You have yourself a very useful little rifle there. I have wondered about leaving the bolt handle of a Milsurp rilfe straight. It could make it faster to work but I always wondered if it would be too different from my other rifles. I have a Swedish Mauser project that I am near finishing. It has the military barrel cut to 18.5 with a Redfield rear and a Williams fire froint, the metal has all been parkerized. My idea is to maybe just keep it unscoped, as sort of a rainy day gun. The stock is an after market sporter that would have been pretty except whoever began the project must have started inletting it with a chainsaw. It is going to have a lot of glass showing and I am still trying to decide whether to try to oil finish it or just paint it. I put a Timney Sportsman trigger in it. It is right at 39 inches over all if I don't cut a little off the stock which I may.
It is not nor ever will be a true Scout but I have had some fun trying decide what to call it It could be Euro Scout of Swede P Scout or something of the like. When I get it running I may just screw a Weaver base on the barrel so that I can put a Scout scope on it.
My Son and I tried out a friend's steel target range on the way home from deer hunting the other day The targets are about 8" x 12" with the long gong somewhat bigger. They start at a hundred yards and go on out to a little past 3 hundred judging by where I had to hold to hit it. I cannot wait to get back with some other rifles including an iron sighted one to see if my old eyes are still up to the task.
I will work toward posting some photos of the Swede as soon as I get it done.
I would just encourage you guys reading this to go ahead and post and try to keep things interesting around here, sometimes it's way to long with nobody saying nothin'.