In over 50 years of hunting, I've never had a wood stock warp. I think that problem is overrated, not that it doesn't happen.
There is just something about a wood stock that I like better than synthetic, and they are a lot better looking in my opinion.
I'm an old guy to but I hunt and shoot year round in all kinds of weather so my wood stock stays in the box and 3 of my rifles wear black plastic. For show the wood goes back on but dragging out to the range or through the woods in snow, rain, and hot humid days I'll grit my teeth and shoot plastic.
Depends on where you live and how much time in the elements you spend. A week in the rain in Washington will do you bad as will a couple of weeks in the hot sun of the Arizona or New Mexico desert.
Unless your gun is only out when you shoot and you only shoot in shirtsleeve weather it won't be a problem. Depends on which kind of shooter you are squirrelsniper.
I can appreciate the merits of both. The custom rifle I am in the midst of getting built had some serious consideration behind it concerning what type of stock to put on it. I wanted an all weather gun that I would really enjoy shooting and have no worries on trips to others states for hunts.
I "compromised" and opted for a laminate stock from Shehane stocks. With an oil finish, these are some of the prettiest stocks I've seen.
Not sure if this is an option on your Browing or if you have any motivation to switch out stocks.
I have both, but the majority wear synthetic stocks. I have found that I prefer the synthetic, as I hunt in a climbing tree stand, and in ladder stands, and dragging them up the tree can be pretty hard on a nicely finished wood stock.
I think blued steel and walnut are a good combo
Stainless and walnut is also good, but stainless and synthetic is good.
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