Everything I've read about this rifle is that they're a fantastic bang for the buck, with good accuracy. Any real downsides to these? Factor in that i'm less experienced with firearms as well.
They're a lot of fun and as stated ammo is dirt cheap. The only centerfire cartridges I don't handload for are the 7.62x54R and the 7.62x39, it's just not cost effective for me to load those 2 cartridges. The only downside I can see to the Mosin is they usually tend to shoot a bit high but there is a way to fix that. Recoil can be a bit punishing if you shoot it off the bench at all so my suggestion would be one of the PAST magnum recoil pads for sighting in. Off hand shooting, recoil is not bad at all. Pick yourself up a 91/30 and a couple of spam cans of ammo and start burning up some ammo. Just make sure you clean it thoroughly after shooting the corrosive spam can ammo.