Have been looking at my CZ in 404. Has some nice wood. Love the grain of the wood. But it is pretty shiny. Am I stupid for trying to think of a way to make it more of a matted finish?
Go ahead and strip that varnish off. You'll not be sorry.
I have done all my rifles and finished my CZ a few months ago.
I used a varnish/paint remover to get the bulk of the varnish off. Then rubbed it down with progressively finer grades of sandpaper and smoothed off all the sharp edges and rounded off bits I didn't like in the stock.
I then used Shaftol oil on the stock. I used a light and a dark oil to not get the stock as dark as my Winchester stock but still get on enough coats.
It looks a hell of a lot better than before. I hate the glossy varnish finish on rifles.
I'll see if I can send a pic of it tomorrow in the daylight.