I recently bought a Stevens 200 in 30-06. After shooting it I was surprised by how much it kicks (was surprised when it kicked harder than a 300RUM in a Sendero). Because of a lack of funds and how much I do not like the stock on the it I am considering building a wooden stock for it; I am hopeing that the added weight, a straighter comb and just an overall better fit will make it kick less. I have been looking for someone that will sell stock blanks, but I have found no one that will even sell a wood stock without charging more for it than I paid for the rifle. Right now I am just looking for a temporary stock (something that will be decent for 1-5 years). I do not know if it is realistic to try to use pine, or if I must use a hardwood. I would like to get some practice in on making stocks, there is an oak tree that I would like to make a stock out of that recently fell and it holds a sentimental value. Being an impatient person I am not really wanting to wait for the 7 years that I have heard recommended for a piece of oak to dry just so that I can practice (by the time I am decent enough to make something that resembles a stock the tree may be all used up). I am not even sure if this is a practical way of going about the original problem (gun kicking too hard). If anyone has any suggestions on beginner stockmaking books that would be greatly appreciated too.