It’s true that if you take guns hunting you will ding them up. That’s one of the reasons I prefer to buy used guns. They come pre-dinged, so I don’t have to worry about putting the first scratch in a pristine stock. I have broken exactly one gunstock in nearly 40 years of hunting. Years ago, I took a hard fall on the ice and cracked the stock of a Ruger Red Label all the way through. On the other hand, wood can be tough. I fell on a Beretta Silver Pigeon III hard enough to break my arm last fall, and the gunstock, evidently, is stouter than I am. And, our fathers and grandfathers killed tons of game with wood stocked guns with shiny barrels. It’s not the handicap we now think it is.