The truth of the matter is (for me) that I haven't seen any real practicality, reliability nor accuracy surge of any significance out of today's modern manufacturers compared to what was available 50 years ago. The only real saving has been in weight.
These old rifles are getting harder and harder to find in good condition.
The first article (The Mystery Mauser) is an attempt at recreating an original Bosnian K98k Sniper. I was relatively new to this hobby and thus did not fully appreciate how an original specimen might be depreciated as a result of my fiddling. Many in the field of surplus firearm interests would refer to this kind of activity as 'Bubba' sporterizing another milsurp. This was never my intention but I certainly would not do this again.
Marstar's Mystery Mauser (pdf 449 KB)
Restoring Military Surplus Stocks (pdf 4 MB)
Royal Factory Ishapore - India's Lee Enfield (pdf 1.5 MB)