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.
I would just get another gun if you want to hunt with it. You can find a bubbaed Mauser already drilled and tapped. Just use the irons so you dont mess up a nice gun.
Mauser M-48 Issue SOLVED
After all this time, I finally took care of this. I mounted an Aimpoint Comp C3 on the underlying scout mount. Now...you saw the pictures of the rifle before, with the 20x scope on the cantilever.
Photo.jpg shows the rifle at my dealer's with the scope removed and the cantilever base on. The next two photos show the Aimpoint mounted. You can see also that the cheek piece is also gone. I don't need it anymore.
I also bore sighted it differently this time -- no fancy laser. I pulled the bolt out lined up the bore with the target and looked down, then set the dot and fired test shots as appropriate, using the Lead Sled and 25 lbs. of weight. Satisfied that I was sighted in, I then set the rifle up as you see in the photos....on a sandbag sitting on my ammo can. I was able to achieve 3-inches dead center at 100 yards. Mind you, I had the dot intensity dialed up too high and the dot was covering the entire target.
That did not serve me well at 300, so I need to work on my 300 yd shots.
With the Aimpoint, I can get a proper cheek weld and not have to position my head just right to line up with a scope. I don't need a comb raiser. I can use stripper clips again. I can enjoy and use the rifle without modifying it or doing machine work to it. And I can still put the iron rear sight back in if I so choose. This was a rather costly solution, but the right one for this rifle. Now, it's a pleasure to shoot.
The 20x scope will go on another bolt action rifle which is pre-drilled and tapped. All I'll need is a Weaver base. to attach the rings.
I also finally got my FAL and it can be seen next to the M-48 in one of the photos.