I have been trying to decide between a Stevens and a CZ 550 American. I would like to use these guns to practice out to 500 yards so that I can gain experience. I have plans on leaving both of these guns stock for a year or two, after that I would probably turn the stevens into a project gun. I believe that I would leave the CZ alone for quite a while longer than the stevens. I think that the only things that the cz is really offering over the stevens is a wood stock and the set trigger (which I have not made my mind up), I would like to know what others thought about which would be the most accurate between the two.