I have a 91/30 Mosin Nagant that I want to take long shots with. The plot of land where my friends and I shoot has at least a few hundred yards of range and I would like to take full advantage of that by putting a scope on the Mosin. The primary application of the scope would be target shooting at high ranges, 250+ yards. Any hunting I do with the rifle, and really any shooting below 100 yards, I would likely just use the iron sights.
For scopes, I honestly don't know what to make of the massive amount of them out there. Brands, magnifications, not to mention there are a few different places on the Mosin where one can put a rail. Guidance from experience would be greatly appreciated!
Speaking of rails, I found a rail that I'm interested in because it leaves the iron sights usable and does not require modification of the bolt. Link below:
Does anybody have an opinion on this or mounts like it? I'm a bit nervous about having the bolt modified for a sideways handle, and I absolutely am not willing to compromise the original wood stock (Mine is a slightly darker color than my friends' Mosins, almost a cherry color, and I am absolutely in love with it) in order to fit a sideways handle.
I am told there are some ways of mounting a sideways handle that don't require modification of the stock, but as far as I'm concerned that requires buying a second bolt, and if I can avoid that expense then so much the better. Would there be any scopes to stay away from if I put the rail that far forward, or conversely any scopes that would be ideal for that position?
My friends and I fire a relatively cheap spam can ammo, and if anybody knows of anything that offers particular increases in accuracy while still being relatively inexpensive, that would be wonderful too.