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I stripped layers of flooring to get back to the original pine floor (the original sub floor). Since some of that flooring over the years had been painted and some hadn't, when it came to sanding it, there was a big different in the colour of different parts of the floor. I feel the only best option is to stain it. I understand pine can be quite difficult to stain, I would welcome any advice or suggestions.
Pine is difficult to stain because of its resin content and open grain. Odds are, with the age of your floor, this isn't going to be much of a problem. I would recommend testing your stain in an inconspicuous location, see how it goes. If you are satisfied with your results, continue staining, if not, then applying a sanding sealer will help to close the grain up so that it takes stain more evenly.
A solid stain is like paint, it covers everything, just not as thick as paint. There are lots of floor staining vids on YT that show how to blend new and old floors to minimize transition areas, you could use the same techniques with your floor to blend lighter and darker areas, should you wish.