Hello, I'm new to this forum and new to owning a firearm all together so please excuse my lack of knowing correct terminology. I've recently purchased two Mosin-Nagants both are Izhevsk manufactured. One was manufactured in 1941, the other was 1939. Why two? A misunderstanding from my dad when he said he wanted one. They were 89 dollar specials at Dunhams sporting goods. Did quite a bit of cramming homework before purchasing either. Gave them a through cleaning via dis assembly Saturday and took them to the range today. Oh if anyone wants to know how to remove cosmoline easily from both the wood stock and metal parts try Dupli-Color's Grease and Wax remover at your automotive paint section. The grease and wax remover also appeared to loosen up some of the copper in the bore but it took about a minute to break it loose as the first patch ran down the barrel was mostly covered in cosmoline. The rest had a greenish hue. The triggers on both, pull ok but have a deep pull once the slack is taken up and your just waiting for it to slam into your shoulder. my 1939 model was able to put a nice group together (for someone who hasn't shot much at all) about 4-5" at 100yds with iron sights. It was also nearly sighted in correctly taking it out of the box but a smidge low and to the left. There were a couple of strays but that could have been me. While cleaning I noticed that this barrel almost has full float in the stock already after reading about floating the barrel on the M-N. However the 1941 model is all over the place with the rounds and spreads all over the size of a pizza box. While cleaning this gun barrel I noticed that it does not float in the stock at all, however, when doing the dollar bill measuring it is evenly stuck all the way down the barrel. The barrel inspection on the 1939 gun is between the 1st and second picture of the link below Inspecting Rifling However the '41 M-N (the best available locally before finding the '39 that was going to be for dad (went to 3 stores) looks between pictures 2-3 from link above with a shallow dark spot about 1" from the barrel opening (didn't notice until after the cleaning.) I'm thinking on swapping the stocks first on the two rifles to see if I can float the barrel of the '41. and head out to the range again. Is there anything else besides floating the barrel I could try to increase the accuracy of the '41? Also can anyone recommend a good scout scope mount for these as researching about them people are all over the place in what they used and someone else says is crap and won't hold zero. I'm looking to go scout as I shoot left handed and reach over the receiver. I did not clean the barrel on either till the patch came out perfectly clean. Should I? Thanks! Nate from Milwaukee.