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"Mosin X"? Is this Malcolm X's personal rifle?:grin:
 

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Yes I would expect them to shoot better however it might be just by a small margin and much more dependent on condition then anything else. As stated some 60 years ago they started off as better then your standard M91/30, if all things are equal (same wear over the years on the lesser guns as the snipers) then I'd expect them to still show better accuracy today (on average).
 

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There is a reason they are EX-snipers, their accuracy may have degraded over the years, or as I have heard that they designated many of them to be snipers,and then need more infantry rifles and "ex'ed" them.
They are primarily ex-snipers because of the SVD. US 1903A4's and M1C's are often ex-snipers because of the M-40 and later replacements. Some of any of these are still excellent shooters and some are not. Condition is always a factor.
 

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my "PU ex-sniper" i restored is an excellent shooter
 

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heres proof that my 1943 izhvesk restored pu sniper still shoots good, with the help of my handloads

 

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Yes, no, well maybe, Hmm Condition is everything!-SDH
Again all things being equal if it starts off more accurate it should end up more accurate. Any wear on a exsniper can be found on a neversniper (I coined that in this post :) ) if you take a random sampling large enough to satisically make wear the same between the groups I would expect the exsniper group to show better accuracy by a slight margin.
 

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What they said!

I would expect an ex-sniper to shoot pretty well, but wouldn't be surprised if it didn't, or perhaps I would expect to have to try a variety of ammo to find what it likes. Ammo has a lot to do with how any given Mosin Nagant will group.

On a slightly-related-but-not-really topic, I have noticed that a few ex-snipers I have handled have really horrible trigger pulls. Heavy, long trigger pulls. Maybe just a factor of having been reassembled from parts after having been disassembled.
 

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Some were de-snipered because they were starting to spread, others because they were surplus despite being in excellent condition. Like any standard 91-30, there is huge variation, particularly when you consider their heavy use, or lack of it, as standard grunt rifles after they were neutered. I consider them an interesting type of the standard 91-30 rifles.
 
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