I have a No 3 in 22 Hornet and noticed a split in the forend. I have not dropped the rifle and doubt I would have missed that split at the time of purchase. I don't know why it developed. The recoil of that cartridge is really low, should I just continue to shoot it or is there a way to preserve the wood? Numrich does not have any replacements in stock. Would a replacement cost the same as a gunsmith repair?