I would never look down on someone carrying or shooting an inexpensive rifle/scope combo.
One of my first rifles, and I took my first deer with it, was a milsurp 7x57mm Chilean 1912 Mauser. I still have that rifle. Highly recommend that or a Swedish Mauser in 6.5x55 as a possible first gun. I've seen folks in the deer woods with Mosins also. Don't discount the milsurp supply.
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