I just picked up a Ted Williams Sears branded Model 94 and I love it. Scoping would not be easy and would probably ruin the gun's balance. As it is, I am going to put a peep sight on it and call it good.
To me, it shoulders better and carries better than the Marlin or Mossberg. I too would look at the used market before anything off the shelf.
It's a shame all my guns were with Trapp's...