Originally Posted by John_Deer
No matter what you do to a Russian Mosin Nagant it is still a $130 rifle that shoots as accurately as a shotgun with slugs.
I think a lot of people forget what they were designed for - killing Germans in an old-school, trench-warfare type situation. Yes they were used as sniper rifles. But in Stalingrad it was building to building type shooting and the same thing existed in Berlin in 1945.
Mosins were designed for simplicity in manufacturing and to your point about modern rifles, they were not even close in terms of tolerances, etc. Last time I checked we don't mount bayonets on modern rifles either
I would not hesitate to use a M-N out to 150 yards or so to take a deer with open sights. There are some hunting situations (woods) here in Minnesota where I'd actually prefer it. But like you say, let's not kid ourselves these things aren't Remington 700s