ATI makes a very nice looking monte carlo stock for the Mosin. I picked one up at Bartons’. It was 107$, not too shabby a price. It comes with a cheek pad that has a peel-n-stick backing. You just peel the back off and install it on the comb.
I like the look of the stock. After all is done, the rifle shoulders beautifully. It feels great. But… the fitting process took some doing. As you can see in the pictures, I really had to get in there, rip-tear-and-pull-hair. I used a file, sandpaper and an angle grinder to work the plastic into good shape. I really wish I had a dremel…
The barrel channel isn’t straight or wide enough. I had to open it up by about a 1/4″ just to float the barrel. The action sat up on the stock so the action screws cannot even make contact with their threads.
In the top picture I show with the screwdriver a particular spot inside the stock. That spot is of great importance. If that spot isn’t milled out to the proper depth, the magazine interrupter, which is attached to the ejector, will not function. If that part of the stock isn’t inletted properly the interrupter impedes loading the magazine. A single-shot rifle is pretty useless in my view.
All this to say, I am disappointed that this “drop-in ready stock” isn’t anywhere near drop-in ready. I am doing a second Mosin, and all the same problems occur. I can understand some work being required, but this does seem excessive. For 107$, I expect better quality.
Once the milling is all done, I would recommend bedding the action. Adding epoxy to the receiver lug cut-out and tang slot are a good idea. There is a bit of room in there that can be filled.
The idea with bedding the action is that there is some room in those cut-outs. As the rifle recoils, some movement in the action will be expected. This leads to diminished precision in shot placement.
We will examine the process of epoxy bedding in a later post.