I finally went up and got my blanks from the wood company. I actually bought the tree that this wood comes from back in 1979.
The slabs (I had 2 cut out) are 3" thick, so plenty of extra wood for finger guards. I decided to NOT paint them red though. Plenty of extra wood to be worked down so I can get the eye alignment with the scope just right. Length of pull is short because I will be using Morgan adjustable butt pads to get the best fit. Lots of work here, and lots of family work and committments will slow the progress on this. I ain't Aging, but I will take a run at this. As a cool coincidence, the sniper trigger I bought from Spike Country should be here soon, so I'd have to take my SS rail out of that stock anyway.
The .308 stock is made from the same wood, with just a little more figure. It gives a good idea of the color when finished. It is amazing how different the crossbow stock has to be compared to a rifle stock to get a similar fit and function.