Pretty much all of the injected molded stocks have wimpy forends that you can twist and so they make contact with the barrel.
hmmmm.....I have 4 Bansner Hi-techs, an H-S precision, and had 2 Mcmillans, every one of them will touch the bbl. when enough pressure is applied (from the bottom or the side). On a Bi-pod, not sure (hardly ever use mine), but if the Tupperware stock touches the bbl. when said bipod is used, just take a little more out of the bbl. channel!
Well known Outfitter & Hunting/Rifle Scribe, Phil Shoemaker, actually prefers the Factory Tupperwares, to the "more better" after market, market. To each his own I say.
I have rifles in all 3 configurations. My thinking is along the same lines as varmitr......Except for my .358 Norma (being built), & the new .375 Ruger I wanna get, They are gonna wear Wood, but will have all that can be done to "weatherproof" them, and they by no means are gonna be a Safe Queens!
Would I take either of the above Rifles on a Coastal Hunt?...Yes, Would I be likely to do so?...No