There is no wood out there that can take the beating, abuse, and utter violation that a synthetic stock can. Okay, utter violation was too far, but, if there was a wood stock out there that could, I would buy it. There is one problem....$$$$$$$$$. I love wood stocks. It feels so much better. I just cannot be as efficient(if you will), because there will always be that nagging thought that I will drop it and skin it up. My synthetic stock is pretty beat up, so you can only imagine what my glossy 1100 would look like if it was my primary. For a gun that isn't taking a swim that often, I choose wood. For anything but waterfowl or turkey, I prefer wood.