A while back I acquired an Ithaca LSA-55 (Tikka M55) Deluxe in .222 Remington. It's in nice overall condition, but some previous owner cut the stock down for a very small person. LOP was only about 12", which is uncomfortably short for me, an average-size American male. Also, I have never been a fan of skip-line checkering or high-gloss polyurethane finishes, and since the cut-down stock destroyed any collector value, I see this as an opportunity to redo the stock to my own taste. I'm doing this in two phases. Phase One, which I have just completed, was to add spacers and a pad to the stock to bring it back to a reasonable length of pull. I had a Pachmayr Old English pad sitting around that I had botched on a previous job, but it still had enough meat left on it to fit the Tikka. I added some spacers from Brownells and sanded it to fit. The shaping of the pad is less than perfect but I plan to do the final finishing on the pad in Phase Two. The LOP is now 13-1/4", a much more reasonable size for me. I could have gone a bit longer but I felt that I was at the outer edge of where a longer pad would start to look silly. As it is, there's an awful lot of black there and I might remove one of the spacers in Phase 2 and live with a 13" LOP. Phase Two, to be undertaken "when I have time," will consist of completely refinishing the stock, redoing the flat-top checkering to a conventional pointed style, cutting in grooves to get rid of the skip lines, and improving the blend of the pad. I will probably stain the wood, as I prefer darker wood. I'm thinking that Pilkington's golden brown would be a good choice as it will blend with the wood rather than overriding the yellowish color, as would be the case with, say, a Model 70 style reddish stain. The borders on the checkering pose a problem. As you can see on a couple of the photos, the borders are very wide, especially on the right side of the grip. I prefer borderless checkering, but I don't want to sand off all the old checkering and start over. I'm afraid anything I try to improve the borders will only make things worse. Any suggestions? The rifle shoots very well. I was getting three-shot groups in the half-inch range at 100 yards with Lapua ammo the couple of times I shot it. I've replaced the 2.5-8x Leupold that I installed when I bought the gun with the 12x Burris shown in the photos. The scope looks a bit incongruous on a sporter-style rifle, but it's an excellent scope and my aging eyes need all the help they can get. The extra length is actually an asset for mounting; a shorter scope, say a Leupold with a 40mm objective, wouldn't work with the original Tikka rings (I've tried it). So here are the photos. First as received with the short stock, then as it is now with the stock spacers and 12x scope.