I don't own a Century Repro, but my understanding is that they were built on regular 91/30 referbs. The ones that I looked at, certainly looked like plain referbs. Especially the one with the Hex receiver.
I've seen about fifteen Century replicas as they came through our local Big Five over the years and none were on sniper-marked rifles, just clean wartime refurbs, all Izhevsk. Many of these were bought by local military, knowing they were replicas.
I have also seen two old ones that Century built on Finn-barrelled 91/30s with authentic scopes perhaps twenty years ago, again not sniper marked. I knew these were not done by the Finns and refused the $600 asking price of the private owner who thought they were real snipers.
I do have a really weird Century scoped PU myself, a scoped Izhevsk with a "CH" stamped on it, which I take to be a fake mark, unless Izhevsk stamped some after taking over Tula's manufacturing. It came with an authentic Progress scope.
The several recent Big Five replicas I have helped sight in at the range were quite good quality with Ukrainian scopes and good steel mounts and shot in the 2-3 MOA range at 100 yards right out of the box with surplus ammo.
I have a few century marked rifles from 1989 and 1990 that shoot well have steel brackets. I never did look to close at the scopes or rifles. Still have two unfired from that time I plan to give as gifts after cleaning them up. I don't think there was anything special about the rifles. HTH
This is one I gave to a friend a few years ago, don't think he has used it yet.
I have a Finn M91/30 made by Tikka 1944, unfired with an honest WW2 Soviet PU scope on it. I got it at Century [when they used to let dealers in] back in 1988. Mavens here on Gunboards [I say with sublime respect] told me it was a Century job. I was pretty naive and pretty excited [all full of 20km biathlon endorphins!] to get it. A super price to. Have never seriously shot with it. Now I need to try it with handloads. My brother is going to use it at a classic sniper rifle shoot in Butte at the end of June. So let's see...... he is the best natural shot I have ever encountered in my life, shooting hunting or military.
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