Lipstick on a pig? What to do with a banged up ol Marlin 25.

Thank you, @JedB , I appreciate that. I'd seriously considered just that thing.

In fact, I might do a modified version of that with a little trickery/tomfoolery added to the mix.
 

Spitpatch

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I'm really not happy with how the stock is turning out. It's become more and more obvious that there are places where the original finish that wasn't sanded completely away. He needed new cowboy boots so I decided to buy myself some time and bought him boots for his birthday.
I guess I'll go back after it and spend more time sanding the damn thing all over again...

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Keepin' track of those "billable hours"?
 
No! I'm not keepin track.

I do know it will all be worth it when he shoots "his" gun. Then none of this hassle will matter.

I think I'll take a break from the stock work for a day and work on the brand I'm making to use on the base of the grip.
 

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I've done a few stocks over the years and have never considered any "cost' whether $ or time. For me it was always a pleasant endeavor, more so now that I'm an "old geezer", and my memory now goes back to the times I was a kid with a paper route to earn $ and spend it on hunting fishing and trapping stuff. I enjoyed watching faces light up when I returned an old gun with a new life given to the wood.
You are correct, this will be a cherished memory for you orygun.
 

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No! I'm not keepin track.

I do know it will all be worth it when he shoots "his" gun. Then none of this hassle will matter.

I think I'll take a break from the stock work for a day and work on the brand I'm making to use on the base of the grip.
I advised you early of the folly of a diligent man believing he could advance himself by devoting his time to gun work.
 

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