If you are thinking about the Encore I love mine. As far as stock and barrel I like the stainless barrel and synthetic stock for the muzzle loader. The stock is durable and the stainless is satin. Stainless is a lot easier to take care of and as far as glare off of the barrel I look at it this way, if he sees it it is already too late. Go smoke him!! As far as the 700s go they are great guns, I own 6 and have no complaints. But in the long run Encore with diff. barrels will be cheaper on the pocket and you will still be just as happy with the performance. Take your time fall season is still sometime away.