I am conducting my own research on this, but is there a way to mount a decent scope to this gun, without altering the receiver?
I do not wish to deface nor to modify the basic gun.
There are no-gunsmith mounts for near any military rifle.
As a rule they seem to be rube goldberg outfits.
On a bolt gun the bolt handle isnt bent to clear a scope so you have to mount it too high
there is no provision for a scope mount so you end up attaching it with clamps and screws in the rear site base, or some darn thing.
An '03 is a tough rifle that you can throw down the hill without hurting it.
Put a scope on it and now its delicate.
Now that i tried to put a scope on a half dozen mililary rifles i say dont do it.
Let the 1903 be what it is. If you want / need a scoped rifle then buy a sporter. Possibly a 98 mauser that someone sporterized...pawnshops etc have them pretty cheap coz they arent that popular.