What Der Verge might be referring to is using a "scout" mount, some of which replace the rear sight. I could be mistaken, but that's the only way I know of to reliably mount a scope on a Mauser without modifying the bolt handle. Even the Yugo M-48 bent handle will hit a top-receiver-mounted scope.
There are the do-it-yourself kits, but they involve cutting off the bolt handle and drilling and tapping the bolt body, then attaching the handle with a screw, which usually works loose after a few rounds. There are also side-mount bases and such, some require drilling and tapping, others "clamp" on somehow, I wouldn't think they could be very solid. There's also a stock-mount which I can't imagine could be very accurate.
If Der Verge knows of a better way, I'd be interested in hearing how he did it.
I had my gunsmith mount a regular receiver scope on my M-48. He used the standard Weaver 2-piece base specified for all Mauser large-ring actions, and drilled and tapped the receiver. Then he modified the bolt handle by cutting it off and re-welding it on in the turned-down position, which is a common technique. The safety was replaced with an inexpensive side lever type. The whole thing cost about $80, including the bases.
I used my Dremel with a drum-sander bit to cut the groove in the stock for the bolt to fit in the closed position. I then mounted a Bushnell 3x9 on it.
It was money well spent... it's a very accurate shooter, coming in at about 2" consistently at 100 yards. I added it up... $89 for the rifle (bought 3 years ago), $15 for shipping, $80 gunsmithing and $75 for the scope came to $259 for a great shooter that will take elk-size game at 300-400 yards. A pretty dang accurate high-power rifle that eats cheap surplus ammo all day long.
Last edited by Boogyman; 01-03-2007 at 18:39.