I just received a M-44 Mosin-Nagant. It's in good shape, but shoots about four inches left. I tried penetrating oil, then the chisel and hammer routine, and it will NOT move. Any suggestions? Thank You.
First of all, did you shoot it with the bayonet extended? They are sighted in that way, and will shoot off POA if it's folded back.
As for drifting the sight, they were factory sighted and tight so the soldier in the field wouldn't screw around with it. The best description of drifting the front sight is that you need two people, one to hold it in place on the bench, the otehr beats a BIG brass drift with a big hammer, and it'll move a little. Shoot, repeat as necessary or until you're too tired.
Q. How do you adjust the sights on a Mosin Nagant?
A. Elevation is adjusted using the rear sight. If the point of impact (POI) is too low, raise the rear sight. If it is too high, lower the rear sight. If the rear sight is at the lowest setting, you will need a taller front sight. Windage is adjusted by drifting the front sight with a brass punch. Later Finnish models have adjustment screws on the front sight. Loosen the screw on the side which you want to move the sight towards and then tighten the screw on the opposite side the same amount. Move the front sight to the left to move the POI to the right and move it to the right to move the POI to the left.
Q. Why does my M44 shoot so far to the left (or right) of the point of aim?
A. M44s were sighted in with the bayonet extended. Shooting with the bayonet stowed affects the barrel harmonics and can change the point of impact by as much as 1 foot per 100 yards. Not all M44s are effected this much or even at all. Either shoot with the bayonet extended or drift the front sight to compensate for the difference.