The Mosin-Nagant rifle is probably the last of the affordable military surplus rifles available in today’s market. The rifle is chambered in 7.62 X 54 R, a cartridge with similar properties to the American 50-06 Springfield or 308 Winchester, making it ideal for long range hunting and shooting. These two facts and the legendary ruggedness of the platform, make for an ideal rifle for a budget conscious hunter or shooter. The only thing needed is a proper scope.
Important Information About Scope Mounts
Mounting a scope on a Mosin-Nagant is not as easy as mounting one on most other commercial rifles. These were intended as a soldier’s rifle for long range engagements using open sights, although the Russians fielded some very competent snipers equipped with special versions of the Mosin-Nagant M91 in World War 2. These rifles were equipped with a bent bolt as found on most modern hunting rifles, unlike the standard Mosin-Nagant which utilizes a straight bolt. The straight bolt was used on Mosin-Nagant’s as a means to give a soldier a relatively rapid rate of fire. The downside is that a straight bolt will not work with receiver mounted scopes.
To overcome this, the shooter has two options: either “bend” the bolt handle or use a “Scout type” of scope mount. We will look at examples of each in determining the best scope mount for the Mosin-Nagant rifle.
Be warned, before installing a scope mount on a Mosin-Nagant, you will need to invest in quality carbide drill bits as the hardened steel on these rifles is anything but soft. Likewise, red Loctite or Rocksett may be needed to install the mounting screws as the 7.62 X 54R generates a lot of felt recoil.
The Top 5 Mosin Nagant Scope Mounts
The list below contains the top 5 scope mounts for the Mosin Nagant rifle that is currently for sale. Take your time reading the list below and make sure that you are buying the correct mount for your needs. Each mount will be reviewed and discussed to help you find the right one for you and your needs.
If the shooter wishes to preserve the rifle as much as possible without cutting bolt handles, removing rear sights or performing much drilling or tapping, then Brass Stacker’s MN9130SSM Scout Scope Mount may be the way to go.
The Brass Stacker MN9130SSM Scout Scope Mount is installed by removing two pins in the rear sight and replacing them with the attachment pins by means of an included punch. This gives the shooter the ability to revert the rifle back to its original glory if so desired and allow the existing iron sights to be used as back up sights if the scope should fail for any reason.
The only downside to this mount is that it will not work on the M44 Carbine variant or the Finnish M38 or M39. It is strictly intended for the Model 91/30 Mosin-Nagant.
Of all the mounts tested, Brass Stacker’s seems to be the most rugged and the easiest to install. The company is based in North Carolina and offers a lifetime warranty.
Advanced Technology International (ATI) has been making this mount and bolt handle for at least 20 years. The mount, itself is made from T6 Aluminum and is hard coated. The included bolt handle is made from stainless steel and requires cutting off the existing bolt handle and drilling and tapping the bolt body for installation.
The cutting and reattachment of the bolt handle is not meant for the beginner and requires use of an end mill or drill press for proper installation. A better installation would mean welding the handle or having the existing handle turned down by a gunsmith.
Installation of the scope mount requires drilling and tapping the receiver and using Loctite or Rocksett on the screws. ATI offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturing flaws or defects.
For a Scout type of mount, AIM Sports offers a short scope mount for the Mosin-Nagant rifle. Installation of this type of mount requires removal of the rear sight with some minor drilling and tapping. This does not require modifying the bolt handle and the only downside is that it requires the use of a scout scope, also known as an extended eye relief scope (EER) or a red dot type of sight.
The reason for this is that the scope is essentially mounted in front of the receiver. These scopes seldom offer magnification above 6X, so keep that in mind when installing the scope on the rifle.
The mount, itself, is constructed of aluminum and accepts Weaver style rings. It fits a wide variety of Mosin-Nagant rifles including the Models 91/30, 91/59, M44, M38, M39 & the Chinese Type 53.
Bridging the gap between a scout mount and a receiver mount is the Mosin-Nagant Tri-Rail Mount by UTG (Under The Gun). The company had its start making airsoft accessories and then graduated to AR-15 accessories, but seems to have really put a great deal of thought into this mount, which essentially replaces the rear sight.
However it sits a great deal higher than a typical scope mount and extends rearward to give close eye relief while clearing the straight bolt handle. For this reason, the shooter may need to install a cheek piece of some type in the form of a strap on version or replacing the stock with an adjustable riser.
As a bonus, this mount includes two side Picatinny rails for the mounting of additional accessories if the shooter desires.
Like the aforementioned company, Leapers got its start making airsoft and lower end AR-15 accessories. Also like UTG, Leapers seems to have a very solid handle on manufacturing scope mounts for the Mosin-Nagant.
This is a scout type of mount similar in concept to the Aim Sports version mentioned previous, it requires removal of the rear sight base, but may be superior with regard to strength as it utilizes 3 clamp screws for installation as opposed to two.
The included rings will limit the shooter to scopes with a 1” tube diameter, but as the majority of scopes are of that size, it really is not that much of a limitation. The scope sits low enough that the front sight may need to be removed as well.
These scope mounts represent some of the best and most affordable options for mounting a scope on a Mosin-Nagant rifle. Hopefully the article and the top 5 list helps you find everything you need and makes the buying decision easier for you. The next decision will be deciding on which scope to use for your hunt, luckily we have a whole page dedivctaed to to doing just that. If you are interested in buying a new scope then head over to our Mosin Nagant scope page.