I think your setting yourself up to get flamed around here.
I asked about putting a new stock on an old gun i just picked up and asked about putting a new stock on it. The general consensus was that i leave it the hell alone
as all the dings and dents were "character marks". This is gun i JUST bought.
Post up the pics anyway, i am interested in seeing some close ups of that tank.
The gun in question here was handed down grandfather to son to grandson, its an heirloom! YOU are the one that dropped it and put the character marks on it. Thats part of the history that will be passed down to your kids.
I have quite a few guns handed down from my grandad to my dad to me and i would NEVER think of redoing them. My kids will get them in the same condition (or worse considering we still use 'em) than they came to me. I just shoot 'em, clean 'em and make sure i keep a good coat of oil on 'em.
The way i look at it, i am just the caretaker, until my time to leave this plane of existence comes.