If that Rifle has been in that stock since 1969 and isnt any more rusted than it is I would keep it in that stock, The finish wasnt smooth on the surface, but the wood grain is georgous, infact the entire Rifle is beautifull.
The new Brownings, just arent as apealing as the older ones like this.
I agree. I wouldn't be surprised if that was a salt wood gun that already had the stock replaced or that the refinish job was to try and seal it in.
I heard that the salt wood stocks were cured in a tall block of several layers of stocks with salt between each layer. The bottom layers were reportedly worse because of the slurry that ran down hill while the top layers absorbed less salt.