Originally Posted by 777funk
I had a Mosin Nagant for a while and could get 2" groups at 100 yards with surp ammo, an ATI scope mount, and a cheap BSA 22LR scope shooting from a truck hood resting on a boat cushion. The one deer I shot with that gun went down without one step. This year I missed one with the Mosin at 175 yards or so and bad quality SP hunting ammo.
I have moved on from that and it's time to build or buy something a little better. I'd like to either buy a Savage or Mauser and shoot it as is and build from there if I'm not satisfied. I don't mind working on my own stuff but I'm not a gun-smith either. It seems like with the right jig a scope mount can be drilled and tapped on the Mauser. I don't really plan on using irons on either but that could change if I can learn to shoot them safely/accurately for hunting at 200 yards. I still would prefer a scope. I don't like wounding anything.
What is going to be the better route to go? Cost still counts on my budget.
If you are going to do it your self on most of what you can do the savage is probably the easest.
The Remington 700 has more choices of accessories (Stocks,triggers ETC)by three to one
Base price is close to the same. The Mauser's make great rifles but require more smithing to
make them accurate and usable (Such as drilling the reciever for scope mounts).Also stocks
are getting harder to find.
The Savage is best for the do it yourself type because you can change barrels/calibers within
limits yourself with a minimum of tools (Barrel wrench and Head space gauge).
Hope this helps.
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