Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: 3 miles NW of Brownells retail store and they keep me broke!
There are several Zastava 98s for sale right now on gunbroker. Last I looked there was a 308. 7mm mag, a 243 and an 06. all in the $400 range. I had to use restraint or I would have owned one of the 243s.
That being said, I have 2 of the TC Compass rifles and they both shoot around 3/4 inch groups with anything. They are well made for the money and as you eluded to brother-in-law proof!
Depending how far out of alignment they are and if the threads in those hole are good. I have bought blank scope base stock from Brownells and then drilled the holes off center in blank to make them center on the rifle. Heck back when US Repeating Arms first bought out Winchester it was common for them to come from the factory with the rear holes out of line with the front. So much that there often wasn't enough adjustment in the scope to make up the difference. For a short while Winchester shipped their model 70's with Leupold 2 piece bases so that you could use the lock down screws on the rear base to center the scope with the bore.