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Century Import- 1942 Izhevsk PU with Ukrain scope in good condition all matching #'s that I can see. High wall receiver. Is the XO 48 without the dash more coveted than with? This is my first Mosin no scope numbers on the side of barrel which appears to be bright couldn't remove bolt. Cant make out the letters in the serial # looks like a crossed out K. I have it on hold for $400
 

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Looks like a reproduction sniper to me. Flat screws on the scope and price are a dead give-away. Not a bad price if that's what you want, but it's a shame to do that to a XO-48 rifle. That mark is interesting to begin with.

If you want a real authentic sniper, R-Guns is the only source and those start at $800. Much higher if you find them in the wild. The problem with these things is most reproductions/fake snipers are priced and sold as real ones. Do lots of research before spending big money on a real one, or just get one from R-Guns.
 

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Thanks for your help Homer2...and forgive me I am new to Mosin's. I realize the scope is a repro... and I understand early 1942's didn't have the scope # on the side of the barrel. How can I tell if this started out as a sniper or if it's a complete conversion? Does the XO 48 signify anything? I appreciate your help.
 

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I bought a 44 Tula current repro, and mine came with an unused barrel, so new I had to knock down the extractor slot burrs created after they cut the extractor slot, and alot of them seemed to have been made on late war refurbished rifles, I saw one that had a hex receiver with 44 tula brand new barrel on it, so I'd say that late war a bunch of rifles got rebuilt to new, stored away, in the Ukraine, an that is what they are converting over.
As for the papered originals, alot of them being made up post ww2 or even korea, a great investment, although alot of them have bores that are well used, accurate enough for your standard sportsman/investor, but if you can hand pick one of these new ones with a "new" bore, they come with a build sheet and are zero'd to the scope and mount, and mine is so accurate at 100 meters, I aint shooting it no more till I get me a better truck that can get me to some 300-400 meter shooting spots, bullet holes were touching or two bullets through a slightly larger hole, off a rest, was throwing me off till I noticed a new bore on a mosin is "something special", good brass cased ammo makes a difference too.
I paid $510 for mine though, with bayo/accessories, build sheet, at my local Big 5 sporting goods, a premium, and I had the hassle of my first one had a rare cracked receiver(having likely been cracked since WW2), but it was worth the hassle and wait for a replacement two months ago.
 

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$400 is a good price for a repro. If the barrel is clean it would be worth buying for that. If they come down in price I'd think they'd be taking a loss.
Last show I was at had 2 century repro's $435 and $500. The $435 had a questionable bore.
 

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if you take the price that the scope and mounts (repro) go for around 250
You have 50 dollars in bending the bolt
and 100 in the rifle then you don't have to pay for the labor of making one, that is if you would like a reproduction sniper. So I would say a pretty good price.
JMG
 
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