So maybe I am not completely insane…
Next month, I plan on purchasing a 91/30 Mosin-Nagant from the usual source (though if anyone has any better suppliers, feel free to speak up).
The following month, I plan on purchasing a Center Balanced Rifle Platform System kit for said M-N 91/30, assuming it is still offered (there is some question as to how the company is going to proceed).
A few months after that, I plan on consummating the unholy union, and seeing what I have.
In the end, assuming that whole master plan works and gives me something that can reach out and touch human-sized targets at 500 yards or so (hey, I can be optimistic once in a while), I will have saved myself somewhere around four thousand dollars.
Now before anyone completely flies off the handle, no, I am not trying to compare a leftover, borderline-antique military surplus slugthrower to a custom-built, hand-tuned, reach-out-and-touch-someone tack driver… there is simply no comparison possible – the latter is shorter, probably lighter, mass-produced (with all of the associated benefits and shortcomings), modular (which is just awesome), “match-grade” quality throughout, and probably capable of shooting a fly off a flea off a fly’s back at 1000 yards – but the concept is largely the same. Take a bolt-action rifle, move its action behind the grip, adjust everything else accordingly.
And no matter how you look at it, four grand is four grand, ammunition that is at least half the price of what the SRS eats has to count for something too, and you and I both know that “match grade” hardware is well and truly wasted on me. Me, I am willing to spend an insignificant fraction of that price difference practicing to the point where I might be able to hit Boomers with something approximating consistency… and not just because doing so with a rifle that is around three times older than me would just be awesome.
Like I said, if people are willing to invest in mass manufacturing $4,000+ bolt-action bullpups, and other people are willing to actually purchase such things, maybe I am not that insane for investing $400 in a tremendously dumbed-down version… But, in either case, it should prove to be interesting.
(The costlier one courtesy of MJ Mollenhour.)