I think that most of the firearms makers now are trying to keep cost down by using plastic stocks on there cheaper modles. I think some people may be confusing plastic or synthetic with composite.Most of your high end stocks Mcmillen, Bell and Carlson and others are composite with aluminum bedding blocks,NOT plastic or synthetic. Altho some will argue that synthetic is composite but in my mind its not. I think that people buy a cheap $300-500 dollar walmart rifle with a plastic stock and find it flimsy and the rifle not that accurate and blame that on the crapy synthetic stock. So my personal opinion is that people get what they pay for if you want a good stock on a rifle you are going to have to shell out a few more dollars! in my experance its with it!!