I too was one of the 'anti-plastic parts on 10/22's' guys...........until I finally got really fed up with searching for an "affordable" decent condition classic metal parts example!! A couple of months ago I swallowed my ignorance / prejudice and bought a new wood stocked "carbine", plastic parts and all. And now it's my favorite range "fun" .22!! Accurate at 50 and 100 yards, and totally trouble free with a variety of ammo.
All I've done to it so far is centered the barreled action in stock w/simple glued in place shims, "floated" the barrel, done a bit of polishing on trigger and bolt parts that rub on each other, and installed a TECH-SIGHT "peep" sight kit. It's a load of fun to shoot at spinner targets and prints amazingly tight patterns on paper with any decent quality ammo.
So there you have it - one converts confession, what a relief!!!!