I have been waiting for your pictures and can appreciate what you are going through. Looks like you have turned a Ford, into a BMW. Sure appreciate you doing all this homework as I really think you have nailed it. You have maintained some very fine lines. I'm still working on my T.C. Hawken and down to the brass work and sealer. Are you going to install brass or steel Escutcheons in the forend wedge area? Are you going to change out or add some different sights? I anticipate your satisfaction when you take a deer with this little beauty. Don's forget to post some field pictures of your kill.
Excellent work !!!