I've been seriously thinking about gettign a marlin model 1895sbl in .45-70 to accompany me to Argentina. Military rifles are frowned upon there, much like here in Canada. ... I've seen " mare's legs ", lever rifles where the stock has been shortened, usually a pistol calibre carbine. I don't like these. I've been thinking of cutting some wood off ( How dare you, such a beautiful gun, I know. ) to make it lighter. ... Is this wise ? could it coause problems with the way the weapon handles ? Is there a way i can modify my stock to " skeletonize " it ? I don't know about the kind of wood they use, it appears to be stained grey, probably made from oak or walnut, in my estimation. Do y'all know anything about this ? I don't rly see why i couldn't cut a chunk out and sand it, but I don't want to get an expensive gun and then mess it up permanently with a hacksaw. ... what are your thoughts on this subject ? I think if it helps portability as a shtf rifle, go for it.