There's nothing nicer to a real rifle lover than a nice piece of furniture on a rifle. If you don't care for wood stocks and like your synthetics, that's fine! I just hope when you finally give one of these rifles to a son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter, they are also a fan of "plastic" furniture. Perhaps with your influence they will be after all
I do know this; Jack O'Connor (for those who might know who he is) would HATE a synthetic stock and he went on horseback hunts for weeks at a time with a wood handle attached to his beloved M70s. John Wotters? Never heard him so much as mention a synthetic stock. Elmer? Nope, not Keith either! Wood works; seal it, use a laminate... wood still works.
As for the less handsome grain we see in today's stocks? Well, we are running out of nice walnut is the simple fact. And, people who crave nice grain will pay big $$ to get it. I've bought many a rifle because of the nice wood in the stock. And, truth be known, I'd rather own a rifle with nice wood that shoots 1" than a rifle with synthetic stock that shoots 1/2". Silly me, huh??