To facilitate re-welding, a simple re-weld jig was manufactured from an old brass punch. The punch was milled to size, the main dimension being the width at the rear of the magazine well, the minor dimension being the width of the rear section minus one half the width of the front section. The middle section of the magazine side wall was cut out. Only one side at a time was re welded to preserve geometry and spacial relation of the parts. The middle section of the magazine side wall was cut out, using the "dimple" as a guide.
Figure 2: Left side being set up for welding. The middle section has been cut, and the jig inserted, the major dimension of the jig is used. The left side plate is then welded in and ground smooth. Note that the distinctive "dimple" that creates the stepped width of the Mosin magazine well, has effectively been moved to the front of the assembly, using this procedure.
This procedure is effective, and allows the Mosin magazine to accept and cycle the .45-70 cartridge unhindered. It should be noted that a minor amount of warping was observed. This is most likely due to lack of welding experience and an incorrect approach. Next attempt the weld bead will be run in small sections, alternating between the front and rear beads.