It's crazy what some guys want for sporters. This one I got for less than $190 so it was feasible to restore it. I only have one sporter, a 30-40 Krag. It was cut, but is so beautiful I paid the $400 for it and love it. It's hand checkered and has an inletted steel butt plate. Original owner even electro penciled his name and address on the underside of the receiver. Shot a buck with it this year, really sweet shooter.I ran across a nice 1903A3 recently that had been sportered, but all the metal was still stock. The guy wanted as much for it as I would pay for an uncut 1903A3!
Good for you for saving an old warrior! There are plenty of ruined milsurp rifles we can play with out there.