The legendary Mosin Nagant rifle is one that has many different mount options for shooters who are looking for more accuracy out of their weapon. In fact, there are so many options that it pays to look at your needs first and then decide which type of mount will work best to meet them. However, in many cases, you may just want to look for a mount that can hold zero and be easy to use.
What follows are some mounts that are designed for the Mosin Nagant rifle. Each of these Mosin Nagant scope mounts mounts has their advantages and disadvantages to consider.
This is a pretty reliable and very affordable scope that can be found in most sporting goods aisles or stores.
The first issue is that this particular scope mount has to be drilled into your receiver which may be problematic if you want to keep your weapon in pristine condition. Also, the actual screw mount offers problems on its own as well since the two front screws are somewhat ineffective and somewhat shoddy in holding the mount steady. You will need to be an experienced gunsmith or very good at lining up the screws correctly to make this mount work. In fact, you should ask a good gunsmith to do this job for you if the ATI scope is the type you want for this weapon.
UTG Tri-Rail Scope Mount
There are a lot of user anecdotes that describe this particular scope as either being the cat’s meow or total garbage. The negative reviews center on the fact that the scope itself tends to move quite a bit even after the mounting process is complete which would indicate that it just was not mounted correctly. The UTG scope mount itself does replace the rear sight leaf and when placed correctly is quite steady. Another plus is that it is relatively cheap to purchase and you don’t’ need a gunsmith to mount this for you.
B-Square Scope Mount
This is another less expensive scope mount that costs less than $40 most of the time. The reviews of this particular mount are mixed as well and considering the low cost then the B-Square is probably not the best out there for the Mosin Nagant. However, it does not alter your rifle so you can keep it in its original condition. However, you will need to have a gunsmith do the mounting for you as modifications are required.
Rock Solid Industries
Indeed, one of the more expensive scopes on the market coming in at roughly $100, it also has garnered a reputation as being one of the best as well. However, it mounts the same way as the ATI which means that you will need a gunsmith to do the work for you and have bent bolt work done as well. It may be no surprise that Rock Solid Industries also sells a bent bolt just for that particular need. If you have the tools and the know-how, then you can certainly try to mount this by yourself. For everyone else, a gunsmith is recommended.
Jmeck Scope Mounts
For $100, this product has developed an outstanding reputation at being reliable, steady and solid when it comes to holding zero. There is no drilling or sight removal which is another plus and means that you might be able to do the installation yourself. You will need an internet stock modification to fit the band, however, so if you are looking to keep your weapon in its original condition, then this option is probably not for you. However, it must be noted that this is an internal modification, so it is hidden from sight although anyone who looks will be able to find it.
A positive is that the mount does hold up quite well under most conditions save for impacts like dropping the weapon. You will also need a bent bolt if you use the standard Jmeck mount. You can purchase the “Z-type” version which allows you to keep a straight bolt which is about $20 more and may very well be worth it.
How to Find the Right One for Your Needs
As you can see, there are many different brands, and scope mounts on the market today. What has been listed is just the more popular ones, but there are arguably dozens more that exist so you can find the best ones that fit your particular needs. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can narrow down your choices so that you can see the best ones that meet your specific requirements.
Keep your Mosin Nagant Original: This is a critical consideration when choosing a scope because one that requires screws or changes to the gun itself will lower its overall value. If you don’t care about the value of the gun, then, by all means, choose the best scope even if it requires screws or alterations. However, if the gun is valuable, then you probably want to choose a scope that does no damage to the weapon itself.
Stability: This is a crucial factor for those who use scopes, particularly in competitions or in situations where you need to move around somewhat. You’ll want to get a solid mount so that the scope does not move under most conditions. However, dropping the weapon is arguably going to move the scope even if it is solidly mounted.
Gunsmith: Another consideration is that many of the screw mounts and other modifications arguably require the work of a gunsmith to do correctly. If you are a gunsmith yourself or have plenty of experience, knowledge and the right tools, you can do the work yourself. However, you should also consider the time and expense of using such outside aides when purchasing your scope. For example, a scope that costs you $40 and requires $100 of work by a gunsmith is more expensive than a $100 scope that does not need a gunsmith, so keep that in mind when making your purchase.