Dean, I've plans to make a decent shroud for the short barrel, and refit the standard cylinder. That should remove any traces of muzzle flip and be near silent for garden practice and a bit of magpie bashing.
Weel see. This will be an ongoing project.
Iam going to see how light I can make a stock that retains its integrity.
Poplar is very light but also very fragile ,and not very temperature stable either.I've used it extensively the last few years and not really a fan.
Walnut is pretty strong comparitely. I could sure remove alot more wood from a walnut blank and retain the strength.