Ok, someone please tell me I'm not totally nuts... I had a spare Marlin stock sitting around, and it got to looking at me cockeyed the other day. After I had put a few beers in me, it was looking at me again yesterday, and after a short but volatile argument with said stock, I got out the power tools... The 22" barrel results in a decidedly front heavy pistol. I left plenty of meat up front for a solid and controllable handhold, while still being noticeably shorter than the original. I'll be doing a bit of fine tuning to the grip shape for comfort and accuracy, and I need to round the edges up front a bit more, but then it's polish, stain and finish time. I believe I'll go with a red mahogany/ebony mix with this stock, then finish with polyurethane.