From my and a few friends experiences living in gun hating NY bear with me as there a few things to post.
I had a Mauser FR-8 for a while. Picked it up when they coming in at $175. Took about 2 years until the accessories/ tools (sling, sight & maintenance tools etc.) came into the country. It shot good but was a bit brutal on recoil. I was gonna do it up all "Scout like" and what not but after figuring things out money wise, I bought a Steyr Scout in .308 , a bunch of mags never looked back & learned that gun well. Maybe it was the stock on the FR-8 but I never had an issue with the Scout in the same caliber. I sold it (FR8) recently to free up some money, it was box stock and by this time I had all the tools /accessories for it and the collector I sold it to was thrilled. Parts breakage on this rifle would have been a showstopper but then again will probably be the same until Steyr sells repair parts OTC from Midway or Brownells.
I had a Winchester 94(?) in 30-30 I bought when i lived non-gun NYC. I went nuts buying ammo for it in every type of round I could find. Mounted a 3x9 scope, either Leopold or Nikon on it and it was so-so in accuracy dept but it only needed to be MOT (Minute of Thug) . It took a while to run it right and there were no way near the optic, stock etc options around then as there are today. Its viable in these environments as most people don't even see that type of gun as a threat...yet! For some inane reason , when sheep see black polymer they get nervous. Get a laminated wood stock in some bright and cheerful colors and all is well! I kept this gun after leaving NYC but eventually sold it to fund other things. I regret it as it was fun and practical too! If something broke on this I think I could repair it myself although I never had issue with it so I'll never know.
My good friend in NYC bought a Rem 7600 in .308 for HD right around LA Riots. He had an 870 since he was 10 and knew his way around it. The 7600 gave him headaches since day one so he sold it and picked up an Rem 7400 autoloader. I advised against it as Id heard from a few guys that theres were for shit in reliability , accuracy etc. Well his worked well after breaking in and worked until it failed when he was deer hunting in PA and missed a nice buck. He never figured out what went wrong and even a trip back to the factory didn't reveal anything. Luckily he brought a 1911 in his stand that day to annoy any black bears that decided they wanted to try Italian that day! He never had faith in the rifle after that so back to his tried and true 870s.
Writing this pisses me off in regards to that OP has to even worry about this, I mean WTF do "they" (read dumb fuck politicians) really think there going to accomplish with shit laws and regs? Alright off my soap box...