this is an M1903A3 that was 1/2 assed sporterized (I guess I should be glad they didn't go farther) I picked it up for cheap and then spent a couple hundred $ getting all the correct parts to bring it back to battle field condition.
I bought a rifle at a garage sale for $20, it was missing the bolt, trigger guard and rear sight elevator.
JC Higgins model 41 (Marlin 100/101). I decided to try and build a cheap youth trainer rifle, by shrinking the dimensions and then refinishing the wood and steel. I think it turned out pretty good. The best part is it didn't cost me a nickel, I actually made money on the project!
Here is what I started with:
and here it is finished:
Blog posts with more pictures documenting the changes
I don't know what is your occupation, but you need to find desirable guns that are in poor condition and low priced, then bring them back with your talent. You should be able to turn several around and make a living at it.