Cal Kid, very nice rifle, nice wood, the wood that I have is very plain thus I thought if I stained it dark (with walnut hull or iron/vin. mix) it will make any silver wire inlay stand out. Still haven't look for the walnut hulls, need to walk an old creek bed in our area to see if the squirrels left any. I'll also try the filler, the last walnut stock I did took about 10 coats of finish and sanding to make the dimples disappear. Thanks to all for your post on this subject.