Someone on the old board, I forget, had a running thread on the refinishing of his Marlin.......the finish remover melted his bullseye and he put a piece of white maple dowl in the hole, then drilled a hole in the middle of that and put in a piece of black dowl......really pretty!! He had his checkered portion stained a little darker, as well....nice!
Hope you get It!! I can't stand the idea of a great deal sitting on the shelf.. even more so a marlin pre safety. I found a 30/30 for my friend for christmas .$200 scoped dead zero at 100 yards, sling and all. I should have kept it and given him one of my .35's as I've yet to find a 30/30 on the cheep for myself. 1955! she'll be all slicked up and waiting to be loved again!