Re: What should you pay for a MN 44 with a bright bore?
Mosin-Nagant for the reloader can be a problem and the result is poor accuracy.
It seems that 7.62 mm is not the same as 30 caliber for bullets at least as used in the 7.62 x 54R cartridge. The guns vary a lot and you really have to slug the barrel to know what you got. The bore size can vary up to 0.314 inches, way beyond 30 caliber. My M-N requires 303 Brit bullets, which are 0.312 inches not 30 caliber 0.308 inches. So poor accuracy could be ammo related.
Also the trigger can be terrible. Mine and my son-in-laws were way over 7 lbs. I, of course, fixed that and got them to about 4.5 lbs with a little gun smithing. These guns are rather crude and it sometimes takes a file and a hammer to get them right. Once the trigger pull is down and you add a scope, these M-N are a match for most modern bolt guns if the ammo is good. At least that's our experience hitting steel animal sized targets out to over 500 yds repeatedly.
For a beautifully made military bolt gun it is hard to beat a Mauser or the Swiss K31. But the M-N sure are inexpensive.