Mosins, along with other surplus rifles, are often somewhat looked down upon due to unfair comparison. I can't count the number of times I've seen a Mosin loaded with the cheapest surplus ammo made in who-know-where and stored in god-knows-what conditions compared to a U.S. made rifle loaded with premium, new-production ammo or carefully assembled handloads. When loaded with ammo of comparable quality, Mosins are usually more than capable of holding their own against all of their contemporaries and many newere, more modern rifles.
Smith, and Wesson, and Me. -H. Callahan
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