AAC say's it is similar to a .30-30, so I think you are stretching the realistic distance for hunting anything. A man sized target at 440 yards is considered max w/ a 16" barrel. That is not a p-dog or 9" kill shot on a whitetail. It is a 5'8" high, 2.5' target. It says ballistics match the 7.62x39, so w/ that in mind about 200 yards will end it's accurate precision range w/ a 16" barrel. A simple 4x32mm scope will do well.
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