I put some stags on my S&W 27-2 but I'm not so sure they will do when shooting 357 magnums. So I added a grip adapter to make them more hand filling. I could always go back to the S&W targets but they feel like a 2x4 in my hand.
S&W wood is best for appearance, but Altamont bonded ivory are a favorite here and we have a number of pistols with those. For magnum shooting I agree with the rubber grips being much more comfortable!
I have always preferred the wood grips, from the standard used on my issued model 15s to the large grips on the 41 magnum and 45 I used to have. If a pistol has the wood replaced by something else, I would normally leave them on. This is partly because it's part of the history of the gun and also because people want way too much for original grips.
Once I was introduced to Houge's, I put em' on all the Smiths and CZ's. It's like instant comfort. Are the rubber grips beautiful? no. But for my purposes the weapon only needs to work correctly, not be pretty. Here is a mint 13-1