Replacing straight stock with a pistol grip stock?


July 27, 2009, 10:19 AM
Any thoughts on replacing a straight stock with a pistol grip stock on a rifle? I really want to buy a 44mag lever action rifle. Unfortunately, they all come with a straight stock. Do you think it would be worth it to buy one and then change it? Would this cost more then the gun to do something like this? I should have bought a Winchester 94 before they discontinued them.

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July 27, 2009, 10:27 AM
I'm sure it can be done.

Check-in over at LEVER ACTION SHOOTERS SOCIETY ( and see if they can give details.

My .357 Mag 94 trapper and my Marlin .45-70 guide gun both have straight stocks.

July 27, 2009, 10:38 AM
Have you shot one with a straight stock?

I have two Model 39s, one straight and the other PG, and a straight 1894C. I don't notice the difference, really.

July 27, 2009, 10:59 AM
I have not shot a 44mag however I did shoot a 30-30 with a straight stock. I just like the feel of the pistol grip stock better. I did call Marlin and want 100.00 dollars for the stock. Will need some gunsmithing to install the lever action.

July 27, 2009, 11:00 AM
Did they say what gunsmithing it would need? Seems it all screws together. If you have hollowground screwdrivers, it should be no sweat. Maybe I'm wrong about that. I haven't taken apart my 1894C assembly, since it drops out as a unit.

July 27, 2009, 11:04 AM
Marlin's model 336 lever would not fit the model 1894 receiver. He thinks that is where I am going to need a gunsmith.

July 27, 2009, 11:05 AM

Marlin made an 1894 with a curved lever until a couple years ago, in .32-20.

Maybe check Numrich or go to and ask around.

July 27, 2009, 11:07 AM
Good idea. Will check with Numrich.

July 27, 2009, 11:20 AM
No, Marlin used to handfit each stock to it's receiver. You'll even find the rifle serial number stamped into the buttstock wood in an invisible place when it's installed.

This handfitting means that going to Numrich to buy a stock from an old model to put on a newer model may well not work without having to do some woodcarving. In some instances the stock will not be able to make fit at all because the mounting tang of the losing rifle is longer or shorter than that of the receiving rifle.

So, even if they've long ago stopped their fine practice of handfitting each stock, one that WAS handfitted to a similar model rifle may not be adaptable to your rifle, or only adaptable with some fairly skilled fitting work.

You might find it's hard to find a gunsmith willing to take on such a project. It's fraught with the kind of pitfalls he may have to eat.

Be happy with the straight grip. You won't feel the recoil as badly and your hand will be less tired at the end of a day.

July 27, 2009, 11:55 AM
I've heard of people replacing a PG with straight on the 336, but never heard of anyone going in the other direction or of doing it on the 1894. If possible, it sure would not be cost effective for me. Of course I like the straight grip better. Makes for a lighter, trimmer rifle.

Marlin did offer a few PG rifles in 44 mag a few years ago. I don't know how hard it would be to find one or what they are selling for but that would be the best bet.

July 27, 2009, 12:07 PM
I wouldn't spend the cash for a conversion...seems like it would get pretty spendy real quick, or you wouldn't have a well fit stock and/or lever. I don't think you will be able to tell a big difference on a .44 Magnum, if it were a .45-70 or a .450 then I agree a PG stock is a worth while upgrade. :)

July 27, 2009, 01:15 PM
PG? What does it mean? Thanks you all for the info! Will look for one with a pistol grip.

July 27, 2009, 02:09 PM
:rolleyes:PG=pistol grip.

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