at that price I could get one and over time restore it to its original beauty
At a price that would bring the cost up to that of one already in excellent condition. While severely depressing the value of the gun by refinishing it.
Buy one cheap, put a lot of money in it, end up with one the's value is still low.
Honest wear of a firearm that has not been abused is not a problem, or an eyesore in my opinion. Just a mark of character.