yes, but these old bolt-actions (or old firearms in general are all over the place in how good they shoot. Or how they react when the barrel gets hot. You can draw a lucky one, you can draw one you can only pray to hit something. Or a buggered up SMLE, because someone put his paws on it not knowing about how the barrel was mounted in the stock and mucking up the carefully placed pressure and stress.
edit: and not to forget the often horrible scopes back then. fogging, not water tight, breaking...
But wiht todays manufacturing, stress relieved barrel and free floated and reliable optics, yes the shooter is the more limiting factor.
Edited by Panzermann, 13 October 2018 - 0614 AM.