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Shooting Stance and Bullet Impact

Shooting Stance and Bullet Impact


Shooting Stance and Bullet Impact

Shooting Stance and Bullet Impact

Not only is there a variation in the landing point of the bullet when shot with a rest and offhand, but there will be a change, either vertical or horizontal, every time the rifleman adopts a new position or a different style of holding. The rifle shot from the knee rest, for instance, may shoot high or it may place its bullets to one side or the other. The sitting position will probably again necessitate a change in the sighting. Even shooting the weapon with extended arm, or with body rest and guard in the palm will make a difference in elevation.

Probably the two positions that shoot the nearest to one elevation are the off-hand and the prone. It is not likely with either of these that there would be enough variation to cause missing of game though for fine target work the sights would have to be changed.

The gist of all this is that if the hunter has a rifle of high power and heavy recoil he should devote a great deal of study to its idiosyncrasies. A rifle of recoil above twenty-five pounds can never be shot with accuracy from any description of rest that might be resorted to in the game field, and as a consequence the sportsman must never be tempted to rest his piece for the sake of a more secure aim, if he does the result will be a certain and outrageous miss regardless of how well he may have held. Unless the owner has tested his piece thoroughly in the three common positions used in game shooting, off-hand, knee-rest, and prone, and knows just how much the sighting should be varied, he had better confine himself to the off-hand, no matter if he cannot hold so steadily. The bullet will at least land where he pulls it and that is something it may not do with any other style of holding.

Where time and opportunity serve, however, the hunter should practice with his weapon until he knows it by heart. He can then, without change of sight, vary his holding enough to make allowance for the effect of recoil in the position he finds most opportune.

If the rifle shoots to the right from the knee rest, something it is quite likely to do, why hold a trifle to the left every time you kneel to shoot. If it shoots low in the prone or high, be sure to find it out and exactly how much. In passing, it might be well to state here that the man who can keep ten shots in the eight-inch circle at two hundred yards, shooting one shot from the prone, one from the knee, and one standing, following it up in regular rotation, possesses a higher order of rifle skill than he who could keep his ten straight in the bull off-hand.

Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.

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