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Other than repair, another thing you could do is whack off the end and install a recoil pad. Even a stock Marlin recoil pad will be much thicker than the plastic butt plate. Course you're still going to have to get some glue down in that crack at the minimum, but this may get you away from some of the major damage by eliminating the need for it to exist.
 

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You did a great job repairing it. Just apply what you are going to use on the stock to the new wood that is lighter for a few times, let it dry and do it again to get it closer. After that just refinish the stock like you did before and even if that spot is off a little who cares. Some day your son will look at that spot while sitting in the woods and it will make him smile as he thinks about his dad.
 

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Update:

Fastened a piece of Walnut into the squared off chip in the stock. I used Titebond III and wiped up the excess after clamping with moistened paper towel. Let that sit for a day







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I'm disappointed the replacement piece is so much lighter....
If not, suggestions on what I might be able to do even them out?

Thanks

--bob
The natural wood has a reddish tinge to it. I'd buy a small can of Minwax Gunstock stain. Take about a thimbleful out and cut it with mineral spirits about 9:1. Only a 10% solution as a result. Then tape off the natural wood and use the Q-tip application method. Check your result against a visible portion of the natural stock. You can always increase the concentration of stain in your diluted sample if needed. If you think your close, remove the tape and use a rag and rub to blend in your patch stain. Finally, I do not recommend a pure oil finish such as BLO. Use a varnish type finish such as Formby's Tung oil. Just my $0.02.
 
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