I have read several articles about refinishing gunstocks. Most of them do not recommend sanding them unless it is absolutely neccesasry. I have refinished 2 or 3 by using spray on paint stripper as they recommend. As they also stated you can take out dents and dings by using a moistened cloth and a common clothes iron, essentially lifting the grain back to its original height. As far as finish that can be a personal preference, I like to use Tru-oil. However, sometimes you might want to use an oil-based stain. Then after throughly drying follow it with several coats of tru oil. Whats your experience on this topic?