Originally Posted by HawkI
All I've heard from a few people is that this rifle jams a lot (after maybe every 40 rounds). Sounds like this gun is a just a wall ornament and not a shooter to me.
I'm not sure where you heard they were unreliable, they are great rifles. 7.62x54r is a potent round. The Basic system with mods is the basis of the SVD and Tiger, both of which are used by Russia to this day. The reason the Soviets used the PU,91/30 in WW2 was ease of production. A bolt gun is far cheaper and easier to produce than a milled semi-auto. Soviet doctrine of the day was to throw mass of numbers at the enemy, not technology. China uses a similar doctrine today. With an armed force of 3,000,000 compared to the Russians 400,000 you could arm the chinese w/ rocks and they would win if the russian each had an AK w/ 30 rounds. A force ratio of 7.5 to 1 is similar to the Soviet WW2 doctrine.
Edit: Vic Thomas did a great article on the SVT. http://www.mosinnagant.net/USSR/svt401.asp