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I have been waiting for a pretty long time for a shop by me to get a new case in so I can go through them.

I look at it like this they are what they are a cool old 100+ dollar war rifle that will do the job. Not the best but for the price you can't beat them.

The white death used a non-scoped variation of the Mosin (m28 or m28/30) and said he preferred and used it over a scoped Swedish Mauser that had been given to him.
Simo Häyhä - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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He's credited as being the all-time sniper champ with over 400 kills.
Wrong.

That title goes to Simo Häyhä (The White Death) with 505 confirmed (542+ with unconfirmed added) sniper kills in less then 100 days at a time of year that they only had about 5 to 6 hours of light a day. He was also said to have killed 200+ with a K31 SMG in the same 100 day time frame for a total of over 700.

Take a look at the link I put in my last post.


Vasily Zaytsev used one for his first 34 kills. After that he was awarded a snipers rifle but I haven't been able to figure out what it was.
I believe It was also a Mosin Nagant just in sniper form instead of standard issue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zajcev_rifle.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vasily.Zaitsev.jpg

Lyudmila Pavlichenko The best Female sniper was also said to have used a Mosin 91/30.

http://www.vincelewis.net/sniper.html

A lot of good snipers have used Mosin Nagants.
 

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The rifles were still packed in the cosmoline and oil paper from when the were manufactured in 1953 and sealed in the box.
Are you sure it was NEW? Just because it was in a sealed crate covered in cosmoline does not mean it is new by any means. That is how they packed them up after they where done using the rifiles to preserve them.

To this day they come in sealed crates with 10 rifles packed in cosmoline and they are far from new.
 
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