My mosin 91/30
In early May of 09 I took a trip to my favorite gun shop. Not being financially able to make a purchase at that time, I left my check book and visa at home, (Lack of self control). While BSing and browsing I stumbled acrossed a substancial inventory of 91/30s in various range of condition. They were $89. Hmm? Pocket money. I picked out what seemed to be the one in best condition, Should have opted for the Tula, I know now. I left the shop with the 91/30 and 120 rounds of milsurp ammo for $119. I went home and cleaned it then immediately went to the range. I laid the first round in the mag. and had to beat the bolt closed. First fire was shockingly intense. Then opening the bolt was even harder than closing it. I managed to pound 5 more rounds through it before my hand couldn't take any more. Returning home disappointed I did some research. The milsurp ammo has a varnish coating which melts to the inside of the chamber. I put the 20ga bore brush on my drill and went at the chamber big time. Back to the range with more acceptable results, although after about 20 rounds it started tightening up again. I bought 200 rounds of brass cased ammo. Bingo, problem solved.
To my dismay the bore looks like a sewer pipe so the best group I could come up with was 5 moa with the open sights and the bayonet in place. Without the bayonet I couldnt get a group less than 8 moa.
I am considering another Mosin in da different model but will be more selective when it comes to bore and manufacture. All in all it was worth what I have invested and I am confident I can improve on the accuracy.