And the modified-stock MN was tried out. A lot.
Worth every minute of time and bit of the mess.
Pachmayr recoil pads are wonderful. That rifle still recoils solidly with ball, but the pad spreads it out wonderfully. I've got a slip-on pad for my 1903 Springfield, and it's great, but if Springfield stocks didn't cost so much I'd pick one up and put a pad on it, too.