I have a brand-new Norinco SKS that was given to me by my father. He had it for many years but had never taken it out of the box or fired it. It was a gift to him from his ex-wife (one of them) and he never used it because he prefers his AR-15. So, I'm going to get into deer hunting (either this year or, more than likely, next year) and I was planning to buy another rifle to deer hunt with. In Missouri, we hunt whitetail and its in the woods so most of the shooting is done within 100 yards. Several people have told me that the SKS is suitable for hunting, as long as I outfit it with a scope. There are literally TONS of SKS accessories out there. I'm sure most of them aren't worth my time but as a new and inexperienced shooter/hunter I have some questions for you pros out there about outfitting my SKS for hunting whitetail: 1. Should I even bother? I could spend the money scoping and accessorizing the SKS for hunting, OR I could buy a decent hunting rifle package from Mossberg or Remington and have two rifles: one for pleasure and the other for business. Which of the two options is less stupid? 2. If I do choose to hunt with the SKS, what accessories should I get? And be specific...don't just say "you need a scope". Yeah, I know . With the scope, should I get one of the ever-popular cover mount scopes? Or get a stock with a rail over the hand-guard and mount a long eye-relief scope forward of the reciever (I believe that is called the scout position, but I may be wrong). I'm leaning towards the latter option, but this will place the scope more than four inches from where my eye will be and that is well out of the eye-relief range of most of the scopes I've found (which tend to be 3 to 4 inches). Will this be a problem? 3. If I do get a second rifle to hunt with, what should I get? I am not looking to spend more that $500 out of the gate on a first time hunting rifle. And that includes the scope. Down the line I will probably upgrade to something fancier but this hunt will be my first. Any and all help will be appreciated.