Wood has tradition, beauty (in good examples), and warmth.
Synthetic is ugly, but lighter (in good examples) and more stable.
While my hunting rifle has a synthetic stock, and I intend to buy the King of Ugly (Steyr Scout) when I get home, I can certainly appreciate a good piece of wood. But for practicality, synthetic wins out, and I have embraced my minimalist nature.
Agreed - I can't vote for one or the other. I'm a traditionalist as far as the warmth, feel, and beauty of wood. But for in the field, synthetic has all the advantages. Same reason that I leave the wooden grips on my handguns when I'm at the range, but pull the Hougues on before going out hunting.
Wood for me all the way. Guns just look and feel right to me with wood. I see the need for synthetic for hunting guns but them days are about over for me. I am old dinosaur so I guess thats why I go with the wood.
I personally like synthetic stocks as they seem more practical for a hunting rifle, not to say i dont like wood but just seems like i dont wnat to be afraid to scratch a hunting rifle with a nice wood stock. That being said if i were buying a range gun or a really expensive ($2000 plus) hunting rifle i would def. get a nice custom wood stock on it. Also the synthetic stock has to look right on the gun, like the remington 700 XCR and RMEF XCR, they jsut look real nice to me, also kind of give some guns a tactial type look too which is cool.
If the rifle is a classic or just a discussion piece then wood grade 4. But to actually use in the real world synthetic all the way as it is not susceptible to climate change, more durable,Lighter and don,t get slippery when hunting in wet weather, Not to mention they take a camo paint job better.
i'm a traditional wood and blued steel man. that being said after quitting smoking i bought a rem. model 700 bdl . synthetic stainless steel in 7mm rem ultra mag. as a moose rifle. it's probably one of the best balanced rifles i own. i didn't go nuts on the scope bushnell elite 4200. the advantage i feel to synthetic, it won't absorb moisture and expand like wood. it won't absorb oil , thereby peeling the finnish off the wood. it doesn't look bad either as long as the steel is stainless,or plated electroless nickel. it looks bad with blued steel,but what the hell. if it's a fine shooting rifle i guess that doesn't matter. pblsyd
It's funny that you mentioned that. I'm new on this forum and I just posted my first message/question earlier today involving which bolt action rifle to select. As far as stocks are concerned I'm sticking with wood. I know that synthetic stocks theoretically have an advantage of not warping in extreme climates, but I don't plan on hunting in the swamps and jungles of Vietnam or the north pole any time soon. To me hunting is traditional and fun, and that's why I'm sticking with wood. I think it's safe to say that wood stocks will serve you fine in most hunting situations.