my closet.