View Full Version : The dawn of Valmetov

01-27-2015, 04:31 AM
I appologize to finns that are offended by this thread, that is absolutely not my intention :)

A month back, i aquired a Valmet Petra in .308win/7,62x51. It was nice, but the finish was worn down and both the stock and handguard was cracked, not to mention that the latest owner had thought it a very good idea to hack in an "x" for every moose the rifle downed (quite a number, i'll give him that)

Reviewing what was out there of stocks (none) it dawned on me that the best would be to make a brand new stock and handguard and i sought for inspiration. Dragunov is nice, even though it is completely different in mechanism, it should be interesting to make a Dragunov-clone out of it.

The idea of "Valmetov" was born.

I went online to find different stock-looks and after some drawing, i had one i thought was nice. I milled it in CNC, and it was a complete failure. It was too small, so i made a new one. It fit after i glued some extra wood to the front.


Then i milled a new stock in beech and that fit much better.



Still much work left, but mostly grinding.


Then the handguard. For that, i had to draw it and mill it.


Then completely reject it and draw a new one.

The plan forward is to complete the handguard and mount it without handguard retainers (since they are hard to get) and then get or make some later. New hi-cap magazines are under production (new and thew..they are from the 60's) since valmet mags are so incredibly expensive.

Now, i need some advice on the scope mount. the original mount is spotwelded to the dust cover, but that is hardly a good idea. I wondered if anyone has experiences with Midwest Industries side rail AK-mounts? will an AK side mount fit valmet?

01-27-2015, 07:34 AM
I have no advice to give, but this is a cool project.

01-27-2015, 07:36 AM
It's a nice start to an interesting project. Unfortunately I think everything but the Valmet Hunter model were banned here a couple of decades ago.....lucky Norwegians....:). Do you have access to semi auto AK's there as well, or just the Valmet models?

01-27-2015, 11:07 AM
Valmet hunter and petra are almost the same. just minor differences and the same furniture. No semi-ak's here, exept for Valmet. Apart from practical shooting, then. Valmet hunter/petra is approved for hunting.

This is a drawing of the new handguard. I will make two tomorrow and se how they work.


01-27-2015, 12:16 PM
Well that's just all kinds of sexy. Nice!

01-30-2015, 01:52 PM
Yesterday's milling went so and so. Some of it was a grand success, considering the fact that i have always sucked at 3d drawing and have been unstable (at best) at milling wood. The result was ok, but i need to change some details here and there, so i think the next will be perfect (sic!)


Remote Six
02-03-2015, 08:08 AM
Looking good so far! I'm excited to see the final product..

02-03-2015, 02:03 PM
Looks pretty cool!

02-13-2015, 09:57 PM
Wow that is amazing! Your work is truly amazing, wish you lived in Canada!

02-13-2015, 10:56 PM
This is good. I like this.

Much better starting point than the SVT40 --> Druganov conversion

02-16-2015, 12:12 PM
Work has stalled temporarily due to the fact that the foregrip i made was not good enough, so i had to completely redraw it from scratch. New version has not yet been milled, but it will during next week ( i started drawing survival knives while thinking about how the forgrip should be made).

Hollowedpoint: well, there is always the post office. Plan is probably to make some extra kits and sell them when they are finished, if they actually work :)

02-17-2015, 10:16 PM
I helped another man on the other board back in the day make exactly what you are trying to do right now ;)
It's fun isn't it :D

02-17-2015, 10:19 PM
Making extra kits is a great idea, wishing you well with your project! Looks very nice.

02-18-2015, 03:41 PM
Yep, reeealy fun...especially when it works out! :)


This has been a much needed excercise in 3d modelling for me. Now, it's back to more normal hand craft...

Since the mill bit was kinda dull (they were sent to re-sharpening today), the suface of the handguard is too rough. If i milled it with tools straight from the box, it would look much nicer, but I am faaar to impatient to wait...

02-18-2015, 03:52 PM
Wow - that's amazing, it turned out pretty damn good if you ask me, "rough" or not!

02-20-2015, 11:23 AM
Check out some of the mounts from RS Regulate.

There are lots of reviews from the US. The guys there love them.

02-20-2015, 02:10 PM
really nice! Are they produced in us? as situated in europe, i have serious trouble getting things out of us...

02-20-2015, 02:36 PM
...or i can just buy it from brownells.no... :D

02-22-2015, 02:45 PM
temporarily mounted woodwork:


Still needs to tweek the file a little, but getting there....

02-22-2015, 07:27 PM
Looks good.

02-27-2015, 03:03 PM
thanks, biker_boy. i still cant decide what kind of surface i want the gun to have. parkerized, blued or duracoat....hmm

02-28-2015, 09:16 AM
That's looking great - nice job.

02-28-2015, 03:12 PM
Looks good.

05-04-2015, 09:15 PM
That's impressive! Nice work!

05-05-2015, 07:50 PM
This is interesting indeed. Wish I could make my own stocks.

05-05-2015, 10:59 PM
This is interesting indeed. Wish I could make my own stocks.

I wish i could make my own toothpicks :) This is fascinating to watch for me.

05-06-2015, 08:27 PM
That is damn sweet!!!!!

Would love to some some other wood sets made up for the m78's!!!

05-07-2015, 12:20 PM
that can be...arranged :) just need to make the top arm of the stock thicker so a hole can be drilled all the way down it. Absolutely doable.

05-07-2015, 12:31 PM
only problem i've had on the range till now is that the forgrip is moving forward too much. The frontplate for the RK62/76/78 could have been made of unobtainium and are, as i have understood, only sold within finland. (Finland is not THAT far away, but far enough...and i don't know any finns...)