For all around balance of affordability, serviceability and just plain old fun to shoot, the Mosin's are really hard to beat. 7.62x54r is plenty to take down just about anything you are going to hunt in North America. Ammo is easy to find and the gun is built so simply that any one with fingers could service it.
I've done some reloads with 150gr cast bullets sitting on 11.5gr of unique that were mouse fart loads and they shot very well. For a beginning shooter it would be like shooting .22lr.
NM M1A, HK Mk 23, Benelli M4, Ar-15 Lower,
CZ 2075 RAMI (P) 9mm, Barrett MRAD .338LM
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