Was the reciever tapped for scope bases? If not that can be done. Leupold makes a base. Cut the barrel at the length you desire and recrown. Give the bore a real soaking with wipe out forming bore cleaner using the entire can over several days.
You could even replace the sporterized stock with a boyds.
I did all of the above with mine and spent a total of $150. (It was already predrilled for bases)
It didn't shoot well till I switched to a flat base sierra and then it shot 1 MOA.
I feel you can have a nice looking rifle that shoots just fine for the distances you suggested for little money.