A few years ago, I bought a severely beaten M1 Garand stock. It had no federal markings, just a ton of scratches and such. I don’t know if it is even a standard stock, or an aftermarket stock, but it looked like garbage, and had no formal markings of any sort.
I decided to restore the stock. Some of the marks had been carved deep with a pocket knife.
Today, I sanded down about half of the stock with 60 grit paper. I was able to remove many of the scratches. Both the old stain and the scratches were deep, but underneath, the wood seems to be just fine, and has a nice grain pattern to it. I may stain it a lighter color when I am finished.
I hope you enjoyed my post!