If it's a "standard", i.e., not a Ranch Rifle, there are options, depending upon what you want to do with your rifle.
1. "Side-saddle" mount: Allows use of irons, similar to "see-thru" scope rings. However, scope is mounted awfully high for my tastes, and many have had issues with them working themselves loose quite often -- BLUE LocTite usually fixes it.
2. S&K or Wichita Arms mount: Rock-solid, low mount. However, requires removal of rear sight "guts," so using your irons is out of the question.
3. Scout mount: Solid, low mount that typically retains use of irons. However, forward-mounted optics aren't for everyone and do take some getting used to. In fact, half the people I let shoot my Mini hate my scout-mounted scope. But the other half love it...
You can see the small Magpul rail attached to the rear scope base.
This is going to be machined to be only as large as it needs to be as not to interfere with extraction / ejection.
Also, it's worth mentioning that I HAVE tested this without the rail and it WILL eject across the room with the scope mounted at this height.
Keep in mind that the scope mounts I'm going to make will raise the scope slightly higher, as well.
Here you can see the space from UTG scope mount and receiver / footprint that is available on receiver.
Yes, it WILL be made higher with a combination of a milled out picatinny mount and see-through riser mounted to it ( to clear the rear sight, of course)
These measurements can only be obtained AFTER initial parallel measurements or barrel and factory sight line-of-sight are obtained AND front rail mount is machined and mounted.
As you can see, I'm putting a lot of thought into this as I don't like garbage work, nor are firearms toys to be decorate with unreliable / clunky gARbage...
Having said that, I WILL be replacing the bolt carrier release with a nicer handle, rather than the knurled brass threaded screw you see there. ( Don't flame ! It was installed as a test of functionality / durability of the internal mechanism )
Brass is MUCH easier to work with as far as building / refining an initial, "model" shape and angle for the lever.
This UTG mount looks as if it has a see-through riser design where the channel itself it open in the middle. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a picture of this mount from the rear, SIGHTED view...
Any internal viewing space / height can be made up at the mill.
Also, those awful thumbscrews WILL be replaced with some nice black hex buttons.
I've noticed in the above picture, this thing looks like it's only made to be mounted to a weaver dovetail... It IS described to mount to both, the customer pictures / descriptions reinforce this. Worth pointing out as something I noticed. Would be a silly thing to have halt a project, but, hey I guess that's what the milling machine is for, eh?
Assuming that it is designed the way I think, I believe it would be a good base to machine two short, custom scope mounts so I will be able to utilize the 3 different components I'm working with..
1. The 185 Receiver ( rear raised mount )
2. The Aftermarket stock with top rail ( front raised mount )\
3. The factory peep sight remaining fully useful for quick, not-so-far-out targeting. ( ....and that "Yeah, It's still on there and I can still use it fully" factor )
As an afterthought..
I'm starting to think I could mill off the bottom rung of a medium profile see though scope ring?
Anyone else agree?
This is why I'm posting this stuff.
Consider me ignorant and willing to learn.