1. …if I was on a ruffed grouse hunt in the north woods of Minnesota, and tripped on a deadfall that caused me to go down like a ton of bricks, smacking the plastic stock of my shotgun squarely on a big, sharp rock, would that plastic stock crack, break, or shatter, and ruin the entire hunt?
2. …if I was hunting squirrels in the oak forests of central part of Minnesota; and tried to quietly pick my way through a thick patch of thorns that then noisily scraped and scratched on the plastic stock of my 10/22 like fingernails on a chalkboard; and, would that noise scatter those squirrels so quickly that I may as well go home and call it a day?
3. …if, while getting to my favorite duck hunting spot early one fall morning, I ducked through a barbed-wire fence and took a big gouge out of the plastic stock on my shotgun. Would I be able to repair that plastic and make it look as good as new again?
4. …if I was stalking a buck on a deer hunt in the northern white pine forests of Minnesota, and took a shot at 200 yards, would that plastic be rigid enough to give me the confidence to make a clean kill on a head shot.
I can answer each of those scenarios without having to use too much imagination:
1. The plastic stock would probably crack. Then every shot I’d take would sting my hand just like a cracked bat on a baseball.
2. The plastic stock would make so much noise, that I wouldn’t see deer the rest of the day.
3. The plastic stock would not be repairable; and it would look even uglier.
4. The plastic stock would move so much from recoil, that I’d never be confident in it making 200-yard killing head shots.
In each of these situations, I think my hunt would be ruined. So, really, why chance a ruined hunt by using a plastic stock? I only have so many hunts in me before I won’t be able to hunt anymore. So I’m not going to put any more risk of failure into my hunts by adding stupid, unreliable plastic to my guns. I want something I can rely on…a hardwood gunstock. Don’t you?