***sold*** What i have is a 43/45 Hex Receiver Ishevsk with Ministry of Defense markings . The /45 means it was re-arsenalled in 1945. I took it to my backwoods range and shot 4" groups shooting off my knee from a sitting position using Russian 148gr fmj. I floated the barrel by sanding out the channel and adding a small amount of cork to the tip. Then i disassembled the trigger mechanism and polished up 4 contact points using a dremel with a wire wheel attachment and 400 grit sandpaper. It went from a long creepy 6 stage trigger to a long smooth 1 stage trigger. It also seemed to have lightened the overall pull a bit. I learned that the rear sight base is on an 11mm dovetail rail. It just so happens that all .22lr optics use 2/3" rails which is pretty much 11mm. Most pistol and scout type scopes are 1" tubes on 2/3" bases. How convenient. Next i installed a Leupold fx2 2.5x scout scope. I knew i didn't want to modify the rifle in any way, so no drilling, tapping, and turning down the bolt handle. I really did not want to bubba the thing. Next i took off the rear sight. There is a pin to punch out, then if it's not soldered (about 1/2 arent') you tap it off. Mine was silver soldered. A quick trip to my father in law's place, a few minutes with torch, maul, and brass punch and she's off. With Weaver medium rings i have about 1mm clearance from the rear of the scope to the receiver. Most people buy expensive rail mounts that have the scope too high in the air and ruins the cheek weld. I don't understand why. Anyway, I gave it a few whacks with the palm of my hand without it touching, and after a year and several hundred rounds down the barrel i'm confident it doesn't touch. Next i worked up a handload using Barnes TSX. I used 3 different oal settings, 5 different powder charges and came up with a winner: 150 grain barnes tsx 50.0 gr varget 3.020 oal 1.5" center to center from furthest holes average 2920 fps Lastly, we went hunting: Selling because i'm a gun nut and need funds for my next project of course ***Update*** rifle is for sale again, iron sights reinstalled. Price is $150 firm. Thanks for looking.