So for Christmas this year a good family friend has given me a beautiful piece of black walnut... has anyone on here made their own stock? I just received a marlin 336 from wally world from my fiance. I was totally floored because no one has ever bought me anything like that before. I have been rubbing the stock down with some teak oil all day and it looks a hell of alot better but that (birch) I think it is with the fake coloring lines are brutal. The gun itself is straight and the wood is fit really tight contrary to what I've read around the web about remlins. It actions fairly smooth for a new unbroken in rifle and has a fairly crisp albeit heavy trigger. But it feels like a awesome working gun, its tighter than any m16 or m4 I was ever issued! LOL. . I've seen a company called boyds who make walnut furniture for 336's with an option of a straight stock vs the pistol grip Boyds: MARLIN® 336 STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK WALNUT (FINISHED) ( I can do the finishing on it in my workshop) and figure maybe save the pretty wood and maybe on down the line pick up a 336 in .35. Anyway I've never made a gunstock before and would for sure use some cheaper wood from a fallen hardwood tree in my backyard for a test bed before using this!