You know, I posted these pictures and a bit more of the story over at RimfireCentral.com, and all most people could say was about how bad it was that the rifle was not totally original, box-stock.
This rifle came to me from an ex-brother-in-law, and it was his "step-grandfather" who did all the work on this and a couple other rifles. (Remember the Savage 99 in .22 Hi-power I posted a while back with the beautiful wood?) The man obviously did great work, spent a whole lot of time on this and created a great-looking and functional rifle. All of his stock work was from chunks of wood he selected...not ordered from someone else already inletted, etc. I am happy with it, even if all this work reduced the value of the gun's collector status!