I posted this question over on weaponeer.net but it seems to be getting side tracked with people suggesting I should buy a SG-43 Goryunov. However I would like eaither a Maxim or Vickers due to the historical significance. So I was wondering which is the easier build and once built which one is the better quality. I know basically they are the same design with the vickers being a "updated" version of the Maxim.
The vickers parts and parts kit are more readily available and the 303 barrel and lock can be converted to fire the 7.62x54 Russian steel cased ammo. Maxim parts are very very hard to find and are very expensive when compared to the vickers parts. I have both and the Vickers has Class--real class.