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.