Ok.. Firstly I am not a fan of the Mosin.. Anyone with $50 can come get mine in GA any time they want! why ? Long story short, A buddy of mine bought a cheap scope that was ejected backwards and hit me in the head HARD! Stitches, the entire 9 yards .. I have pictures somewhere.. but anyways, Im reluctant to ever shoot one again. My fucking ER co pay was more than I paid for the gun! But the point of this post is some knowledge I have that you can benefit from. those of you who cut your bolt handle off and attach the new one, firstly be fucking careful not to bottom out the tap! it will snap and you will be in shit! the tap is hard as hell and cant be drilled out! Dont ask how I know. But the good news is the metal that the new handles come with is an alloy 0002 away from the gun bolt. So I just welded them together, it came out DAMN well and looks factory! I will havea buddy take a picture to show but I suggest welding the bolt handle! and be careful. That massive recoil will snap a shitty scope!