I like wood. It scratches and gets dings, but if they come from regular use, then they just serve as a visual record of what that rifle has been through with its owner. Do you buy a work truck and expect it to stay pretty? Of course not. Why should a working rifle be different?
“Some people are like Slinkies - not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.”
A gun should be a tool in the hands of a deadly weapon, not a deadly weapon in the hands of a tool.