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svd is it worth the 800$$

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by raiden654, Sep 17, 2008.

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  1. raiden654

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    is it worth the 800 greenbacks.(what i call dollar bills) i dont know anyting about it and before i even think about buying i want to know how easy it is to get ammo and clips so long as i have the $$$
     
  2. mbpautz762

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    if it's a True Russian SVD, heck yeah! I think they go for several thousand dollars in good condition. more likely, it's a PSL or FPK (?), in which case $800 seems about right. check out http://www.dragunov.net for more information on the differences between the types.

    I love the dragunov design, and always thought it would be a cool addition to a collection, but just can't part with that much money for one. as far as the ammo, it shoots 7.62x54r, one of the cheapest and easiest to find calibers. you can buy military surplus for VERY cheap, although it's corrosive, so you'd need to clean your barrel soon after shooting to avoid pitting. you can also buy new manufacture, non-corrosive ammo through companies like Wolf or PRVI for about 12-15 bucks a box of 20.
     
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    if it comes with the scope , then yes. and if it is a real russian, I will beat you to buying it right now...
     
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    $800 for an SVD is price gouging! You should be able to get one for $300 or so. Give me this guys name and adress so I can give him a talking to.
     
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    LOL. You do your profile name, justice.
     
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    So-so accuracy... After you scare 'em with the first shot, you can shoot another at the place where they just was...

    Spend that money on a bolt rifle.
     
  7. Byte

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    Yeah at that price I'll eat my hat if it's a true SVD. Then I'll sneak in and buy it out from under you! :cool: It's most likely a PSL and at $800 that's a great price if it's in new or near new condition.

    Sadly, merchants know that they can take advantage of peoples general lack of gun knowledge and their unwillingness to do their due diligence. Sad state of affairs. Lucky for you, you have us to help keep you safe.

    Byte

    PS This won't be a 1600 meter gun either... ;)
     
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    troll
     
  9. Coronach

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    SVD or PSL?

    If it's an SVD, something is wrong, either with the rifle or the seller, or with you for waiting. ;)

    It's probably a PSL, and IMHO, no, not worth it. But that's just my preference.

    Mike
     
  10. Golden Hound

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    Half of the listings if not 3/4 of them of PSLs on Gunbroker say that they're SVDs or "Dragunovs." Whether this is out of ignorance or a deliberate attempt to trick the buyer, I can't say. But genuine Dragunovs, or the Chinese copies of them, are rare as hen's teeth. You can always tell by two things: a real SVD will have a one-piece fore-grip (whereas the PSL's is like an extended version of the AK-47's) and it will have vertical lines on the magazine (the PSL's mag has a big X instead.)
     
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    I own one, and IMO, they're only worth it if you're a big fan of AK's or eastern bloc weapons or you're just looking for a 7.62x54R semi-auto. Mine hasn't been particularly accurate and it wasn't even all that reliable until I went through it and polished up all the rough spots.
     
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    I'm thinking you will find out it's an "SVT"-40.
    The price is in the right ball park for a mis-matched one.
     
  13. PercyShelley

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    The SVD also has a longer gap between the trigger guard and the magazine.
     
  14. Coronach

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    SVT? I hadn't considered that. I would buy an SVT before I'd buy a PSL.

    Mike
     
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    What does the SVT have over the PSL? The PSL to me seems tougher, but I defer to your extensive experience.
     
  16. Golden Hound

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    The SVT is more of a collector's item as it is an older rifle, made in Russia and used during World War II, and they are no longer produced, where as PSLs are dime a dozen.
     
  17. Coronach

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    Yeah, the PSL is an SVD clone. IMO, an inferior, significantly different, more common version of the SVD. The SVT is a semi-auto rifle from WWII, kind of like the Soviet's M1 Garand. Despite having a similar initialism, it is not at all related to the SVD.

    Mike
     
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    That is more an ammo problem though. If you shoot decent match grade ammo through them, they are capable of much better.
     
  19. raiden654

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    so the acuracys is ok but not great ok and the ammo is easy to get ahold of but i should clean barrel ok what about PSL hows its stats?
     
  20. Coronach

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    Let's not get the cart ahead of the horse. You first need to figure out what you have. I'm pretty certain that you do NOT have an SVD. You're about 2 grand shy of real SVD prices.

    You MAY have a Tigr, which is a commercial copy of the SVD. IF it's a Tigr, it is a great price.

    You MAY have a PSL. If it is a PSL, it's a good price.

    You MAY have an SVT. If it is an SVT, you're about the going rate, depending on condition and specifics like matching parts, etc.

    The SVT is nothing like the SVD, Tigr or PSL. It's a completely different rifle. The SVD and the Tigr are "designated marksman" style rifles built off of a common receiver. The PSL is a combloc rifle built to perform the same role, but is built off of a different receiver (closer to the AK than the SVD). SVDs and PSLs have good accuracy, considering what they are. They are not "sniper" rifles. They're designed to provide an infantry unit with the ability to put accurate fire on a target at a range in excess of the practical accuracy range of the AK. So, if you're expecting sub MOA groups from any of them, get used to disappointment. If you expect torso shots at 500 yds, you're probably good.

    Mike
     
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    The PSL is the issued DMR for the Romanian Army. It is NOT and SVD copy, and in fact has very little to do with the real SVD. It uses a rotating Kalashnikov bolt, but that is where the similarities end.

    The PSL with the scope and 3 mags should be about $800 right now. They are a 2/3 MOA gun.

    If it is a Russian Tiger carbine (the civilian SVD then you are getting a screaming deal. If you dont want it let me know I will take it. The Tiger has a shorter barrel and usually is found with a wood stock and poly forends.

    I can say with near certainty that it is not a real Russian military SVD. I have one (there were 100 or so imported) and I just turned down an offer for $11,000 for mine.

    If I can help out with any other questions please let me know. I have owned most of the AK variants at one time or another (and still have a bunch on the wall) including SVD's and PSL's.
     
  22. raiden654

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    i took another look at it its an actual SVD but the barrels totally ****.(must be the corosive ammo i was told about) everything else is good but i'm not keeping the wood stock it has i'm gonna get a non wood one that i think looks good and will last after i fix this barrel problem of mine.i dont know how that will end out but i got a freind who is an amature gunsmith who seems to be getting real good.maybe he can help me out. only 1 clip though.
     
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    Got pic?
     
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  25. raiden654

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    no camera and i'm out of cash so maybe in a few paychecks is i dont spend it on stuff i dont need.like video games
     
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