I was looking closely at my Marlin Cowboy Limited (45LC) today and I notice a very slight crack in the stock. Nothing horrendous, but it looks like the grain is just starting to separate.
I have looked in all the usual places (Gunbroker, EBay, Numrich etc.) and have not had any luck in locating anything. Can anyone tell me if these are at all available? With Remington/Cerburus screwing up Marlin so badly, I hate to even give them a call.
I also see that Treebone Carving comes highly recommended. Given my seemingly limited options, can anyone comment if this might be the best route? I love working with my hands and have previous woodworking experience. I also live a few hours away from Cimarron, NM, so I could visit the shop if this seemed like a good option.
Thanks in advance for any advice,
You may have to go with the plain stock and buy a set because the lack of checkering may not match the fore end stock.
Numerich probably does have the non checkered type.
Have you tried MO Supporting Vendor ?
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I just reviewed the Boyd stocks and while they seem to have a Marlin 336 stock, they don't seem to have stocks for the 1894 on their website. I'm sure that they can manufacture something if asked.
That brings up another question - Will any stock from a 20" Marlin 1894 fit my Cowboy? As we all know, there are all sorts of variations for year, caliber, barrel type etc. If I could use, say a straight from an 1894C, that might improve availability.
Most all of the lever gun butt stocks are the same. That is pistol grip stocks fit pistol grip guns, etc. The 336, 1894, 1895, M39 are all the same in pistol grip or straight. The exception is some are checkered, some are not, so you may want to match the fore end stock. Fore ends are not interchangeable, because of barrel shape (round or octagon) and size, inleting, and type of mounting.
I picked up a rather fine Marlin stock a while ago on Ebay. At that time there were a number of Marlin stocks available. Check it out everyday, you might get a surprise. The rifle I am using stock on is an older 336 in 30-30 fitted with a Zane Gray 22" octagon barrel. Rifle came with a really funky fitting Numrich ( I think) stock. (I am writing this away from home, so I cannot look at the stocks while writing) At any rate, the Ebay stock has no checkering on grip or forearm and a great figure to the wood. Kind of pricy, but a premium piece of wood at least. I have been fitting it, which is needed in spite of being inlet already, stock was cut and sanded a bit off at upper tang, but nothing that cannot be fixed. Haven't started on forearm yet. I am anticipating everything after I am done to fit pretty well. This will definitely be finished with Tung oil. Check out that Ebay.
This fairly recent Cowboy posting of mine might offer you some help.
I have since fixed the "wonky" lever too.
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