Great info guys thank you. I'm looking at a few videos on free floating the barrel, it seems easy enough. I'm also looking at some different ammo to try out. Brown Bear has an inexpensive soft point round that is 203gr. Also would like to try something else that's lighter to see what my rifle prefers. My trigger is stiff as hell on the Mosin, but I don't really want to mess with it since I have basically no experience in doing so.
Also, I'm told that the shots will be at or inside about 100 yards so If I manage to be accurate with either gun at 100 yards i'll feel pretty confident about which one to take.