It's more of a sentimental value for his dad, and I think it would just end up being a wall decoration for the most part.
He wanted to do something nice for him since he can't shoot anymore and though him seeing his old rifle all slicked up and pretty again would be something he'd enjoy.
on the same token, there is a charm to that old worn out look IMO. I'll ask him to take photos and look for markings/numbers to see if they match.
Thanks for the advice ya'll