05 February 2014
For roughly $180 I can convert my Mosin Nagant into a modern polymer stock magazine fed shooting machine. A bolt action EBR, if you will.
This price gets you the AA9130 Archangel stock and a 10 round magazine for the same from Midway. Unfortunately it looks like Midway is backordered on everything and to order the stocks direct from Promag ups the price from $159.99 to $201.57 and the magazines up from $17.29 to $25.25, so that puts the total up to roughly $227. Adding shipping puts it up even further.
A Timney trigger for the Mosin runs about $100, give or take a few bucks, and if you are going to put a scope on it there are options from a scout mount for around $10.00 to a receiver mount that requires a gunsmith to install for $50-60, depending on where you get it. That doesn't include the scope, of course, and a scope can run up to a couple of hundred dollars depending on which one you get.
Some would question the wisdom of sinking $2-300 on a $100 rifle, especially one that you can't just go to your local Mart of Walls to get ammo for. On the plus side, ammo is readily available for it through mail order and a polymer stock would lighten it up enough to be more user-friendly come Bambi slaying season.
Of course, you can get a Savage Axis in 7mm for not much more money than just the stock and magazine (and for less money than the stock, magazine, trigger and scope mount), and 7mm ammo has consistently been on the shelf all through the recent unpleasantness, but that Archangel stock sure is a looker.