yea that's right. i chopped up a mosin. go ahead. troll me....it was a 43 izhevsk. super common. i like projects.
i chopped, stripped, refinished, and hollowed out the stock. got it to 28 ounces, a reduction of about 1.5 lbs, and about half a pound lighter than the monte carlo aftermarket stock. next i did a trigger job. travel is now about 1/4", instead of 5/8", and about 2 lbs. finally i chopped the barrel down to 22", recrowned it, and removed the iron sights. now i just need to order a scope. total rifle weight is now 7.3 lbs. a reduction of about 3.5 lbs.
the idea here was to make a sporter deer rifle for under $200. i have $90 in the gun, and $.10 in the trigger job so far. i had the stain and varnish already. i did the re crown with a 6 flute 45 degree countersink i had, and a jig i made up. however if the bore is not perpendicular to the barrel (which is sometimes the case in mosins), i will have to buy a proper crowning tool. that will run about $70 from brownells.
i am gonna buy another one or possibly two. one to keep stock. and i think one to put a pistol handle and 16" barrel on...to make fireballs.