After a few AR builds, and extensive reading about accurising various rifles through reloading research, I've decided to get a little deeper into the gunsmithing. I've had two M44 Mosin Nagant carbines, for awhile now. And there is a plethora of upgrades available. My goal is a fairly budget minded, scout type rifle, and mostly DIY. with the intent of being a capable medium game hunter with factory ammo, and possibly handloads in the future. My apologies for not taking pics and starting the thread from the beginning. I will add pics as I go. I started with your standard M44 Mosin. I am reusing the original stock, albeit with a shortened forend. I intend to pillar and glass bed the receiver into the original stock as I already have some bedding pillars I got in an IV8888 Man Can a year or two ago. I've so far removed the front sight post, and bayonet lug from the barrel, I did this with a hydraulic press and press blocks I made from some square steel stock. I'm fortunate to have access to materials and tooling at work to be able to make some of my own tooling for the project. I also removed the rear sight, and base. My next step is to make a barrel vice to separate the barrel from the action, I will buy an action wrench as they are very reasonably priced. Once the barrel is separated I will cut, and recrown the barrel, and thread for a flash hider. We have a lathe at work, so I opted to try an do the barrel work on that, instead of buying hand tooling for the process. The only aftermarket parts I intend to add, are a Rock Solid industries scope mount, and bent bolt handle. I'm going to try an improve the trigger myself. I'll probably add a slip on comb riser, and recoil pad.