I've never had any wood stock chip at the receiver, and some of my shoptguns are 40+ years old. I imagine a laminated stock would be just as good or better. Bottom line: I don't think that's something you need to worry about.
I would appreciate any comments on laminate stocks, good or bad. I like the visual effect that can be achieved with them and have already purchased one for one of my shotguns. I'm thinking of purchasing one for a .308 but I wanted some feedback on their durability, how moisture or cold weather may effect them, etc.
In theory laminate is stronger and less likely to warp because of the adhesive used to hold the layers together and the manipulation of the grain with each layer. The grain is not all running the same way so it is stronger. Plus they do some really neat looking stuff with colors in the layering.
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I like laminate stocks, especially on rifles as I think they provide a more stable bedding platform than natural wood. I think the only downside is that some laminate stocks are heavier than natural wood--but not so much that it probably matters for most people.
Laminated stocks are stronger than conventional 1 piece wood stocks. There really isn't a downside to laminated stocks other than the weight but as Missleman stated there's not a huge difference. Laminated stocks are superior when the firearm is out in wet weather because they won't warp. Personally I prefer the look of finely figured walnut stock over laminated however.
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