For the last seven years I have been using my long-range competition rifles to hunt with. While the comfortability and accuracy were unparalleled, carrying a twenty-pound rifle around on all my hunts was becoming too much. I knew at some point I would have to build a specific hunting rifle to meet my needs.
Coincidentally at the same time I was looking to build a new rifle set up. The National Rifle League (NRL) announced their new series, NRL Hunter. The NRL Hunter series was now quickly becoming the inspiration for the new build. When considering the components, I had to take into consideration overall weight, price, and performance. Considering these three factors and after hours of research, I decided on using the Grayboe Phoenix as the platform for my new rifle setup. After getting my hands on the Phoenix I knew instantly I made the right choice as I envisioned hunting and competing with the build.
The Phoenix comes in at 32 ounces and is a very lightweight stock. When matched with a lightweight barreled action combination it’s not uncommon to see total gun weights from 6 to 9 lbs. I paired my Phoenix with a Zermatt tl3 action, a Proof Research carbon barrel and topped it with a Leupold Mark 5 5-25 scope in combination with American Rifle Company rings and my total weight is 9lbs 3oz.
The Phoenix has a fully adjustable cheek rest which is essential for creating the perfect head alignment to the scope and ultimately providing a much more accurate repeatable rifle. The oversized knob used to tighten and loosen the cheek rest is very handy when raising and lowering the cheek rest for adjustability purpose. Grayboe includes a smaller set screw to use for permanent fixture if you don’t like having the oversized knob.
Another added feature that adds to the overall adjustability of the stock is the included length of pull shims. Generally companies will charge extra for these shims and they can be a pain to install. The shims which are included with the Grayboe Phoenix are super easy to add in order to increase the overall length of pull. Simply remove the two set screws in the butt pad and you are on your way.
Note the large adjustment knob for the cheek rest
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