My first gun i ever got was a Remington 58 that has seen about 40 years of on and off use from me was showing some serious bumps and bruises in the stock. I like wood working but I'm more into building dressers, entertainment centers and such and not much into small detail, hand fitting and shaping. Anyway i had to fix a couple of cracks at the receiver with dowels, fill the but pad holes with dowel sand re drill those as they were worn out, steamed a few dents best i could and repaired a large chip that has been missing for years. Sanded it, lightly stained it and rubbed in some tru oil. Came out ok but not as i hoped which is usually the case. I wish i had the talents of a couple of guys i see post their work on here!! I didn't think to take before pics but the old wood had seen some use for sure. Oh and i put a new butt pad on it too. Just did it by eye being i don't have a jig. Not the easiest thing in the world to do. Still have to finish it and sand off the thin stringy pieces.