I own rifles from many major manufacturers in wood, laminate and synthetic. Why people feel the need to bash the "plastic" Tikka is beyond me. The Tikka stock is incredibly strong, weather resistant and rigid. The magazine is far stronger than steel and a lot less likely to make noise when hunting than a steel one. They both shoot superbly and have the best triggers I own.
This is 2007!! All synthetic materials are not the same. I changed the "tupperware" stock on a Savage, it is admittedly junk. The only resemblance to a Tikka stock is the color black. I don't bash people for buying an old fashioned wood stock, POI changes with the weather, why would they bash my plastic Tikkas? I have 4 rifles with wood stocks, 4 synthetics and 2 laminates so I don't think I'm being biased here.