In the spring I bought a new Marlin 336SDG in 30-30. It is my first pistol grip Marlin. I like the laminated wood OK but I am not crazy about the "fatness" of the stock and forend. I thought about thinning it but I would probably get concave in some places, to be able to remove all of the checkering. Soooooo, I bought a "semi finished" stock set from Macon gunstocks. I am in the process of fitting it to the metal now. Both buttstock and forend have tons of figure in them. I read someplace that if wood is too fancy, it looks out of place on a lever action. I say, "What ever". I think it will look just right. I'll post some photo's when I finish the job.