Son, if your choice is a used FN Mauser in .270 vs a cheap gun such as a Mossberg 4x4 or a Marlin XL7 in .30-06, you should strongly reconsider the FN. As another poster mentioned, after a few years of handling guns, if you don't get the FN, you will be very upset with yourself. If you do get the FN, you will say to yourself "wow, I can't believe I almost bought a new 4x4 or XLT instead of this. I sure dodged a bullet there!" Seriously, it's not a matter of preference, it's a matter of real-world differences in quality. These guns are not even in the same category, and if you can find one for $400, you should get it.