I guess maybe I'm a bit old fashioned. Ok, I admit it I'm very old fashioned, but I realy love the beauty of a quallity wood stock on a rifle or shotgun. Same goes with pistol grips. A beautiful woodgrain just adds class to any firearm. That being said though, I have to admit that where my hunting guns are concerned, and this means only rifles and shotguns, I am lately switching to synthetic stocks. Where pistols are concerned I refuse to switch. lol. The reason I've been switching is simply from a practical standpoint. The synthetic stocks are lighter and I don't have to worry about getting one scratched or damaged from getting wet or from oil. I may be disabled but Jason and I still cover a lot of pretty rough terrain when hunting and in all kinds of weather. We like to go where others fear to tread and seldom hesitate to do so. I always worried about scarring up the walnut stock of my Encore. That rifle means the world to me for way too many reasons to number. I sincerely want to keep it in the very best condition possible because one day it will be Jason's. Then after him a grandson's. Now that I have the camo synthetic stock on it I no longer worry. The walnut stock is safe in a drawer of the gun cabinet. Jason has a Ruger Mark II All Weather 7mm mag that went a long way in convincing me to like synthetic stocks. Often our guns are carried in racks on our quad runners. They get splashed with mud and water and slapped by branches. No way around it at times. Then too we often wade through heavy brush which also can add a ton of scratches to wood. I've only got one shotgun that will always keep it's walnut stock and that's my AYA doublebarrel 12 ga. It is just too valuable to mess with. Soooo, what's you alls thoughts on wood versus synthetic? You prefer one over the other?
Edited by Spirithawk, 14 August 2009 - 11:18 PM.