A reader asked if scarred-up wood stocks have character while dinged-up synthetic stocks are just stocks in need of Bondo and paint. I believe he has hit the nail on the head, or the stock on the fore-end, as it were. To make his case, this gentleman sent along a photo of Warren Page's .375 Weatherby which was Lefty's dangerous-game rifle for the 25 years he was Shooting Editor at Field & Stream. The rifle had traveled all over the world, shot God knows how many head of God knows what, and looked it. I seem to remember Warren telling me he had shot out three barrels, which is simply a stupendous amount of shooting, but it's possible.