Joel - Yeh...I'm getting to that. I've also been trying to get some other guns ready for the wife and daughter to antelope hunt with (this week). Both times I've had it out the wind has been pretty bad (normal Colorado Fall afternoon). I've shot it over the chrono and on the paper, and even tried it at 700 yards - fun. I'll try to get out on a calmer day and see if I can see how she'll group (with me the limitation I'm sure).
You can call me Gary by the way. I wasn't trying to be secretive. I just picked the screen name cause I love the sound of elk bugling during the rut/archery season, and there isn't a more awesome place on earth than a stand of Aspens in the Summer and early Fall (with green grass and a stream) - whether you are stalking game in them or taking a nap. Takes me to a "Happy Place"
NCBoy - I hear you, but Joel can tell you - there aint much you can do to it that he can't fix. It's not like one scratch and it's scarred for life. If after several years I have some big dings and scratches - I could always pop off the stock and send it back for some TLC. Although, up to a point those are character marks - helps you remember the wheres and whens, and serves as proof that she's a real warrior and not just a safe queen. I also don't plan to do lot of brush-butting, boulder-tumbling walks with this in hand. I'll hopefully stick it in an Eberelestock pack and get to where I'm going and sit. We'll see. That's kinda like saying you don't want a pretty wife cause she might run away
This thing with some dings will still be 50x prettier than my fiberglass stocks, and didn't cost a whole lot more. I'm wanting a pretty walking varmint gun stock next. Kinda weird--when I think of passing on one of my fiberglass-stocked guns (even nicely painted), I feel like I'm passing on a "tool". Something with a beautiful wood stock somehow becomes a "thing", a "personality" - it has life and character. Maybe it's a phase I'll grow out of (?)