I have shot since I was 8 or 9.I love to hunt and shoot my .22 rimfires but I deer hunt with my 336 in 35 Rem. that I have had since 80. Killed numerous deer with it and took it hog hunting last winter and did not get a shot, good day for the pigs. The reason I posted is that one of my friends just bought a beautiful 1894, 44 mag , octagon barreled with highly grained blonde stock and forearm. The rifle is a 70's era gun that was part of a gun collectors estate and the fit of the wood is great. Did Marlin produce these guns with high grade stocks or is this a high grade replacement? Any help would be appreciated.