The cost of my project has been offset tremendously by selling parts that I no longer needed, such as the synthetic stock that the sporterized Swede came on. Again, forum members were a huge help there as well. Through much trial and error, I obtained what I needed to complete the rifle through Numrich gun parts Corp, this forum, and countless private sellers.
This labor of love, (as well as the restoration of a sporterized Norinco SKS) were what kept me busy throughout the majority of our Covid lockdown. It’s not the prettiest, but it is an M38 pattern Swedish Mauser! Skinner LoPro rear peep sights fit snuggly into the holes tapped (by bubba) into the receiver, and it makes for a gorgeous sight picture with the front sight hood. I intend for it to be my back up iron sight after I install a Bad Ace scout mount and LER scope, but I have also tracked down an M38 rear sight from a seller all the way in Australia just so it will be totally finished.
It is not bad looking for a Frankenstein job. Have a peek.
Edit: I got the rear sight installed and replaced the generic flash hider with the Swiss muzzle brake that came so highly recommended. Finally seeing a range day in the near future.