You may be a redneck if you spend 22 hours getting a 66 year old rifle perfect but still open your driver side door with a screwdriver. Yes I spent 22 hours working on my rifle a Mosin Nagant in particular, I bought a M44 from a friend who took off the bayo and missplaced it. For 50 bucks and a bottle of whiskey I took on a project gun. I used a ryobi brand (dremel type tool) to finish cuting of the lug and thats where the fun started. I used 120 grit emery cloth and 3 in 1 oil to sand down the remaining metal. I found this too slow for my taste and found that harbor frieght has 50 and 80 grit emery cloth and got some. 20 hours later I got down to 400 grit emery cloth and got it to smooth out nicely. All in all I now have a great respect for the ruggedness of the Mosin design and build, and for the men who built them. I will post pics later today.