I'm not saying redoing a 101 is a crime. There are a pile of them around. A fairly clean origional I would most certainly leave alone.
I went through this same delema many times. My Walther 55. Was the toughist desision. It had served in the Egyptian army for years. It was a mess on the outside.The gun had earned every mark. Every mark was a story. Frankly, it looked like the guys were keeping track of bird kills with knife. Hash marks everywhere in the stock. The checkering had been sweated down to flat.
Internally, it was a Rolls Royce.
Before I got it Paul Watts had converted some R7 parts and mixed it with his Voodoo to make a smooth shooter.
So, I decided the stock was so toast. And, while it had a pile of stories, I didn't know them. I had to make the outside match the inside. It turned out ok. The re-checkering took hours.
I'm betting that in the future my Grandkids will be cursing my name at an Antique Roadshow