Gosh, we're in December now and well....I have not resolved much of anything with this rifle in all this time. A lot of personal matters kept me away from it, but now I can deal with it.
Accu-Mount Cantilever -- WAY TOO HIGH
Basically -- eldogg to answer your question first -- I'm going to pull off the scope and the cantilever portion of the Accumount. It is simply too high -- way too high up and you can see this in the photos I have attached. If I plant my cheek firmly on that stock -- and that's with the 1/2-inch cheek piece -- the scope almost 2 inches above my eye! How I even got 5-inch groups at 300 yd -- even with a bench rest -- is a miracle.
This is not to say Accumount is a bad product -- just don't use the cantilever.
No Drill and Tap, No New Stocks, No Barrel Clamp Mounts
So, with the cantilever and scope off, I'll leave the underlying scout mount. I'm not going to drill and tap this rifle, because that job involves a lot more than drilling and tapping. It means destroying and rebuilding the bolt, and modifying the safety. I could use an ATI stock, but look at the wood on this. No way. And the ATI barrel clamp mount requires modifying the wood. I'm not doing that.
So...with the underlying scout mount, it's either going to be an Aimpoint Comp C3 2 MOA red dot, or a 2-7 pistol/scout scope.
Aimpoint or Scout Scope?
I'm leaning toward the Aimpoint right now, because a friend experienced with the pistol scopes told me they always shoot off center -- high and to the left and you have to compensate all the time. A 2-MOA dot is 6 inches at 300 yd. Fed. 170 grain drops 22 inches at 300 with a 100-yd. zero. So 3 - 4 "dots" above center with the Aimpoint should get me centered.
A really good pistol scope -- not the junk brands like BSA and NC Star, but something halfway decent -- like a Bushnell costs up to $300. If I'm going to have to drop that kind of money, I might as well go for the Aimpoint. It will fit the mount and stay low to the mount. I can pull that blasted cheek piece off. I can mash my cheek into the stock because the Aimpoint does not change focus, parallax, etc. like a scope does. As long as I can see the dot, I'm in business.
So, that's what I'm leaning toward now. As for the scope, I bought QD rings and when my FAL finally arrives (yep, I'm still waiting for that), the scope will go on the QD rings and get plopped on the FAL. Ultimately, I might get an M1A and move the scope to that, then put an EOTech with Mako 7x magnifier on the FAL, but that's later on.