Mosin Nagant Scope Mount Reviews

Article updated and checked for accuracy in late 2020.

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.

BadAce Mosin Nagant No Drill Picatinny Rail Scout Mount for M9130,M44,M38,T53

With the BadAce scope mount you won’t have to modify your rifle permanently – no drilling, no tapping. The solid steel base nut will guarantee rock-solid mounting. It’s an easy 20 minutes installation even if you’re not an experienced gunsmith – just remove the rear sight leaf and replace it with the BadAce no drill scout mount.

Fully elevation adjustable to accommodate the different Mosin-Nagant variations and requires zero modification. Precision CNC milled picatinny rail from a whole block of aircraft grade aluminum alloy. This is not as cheap as some of the mounts you’ll see for sale, but the difference is that this mount simply works. You’ll fire at up to 200 yards with precision!

Also works with stripper clips for speed loading.

Fits the following Mosin-Nagant models:

  • M91/30
  • M44
  • M38
  • T53
BadAce Mosin-Nagant Scout Mount

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I can’t tell if this will work on the Finnish M39 variant, but it should fit most models if not all.

Of all the mounts tested, BadAce’s has the highest ratings and seems to be the most rugged and the easiest to install. It’s our recommended scope mount. The company is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and they are specialized in No-Drill-Tap (NDT) scope mounts with all products designed, tested and assembled in Canada.

TacFun AIM Sports Mosin Nagant 2-7×32 Long Eye Relief Scope + M44 M91 30 Scout Mount Package

Technically, this is not a scope mount – it’s a mount plus a scope. So you can’t compare prices exactly, but it’s not a bad deal to get the scope and the mount from the same manufacturer. That way you know they’re meant to fit together at a minimum.

TacFun AIM Sports Mount and Scope Full Package

The mount is milled from one solid piece of aircraft grade aluminum body to withstand constant heavy recoil.

Picatinny 1913 ring mounts included. Length: 6″, Weight: 2.3 oz.

Black anodized aircraft grade aluminum Accepts all standard Weaver / Picatinny 1913 accessories. No drilling, tapping, or gunsmithing required.

Mounts to rear sight of models 91/30, M44, M38, M39 and Chinese 53. Allows mounting of long eye relief scopes to standard rifle, 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.

TacFun AIM Sports Mount

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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.

Sniper MG4X20 Mosin Nagant 91/30 Scope Svt-40 Steel Mount Steel Tube

The Sniper MG4X20 is also a mount that comes with a scope included. Or a scope with a mount included is more accurate, I guess. This set includes a scope, leather lens covers, drill, tap and screw.

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This has been copied exactly from a genuine WWII Russian Mosin Nagant 91/30 scope. High quality reproduction with new design of optics system that has wide angle and long eye relief.

Nitrogen purged scope body, completely sealed with o-ring, rendering scope. Waterproof and fog proof.

Requires some gunsmithing skills – if you don’t have the experience it’s better to have someone knowledgeable install this on your rifle.

Aim Sports M44/Mosin-Nagant 91/30 Scope Mount (Short)

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.

Aim Sports Scope Mount

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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.

Leapers Accushot 1-Pc Mount w/1 Rings, 3/8 Dovetail

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.

Accushot Scope Mount

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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.

Conclusion

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 dedicated to to doing just that. If you are interested in buying a new scope then head over to our Mosin Nagant scope page.