My dad gave me his Mannlicher 30-06. It is a beautiful rifle, made in Austria, and in mint condition. I am thinking of putting a side mount scope on it since I will not drill any holes in the rifle for standard scopes. It came tapped for a rear ring mount, but the front ring used rings that screwed together and was installed under the barrell by taking out the stock. In the 1970 Firearms Almanac they cost $15 to $30. Now they are like $300 a piece from Austria.
The rifle can also take a side mounted scope. Since i refuse to drill any holes in the gun, I was able to purchase a G&H side mount from a great guy in Chicago for a good price. It is a bit too large since it was for another Mannlicher rifle. I need it milled down to fit the rifle. Is this a big deal to get done? G&H wants $100 just to mill down the plate and $160 to mount the side scope and another charge to install a scope and sight it in. Any ideas since I want to maintain the integrity of the rifle. I use it for target shooting.