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I am looking for a checkered wood stock with recoil pad for my 357 mag 1894c. I have an original smooth wood stock on my 1980's gun and would be willing to trade if someone would like that sort of stock. I am concerned that the new stock might not fit well to my gun because of the quality control issues I've read about on this forum for the newer Marlin wood to metal fit....but I do like the new design over the older version. What are your opinions about the possible wood to metal fit issue?
 

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My opinion is many 80's guns dont fit real good either. Its a crap shoot anytime you buy a mass produced stock set. Sometimes its perfect, sometimes its not. But most times its easy to make perfect. Just try to get one a couple years old at the newest & you'll avoid anything Remington might have made worse.
The worst fitting factory stock I'v had is on a 1980 1894C. Was easy to fix but when I got it you could fit a toothpick between the stock & reciever, you could see light if you held it right. My newest gun is a 308MX & the fit is very good, to top it off the stock its wearing is a factory replacement because the original had issues unrelated to fitting. I was very surprised that it went right on & fit to my satisfaction. This is very much a case where you spends your money & you takes your chances.
 

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Leverdude; Good points...I guess I'll just gamble on a wood set and if it doesn't work for me, maybe I can sell it to the next guy and it will suit his rifle better. Is the 1894 44 mag stock (and other calibers for the 1894) sized the same as the 357 mag 1894c checkered wood?
 

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Leverdude; Good points...I guess I'll just gamble on a wood set and if it doesn't work for me, maybe I can sell it to the next guy and it will suit his rifle better. Is the 1894 44 mag stock (and other calibers for the 1894) sized the same as the 357 mag 1894c checkered wood?
In many ways their ALL the same. In other words a straight grip butstock from a 336, 1895, 1894 or 39M will fit. But a 44 mag 1894 has a different forend than a 1894C. You need a forend made for barrel bands. A 336 one would work.
I dont want to scare you away from swapping them, I just dont want you to feel misled if its not a perfect fit, they rarely are. But as I said I'v never been not able to make one work so far. A little bit of patience has always got them on for me.
Alot of people dislike the checkering. You might be well served to place a "want to buy" or "want to trade" add in our classified section down the bottom of the index page.
 
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