So I am getting ready for hunting season and going through my options. I'll have to whack a deer with my new K-31 Schmidt-Rubin, since it has not been "blooded" yet and it sits in the gun safe at night weeping about it. But I like hunting with a scout rifle. I have built a few scout rifles in the best Johnny Cash tradition..."One piece at a time." Except for caliber, this one comes the closest to Jeff Cooper's ideal.
The 94 Swede carbine was already bubba-ized when I got it so I didn't feel bad about further bubba-ization. It already had an adjustable rear Redfield target peep sight on the receiver bridge. The front sight from an old 8mm Mauser barrel happened to fit just right around the barrel of the Swede. Scope mount is the XS Sight Systems barrel mount (then called Ashley Outdoors), which is my favorite of the scout mounts but it is only offered for the Mauser, Lee-Enfield, and the lever-action Marlins. Scope is a NC Star fixed 4x with the illuminated reticle. I was always going to replace it with a "better" (more expensive) scope, but I have not had any problems with it in eight years. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Stock is the Choate. I really like them. Glass-filled fiberglass with a soft crinkle exterior. VERY light in weight. This one is the 95-96 Mauser model. All of mine have required a bit of cutting and filing for an exact fit. That is not such a bad thing. I was able to modify a 98 Mauser Choate to fit my wife's 03A3 Springfield scout. My own cammo paint job that I call "High Sage Drifter". Ching sling is by Langois Leather. Good quality product. Someday, I may go with the Millet flush sling studs and quick-detach "hammerhead" swivels but, once again, if it ain't broke...You can't see it, but the Swede also has a Timney Sportsman after-market trigger. Most of mine do. A good trigger is a great boon to good shooting.
Length is 38-1/4 inches and weight is only 7-1/4 pounds empty, with sling. I plan to follow this same recipe for a 98 Mauser scout in .30-06, since my wife permanently "borrowed" the Springfield 03A3 scout.
The only "problem" is that it is not in the sacred .308 caliber. That doesn't bother me. The 6.5x55mm Swede is a very nice caliber noted for its accuracy and high ballistic coefficient. I use the 100-grain Nosler for antelope and coyote (overkill on the latter, but I just can't seem to get real accuracy out of the 85-grain bullets). Then I use the 140-graain Nosler for bigger stuff, mainly deer. I consider it marginal for elk, but know of two guys who have been quite successful on wapiti with this caliber and those wacky Scandinavians have been knocking down moose for decades with 'em. Hornady has a 160-grain, but it's a round nose, but I see Sierra is now offering a 160-grain soft point I may take for a spin the next time I order bullets.