Saw one in a local shop and it was very nice looking...fairly discreet import marking on it...well it's better than the century billboards anyway. Took it home and it looks like a typical refurb except the crown looks a little "off".
When I say "off" I mean a normal refurb crown looks like a perfect "cheerio" of silver metal. This one has a "thin area" of silver crowning that makes it look sort of oval. (I'll post pics later)
The barrel is NOT counterbored. I hope it shoots OK. It's matching numbers rifle and is an attractive little thing.
Any of you guys encounter any weird looking crowns like that?
The pics of the two crowns--the left one is one I consider "normal" and the right one is the one that looks a little "off". I lightened one of the pics trying to show some detail.
It looks like it's counterbored. Does the rifling abruptly stop an inch or inch and a half from the muzzle of the gun? If so, it's a counterbore. No worries, it probably needed it and should have any affect on accuracy. I have a counterbored 1944 Izhevsk sniper, and it holds a very tight group @ 100 yds.
I have to agree with the others, it sure looks counterbored to me. If it is not counterbored, I cannot imagine a scenario where the rifle would shoot accurately. Does the rifling go all the way to the crown? Have you done a "bullet" test?
I'm guessing counterbored, also. In any case, it's a beautiful specimen and needs to be shot! It's not impossible that it's a very accurate rifle. (ETA: We were typing at the same time. I still think you should shoot it and it will likely be fine.)