Has anyone had any experience with replacing a Kriegkhoff stock?? I recently purchased a new (to me) Krieghoff Classic Big Five in .470NE. I purchased this firearm because I believe that this maker provides me with an extremely safe, accurate and dependable firearm within my budget. I also purchased this particular firearm because it has beautiful wood and very tasteful engraving. Therein lies the rub, best defined by the back story: In 1972 a great friend and I drew coveted tags to hunt elk and mule deer out of Moran Wyoming. We booked a 10 day horseback elk/mule deer hunt out of Moran Wyoming to hunt the southern fringes of the Teton Wilderness area and Yellowstone Park. We then decided that we needed more appropriate firearms for this hunt (any excuse for a new rifle) and decided on a pair of beautifully stocked Weatherby .300 magnums topped with Leupold VariX scopes. Absolutely beautiful wood!!! Mirror bright bluing that was equally beautiful! When we arrived in camp, I was assigned a trusty but tired horse. During the hunt, up and down extreme grades at elevations around 9000 to 10000 feet, it became apparent that my steed would do anything to lighten his load, consisting of me (0nly 175#) and my rifle. Every tree, rock outcropping and significant bush we passed was used by this horse to try and rub/scrape me off his back. My legs and the buttstock of my rifle took a terrible beating, both receiving several scrapes and gouges. While my scratched and gouged legs healed, my stock never recovered. The next few trips were to Newfoundland for moose, caribou and rain. And more rain. Net result: (despite daily disassembly, cleaning and oiling) a beatup stock on a firearm with a serious need for re-blueing. The solution was simple, I had all metal parts chemically cleaned, the barrel and receiver bead-blasted and all metal parts coated with a mil-spec dry lubricant. A new synthetic composite stock completed the conversion. No problems with this weatherproof firearm since, however, I have no desire to repeat this procedure with my most recent purchase and I am considering purchasing a replacement stock for use on trips which may expose this firearm to rough or wet conditions. The fore stock looks to be no problem but I have concerns regarding replacement of the buttstock. Suggestions and comments?? Thanks.