I only have one of each. A Stevens (I have a thread on that one going right now ;D ), and a lefty Savage 16 in SS (for my daughter). Of the 2 I have, there's a definite difference in the stocks. The Savage stock is truly better fit and finish. I had to trim a LOT of excess mold flashing off of my Stevens when I got it. I used an X-acto knife to trim the stock, lots of sharp flashings in the corners and along the mold lines. Plus the Savage stock doesn't flex near as much as the Stevens stock. That being said, I'm more than pleased by the performance of my Stevens, and would have bought one for my daughter if they made it in lefty.