Agreed. I set an original budget of 200-225$ but quickly realized if you want less problems and something good you need to go at least 300. At least.
If you've waited this long to play you can wait a little while longer to save up and get something worth getting.
You can cheap out on gear and some other things but everything for your rifle, imo, should be really good quality. Well good enough quality that it won't cause you any major issues, especially during a game.
Without your gun you're useless so might as well make sure your little baby is going to do the job you want it to.
Here we are again bro -just you and me. Same kind of moon same kind of jungle. Real number 10 remember? Whole platoon, 32 men chopped into meat... We walk out just you and me, nobody else. Right on top huh? Not a scratch... Not a fuckin' scratch... - Sgt.Mac, Predator