I prefer the monte carlo stock over the sportster stock.
- The position of the trigger hand is more upright, allowing me to tuck my elbow in close to my side. The sporster stock has my elbow floating out to the right of the rifle.
- My trigger finger pulls back toward my shoulder, vs upward with the sportster stock.
To take it 1 step further, I replaced the sporster stock of my 853 with the composite/plastic montecarlo stock of a 953. The reason is weight. The plastic montecarlo stock is significantly heavier than the wood stock, making the rifle sit better, and is easier to hold steady.