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I own one and as much as I like how it handles / shoots I feel its to fragile for my play-style.

Reliability: Excellent after a bit of tightening the grub screws and fixing the barrel wobble. Regarding the barrel wobble, I think if you are handy with metal or wood you could attach the front section of the gun to the main receiver and make it much sturdier, I just don't want to put the time and effort into the design I don't like.

Quality: The receiver and bolt is a huge chunk of metal. The trigger sear is a little weak and I wouldn't trust it with anything higher than the stock spring, could be replaced if you order from (http://airsoftpro.cz/eshop/index.php)

The best part about it is that it can used AEG springs and AEG buckings without any modification. Saves you a ton on rifle TB and "special" sniper rifle hop-up sets.

I put a 650mm Madbull 6.03 NewV. and a Madbull 60 Degree bucking and it shot extremely well with the stock spring with .25's and .30's. There is really a lack of after market parts in the US for it currently. Unless you order from http://airsoftpro.cz/eshop/index.php who have made their own line of SVD parts which I hear are fantastic and are well worth the money and the wait(3-5weeks). To be honest I just think its the AK style design that kills it for me. I prefer the traditional bolt action movement instead of the back and forth cocking of the bolt.

If you put the time and effort into it you'll end up with a good end product it just depends if you like the design.

On a side note, I am trying to sell my SVD right now to fund my Tanaka project so if you're interested let me know :)
 

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I had to rebuild two of these in the past three months.

Out-of-the-box, they're not too shabby. Loud, yes, and not the most consistent rifle I've ever handled, but solid enough. None of the SVDs I worked on had any wobbles, though that would definitely be something to check.

Stock spring is good for ~525/.2g once you fix the airseal issues.
I turned down the cylinder head so the nozzle had an extra .225" to engage the hopup chamber. This makes a world of difference in the performance of the weapon. With a good O-ring and a decent bucking/barrel, you should be able to engage targets out to 250' or better.

All in all, it's one of the least expensive options for a decent sniper rifle, provided you have access to a lathe or a buddy that does.

rifle-$140
TBB-$70 (prometheus)
bucking-$17 (Prometheus soft)
scope/mount-$120 (Matrix PSO scope)
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Total: $347 plus shipping
 

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Hey are prommy soft even good? I know systemas are good but hmmmm. You could also save money on the scope with a Ak scope rail but it will look off. Or custom make a dustcover rail like I did for free. Don`t forget a prommy m150 for a better spring.
 

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Hey are prommy soft even good? I know systemas are good but hmmmm. You could also save money on the scope with a Ak scope rail but it will look off. Or custom make a dustcover rail like I did for free. Don`t forget a prommy m150 for a better spring.
Prometheus soft buckings are excellent for heavier ammunition at any field-legal velocity. I personally prefer them to Systema buckings, and have had far better luck with their performance.

I'm sure you could use an AK rail or mod your dust cover, but bear in mind that the AK rail might not match the dovetail on the side of the receiver, as they are not 100% identical.

Furthermore, your dust cover is held in place by tabs at the front, and can shift side to side by .030" or better. While that does not sound like much, a .030" tolerance over 6" (arbitrary length, rough distance between dust cover tabs and solid latch at the back) would translate to a 15" shift in POA at 250', which is enough to miss the target completely at that range.

The stock spring can net you 2.5j or better with good airseal(~525/.2g), and the sears are a known weak link. Upgrade the spring at your own risk. Truly, it's not necessary if your field has a 550fps cap.
 

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If you get the steel sear from the site mentioned above, it will NEVER wear out using the stock piston. I had a Systema 400% spring in mine (very strong) and the piston started wearing over time. The sear stayed pretty much brand new. They also make a steel piston for this purpose. I definitely recommend that web site. I wish I still had my SVD so I could buy their re-designed hop-up unit to test out.
 
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