Nice work on that stock, CW.
My experience; bought a “walnut” stock with laser checkering. I was (and still am) pleased. The fit is good, with no work required. It had no flaws. The laser checkering doesn't hold a candle to real checkering. But I expected that. The price was right, and delivery was quick. The grain is straight and very plain. But again, I expected that. The barrel is a little bit off center in the channel but not too bad. All in all, no problems.
Recently I got a little chip in the finish, one of those dings that seem to always happen when you have a “using” gun. It knocked a chip out of the finish, not just a dent. About the size of a pin head. The wood is white, very white...sheet of paper white.