I'm in the process of refinishing the stock on an old 11-48. From a long history of use the right side of the stock has a distinct difference in color than the left (I'm guessing due to oil from being held). I'd like to even the color out before putting the finish on. I would like to know if using a stain will even it out or not. I'm worried a stain will darken the stock but not even it out. Also any recomendations on what stains work well would be helpfull. Thanks.