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  1. Measured it to be 4.77mm x 60 TPI. Probably extra fine designation and only Molot could tell us what the thread pitch is. I left my forestock attached as designed and added another swivel. Didn't want to compromise the strength of this joint.
  2. I just so happened to be in Cabels's looking for gun cleaning stuff when I crossed paths with a preowned Vepr Super 223 in the Gun Library Room. It was equipped with the factory scope mount and was priced a little over $1000 which they gave me 10% off when I purchased it. It seems to be a well made rifle except the sling swivels which are not the best but some of the worst I've seen. They are too narrow and won't accommodate a 1" or 1 1/4" wide sling. Have not shot the carbine yet but it looks to be a fine shooter. Purchased a Nikon P223 tactical scope designed for this caliber and felt a 3x magnification was adequate for 100-200 yards distance. Did not want to spend more on the scope. See my postings for pics and details regarding converting to a standard rifle sling size. 2ndAmmendLVR2014
  3. Hello SpetsnazGRU: I feel your pain regarding the rifle sling issue and the totally inadequate factory swivels designed to fail. Take a look at my postings and see how I remedied the pro blem. I searched high and low thru many websites trying to find someone who sells a 3/4" or 7/8" wide sling to work with the existing swivels. Found not one. Shame I had to modify this high dollar rifle but it is what it is and I decided I wasn't going to live with a poor design. The strongest, simplest, and cheapest way to over- come this problem is to change the studs to agree with those swivels sold in the U.S.. Then you can put any sling on you desire. Remember to check BEFORE you drill that the drill bit is 90 degrees to the edge of the forestock and butt stock in both directions---from the side and looking down the center axis of the stock. 2ndAmmendLVR2014
  4. This is what the VEPR SUPER 223 barrel mount looks like when removed from the stock. A #10-32 UNF machine screw is very close to the Russian 5mmx60THD/IN machine screw but the area that would require re-tapping for the new thread might be hardened and prove to complicate the process. The sides are very thin also and might not remain intact. The inletting in this area is oval or round and I used 2 inches as my distance from the edge of the factory slot in the stock to the center of my swivel stud hole.
  5. The way I got around this issue of only using the crappy swivels on the Vepr Super 223 that I own is to mount Uncle Mike's Quick Detachable Bases #2520-0 with the 1/2" and 3/4" long wood screw studs and leave the forestock with the 5mm 60 thd/in screw as is. It is needed to secure the end of the barrel to the stock. No, I chose not to retap it even though a 10/32 UNF screw might just work. The metal is very thin on the sides and I didn't want to risk fracturing this stub in the process. On the back end of the stock I went to www.woodcraft.com and purchased some 3/8" dia Walnut wood plugs, (part no. 17P11) and epoxied it in place using System Three T-88 Epoxy also purchased at Woodcraft.com. Be sure to tamp the epoxy down into the existing screw hole and then cover the sides of the plug and upper sides of the hole with epoxy also where it will bond to. It takes overnight for this epoxy to cure but I gave it 2 days so there would be no problems when I redrilled it with Uncle Mike's Swivel Installation Step Drill Set #2552-0. Be sure to use the smaller diameter step drill for drilling the root diameter of the 1/2" dia swivel stud which I used on the foregrip . Measure with a vernier calipers (buy at Lowe's Home Improvement) to be sure. The 1/2" long swivel stud will work on the forestock without any modifications to the stud ie. shortening it as it will not come in contact with the barrel when installed in the stock. The only problem I really encountered in this is that I could not reinstall my trigger safety after I removed it inorder to remove the entire receiver/barrel assembly from the stock. So I just put some black plastic plugs for 1/4" dia holes in them. Who needs a safety anyway, if the gun is always loaded and handled accordingly. A safety is a false sense of security. One last thing, be sure to put some liquid dish washing soap on the stud threads when you install them. It lubricates the threads and makes the swivel much easier to twist into the stock. The distance I used was 2" from the opening in the stock for the factory front swivel to the new location of the new swivel. The most critical time in installing swivel studs is at the very beginning. Concentrate on keeping the center axis of the stud inline with the centerline axis of the hole and turn it very slowly while applying medium downward pressure. Use a pin punch or small screwdriver thru the stud swivel hole to help apply the torque needed to get it to begin to thread in. Ex- ercise patience and don't get in a hurry. In the end, you will have swivels studs that will like like they were put in at the factory.
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