Originally Posted by Donn
Interesting. Bought my M29 in 1978. While the factory wood grips look nice, the checkering would bloody the heel of my hand. Opted for Pachmayr grips which were not only easier on my hand, they also absorb a good deal of the recoil.
I've had the web of my hand abraded raw as the gun rolled up in recoil to the point a painful blister formed using rubber grips. This, plus the overall feel of rubber has turned me sour against rubber grips.
Also at times I have been slowed down as I try to shift my grasp at times as the rubber won't allow fine adjustments in my grip.
Over the years I've just developed a nasty taste for rubber grips. Do prefer smooth wood, however, not checkered.
One of the worst experiemnces I've had was with a .45-70 stocked with rubber.