Honestly, though, except for duck hunting - and I mean the pack in decoys, wallow in the mud kind, not the genteel sit in a permanent blind kind - there's not much reason to have a plastic stocked gun. They are ugly, they are harder to cut to length and impossible to bend. Walnut looks better and with the right finish it neither glares nor does it get those white scars when you scratch it in the field. For my newest enthusiasm of dove and field goose hunting, there is no reason not to shoot guns with wood stocks although I have been doing both with that black 391. Besides, walnut adds aesthetic appeal to the hunt and I think - this is a goofy thought, I know -- it shows some respect for the birds. I have shot some pheasants with plastic stocked guns but I dislike doing so. I believe upland birds generally prefer to be killed with good looking guns.