THANKS GUYS! I deserved that a**chewing. My rifle will not be cut,but a new stock is not out of the question. As for not shooting it, I didn't take to deer hunting like I thought I would,therefore the 70 became a low-mileage closet dweller. The pistol-caliber Marlin sounds like a good idea to supplement the 870, the wifey,in a pinch, could probably handle that better anyway. Again thanks for excellent advice!