So, I think I've mentioned many times that my grandfather gave me a sporterized mauser 98k (swazticas and everything) for graduation that I hunt with to this day. Favorite gun of all time and will never be listed here, but.... I then picked up a never fired 1943 mosin nagant 91/30. It was cheap and I was always curious how something in a somewhat useful caliber could be so cheap. After cleaning it up two things became very apparent to me. One was that as ugly as this thing was, it was a damn good shooter. The second was that it was so obvious comparing the engineering and tooling between that mauser and the mosin of where techonology was at that time in those countries. The mauser so refined, smooth, tight tolerances, so well made. The mosin, grind marks everywhere, corners cut where ever possible, but what held it together was a simple design that was impossible to screw up. I'm a history buff, and know where these two countries were at the time the rifles were made, and they each reflect it. So now I am getting into collecting battle rifles. I have a great Mak-90 that is unfired and being put back to AK configuration, but that's it (aside from the two previously mentioned). Wondering what rifles you guys think should be added. Keep in mind the budget is not infinite. It takes a hell of a lot for me to pony up more than $1000 for anything. Obviously, I need to get a large ring Mauser 98k, because my .270 win is not to mil-spec. I have some in mind, but would like to see what you guys think needs to be at the top of the list. How about each person give me their top three. Should be fun.