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First Impressions: GRS Berserk & Tikka CTR

The intrepid D* gives us his first impressions of a brand new GRS Berserk Stock with his Tikka CTR barreled action - and talks ergonomics and installation from the perspective of those of us who aren't gunsmiths by trade (or even play one on TV).
OK guys AND gals, GRS Berserk stock for Tikka CTR, let’s do this. 
 
  
 
I’m NOT a gunsmith (although sometimes I play one on TV. That said, installation was a breeze. It uses the same bottom metal and has the barrel lug already in place so no need to get the Sawzall out to get the one from your old stock. Everything else lined up and dropped in the OEM action screws that came with the CTR and TIME! Mere seconds! 
 
 
 
First impressions...this thing looks good, and feels good. You will no doubt notice the slight cant in the grip which personally I like - and felt natural - but since I had the chance, I asked the president of the GRS...why? And he explained if you just hold your hands out just bending from the elbow - like your about to grab something your hand isn’t at a 90 degree angle. The 8 degree cant is engineered to follow your arms' natural cant, and you can tell when you shoulder this stock that it's comfortable.
 
Sounded good to me, and I have to say feels natural. I also think it helped to keep my finger in correct correlation to the trigger and didn’t allow me to get to much meat on it. The butt is fully adjustable for cheek weld and length of pull to accommodate a wide range of shooters and comforts, and also has a fairly decent recoil pad factory-installed. 
 
Also worth noting are the two areas of “grippy” material added to the grip and forend. It’s not a coarse texture, but a softer area that even in what felt like 100% humidity and 90 degrees I had a good purchase on it, so I imagine a rainy hunt or range day it would work just as well.
 
 
Cons of this setup? For some, the cut outs under the butt part of stock may provide a challenge because it is not a continual slope to move your rear bag as needed up and down. It is, however, cut so I could lock my off hand in and I found it worked great for me.
 
But enough about me. I was having so much fun with a functioning platform that I thought I need a second opinion. But being a lone wolf as I am, I had no one at the range with me so I started calling strangers over to see what they thought. General consensus was while at first they didn’t understand the grip angle, after they pulled it up a few times - and especially from standing free hand position - they agreed it was comfortable and draws right to the eye nice and fast. 
 
So there you go folks, If you’re looking for a solid stock upgrade take a look at the GRS line. They have inlets to accommodate a wide range of manufacturers, colors, and styles.
 
 

Comments (3) -

  • M

    9/8/2017 1:27:20 PM | Reply

    What is the difference between the CTR and the Tactical version of the Tikka T3x? Why did you pick the CTR?

  • Joe Rhodes

    1/14/2018 10:40:36 PM | Reply

    Do you have a stock that will work in a Winchester M70 SA 308 varmint bbl

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