Ah the lure of the wild, it seems from all the replies that one has to be a romantic and love wood, or a pragmatist and embrace plastic. Well that presents a problem. My favorite rifle is my Savage Model 10 in 243 wearing a walnut stock, not french walnut for sure, but walnut never the less. And my favorite hunting rifle is a Savage Model 100 in 270 Winchester wearing a synthetic featureless dark gray stock.
So that is my problem, I like both and see them useful for their own purpose and looks. So what does that make me, a romantic or pragmatist?
Well, I guess a romantic because my fall back rifle is this.
Romio oh Romio where forth art thou Romio. Ah, hell the deer won't know the difference.