So I purchased a Mosin Nagant 91/30. I like it. I liked it so much I bought a scope/mount/rings for it and Duracoated it. The problem is that it was inaccurate as hell.
I tried sighting it in at 25 yards, and I wasn't hitting paper. Finally at 20-30 FEET from a rest, I was hitting inconsistent clusters but I noticed the shots were keyholing. That's when I went to a buddy with a borescope. He showed me the ring of distorted rifling about an inch or so in from muzzle.
He referred to it as "ringing the barrel" and said it happens when you shoot through an obstruction. The barrel wasn't bulged, so he figures it was something soft such as dirt or ice or not a complete obstruction.
In any event, the rifle is not, nor will she ever be, a shooter.
I called up SFRC to see if they would swap out the barrel/receiver and initially, their stance was that surplus is as/is. I told Ryan that while I understand surplus is used (sometimes, badly), this is not wear and tear but a bad product.
He agreed to take it back and swap it out. Then I told him about the stock. He came up with a satisfactory alternative: he quoted me a very good price on a different Mosin and I keep both. By the time shipping gets factored into things, it isn't a bad deal, and I have a parts gun.
Bottom line: this could have been ugly but Ryan was very reasonable and a fair person to deal with. Assuming the new rifle is decent (I don't even care about the accessory bits...), I'm happy.