I love the snake skin. so far they seem plenty durable. I have put about 2000 rounds through the gun with these grips with very little wear. The grips are very "grippy" easy to hold on to.
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.
all 25 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple