i don't mind cleaning after shooting even the extra work for corrosive ammo. you are 100% right about the nagants beating your shoulder up (maybe it's that metal buttplate). nearly every good gun nowadays cost some coin, so the price isn't that big of a deal. if you think about it the cost of the gun is much less than the cost of the ammo over the life of gun, and since i got a good deal and the ammo years ago it should balance out. i had hope that somebody had one i could try out first or at least a first hand review.I've got a boatload of 54r I just hate cleaning my PSL. And the Nagants beat you up too quick. VEPR is a good choice..
id love one but cringe to spend that kinda cash on an AK type right now
If you like the caliber 7.62x54r, try a PSL.