I will purchase my first firearm in a couple of months (I have only rented riffles in a youth program in my local range and own an air pellet riffle) and I am considering the Mosin Magant. I come to the conclusion it is all I will ever need. Hunting? A deer stands no chance to the 7.62X54R. Home security? Five round magazine,I only need one. Maintenance? Its simplistic bolt action and design allows for easy cleaning and adjustments. Reliability? It has been used for decades and is still a popular riffle. Price and availability? Cheep and mass produced. Ammo? Excellent caliber for a very low price. Range? 300 yards is all I will ever need. I think this one is it.