My old 1903A3 Springfield (Remington, 1943) This started in full military trim. I have been chastised for desecrating a very nice old "03" but guns do nothing for Me sitting in the safe. I own them to use them. I've actually had it for about 40 years, but I finished it about six years ago.
This is what happens after 3 1/2 years work, & a lot of sweat, a little blood, a lot of machining, woodworking, polishing bluing, new parts, etc. At the time I wasn't too sure it was worth it all, but now, there isn't enough money to buy it. The straight grained French Walnut stock, started out life as a 2" X 10" X 5' board. I had an old friend, who has since passed away (at 88 Yrs. old) who did the machining on the barrel etc. It was a "lot"of work ! Everything is high polish blued, & the bolt is the high nickel steel, & just polished bright. I'd like to have the bolt engine turned, but don't know who does that type of finishing. The scope on it is just a 2 1/2 power Tasco compact, which is plenty, for where we hunt. The trigger is a Timney, set @ just under 2#, & very, very smooth & crisp. For Me, it's nearly perfect.
I don't have a solution, but I admire your problem.
It took quite some time to figure out a load that both performed & was accurate with the 18" Bbl. I spent some time on the phone with "Sierra's" tec's. Finally settled on the 150 Gr. spitzer, & IMR-4895, & CCI primers. Just beautiful now.