In the late 70's or early 80's I looked at Marlin model 336 rifles at K-Mart. The wood was normal plain wood, you know not very nice looking, just average. I then went to a gun shop and found a model 336 there that had a darker wood with beautiful grain. It was outstanding. The owner told me back then that the dedicated gun shops got better wood then the big chain stores. Is this true? Or was there a special stock option that you could purchase? The serial number is 22---------. This rifle is still in mint condition. This is amazing wood compared to all others I have seen on the internet. Thanks for any information.