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Free recoil vs hard hold

Wondering where there might be some info on the differences between the two methods.

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    Re: Free recoil vs hard hold

    [QUOTE=grinnergetter;282103]Wondering where there might be some info on the differences between the two methods.

    Just an opinion but I think a lighter hold can be more accurate.

    The harder the hold the more inconsistant the hold will be.

    This is most evident when shooting a pistol or a bow.

    A relaxed and light hold is very repeatable and there fore your groups will be more consistant
    because trigger control is also more consistant.

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    Re: Free recoil vs hard hold

    I also prefer the lighter hold. It tends to be a little hard on me with my heavy recoil rifle when shooting prone in hunting situations. I have a scab between my eyes as I type this. Went out last weekend to shoot rocks and got myself twice. I really don't like the brakes because of the noise, but I don't like the pain between my eyes either. I think it may be going to visit Kirby this summer for a pain killer brake.

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    Re: Free recoil vs hard hold

    You can go to the link and watch her shoot a moderately heavy 308. Watch how she absorbs the recoil. She does not have a death grip on the rifle but it is FIRMLY into her shoulder. Watch her hand and see she is not pulling it into her shoulder really hard but just enough preload on the bipod for consistency. She is PUSHING on the rifle with her shoulder.

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    Re: Free recoil vs hard hold

    +1 BB,

    I have found a firm hold on more powerful rifles give me better performance, especially when shooting from field positions. When shooting off a bipod in a field position, if the bipod isn't pre-loaded, the recoil of the rifle will behave differently shot to shot.

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    Re: Free recoil vs hard hold

    I agree with those replies but I was reading a article by a fellow who off the bipod, shot lights out with a hard hold.
    I dont like it either but I have hard time duplicating group sizes from bench to prone position.

    Any suggestions on the occasional flier?

    Thanks for your time, Grin
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    Re: Free recoil vs hard hold

    I tend to hold hard for nearly all my shooting, which is mostly field positions. I shoot mainly 300WM, 190 SMK's at 3000 fps. I don't think I've fired a round from a bench in over 4 years or more. But my technique is different on my 308, which isn't free recoil, but not exactly a hard hold either. I've found that my 300WM needs this technique for best results. I've actually tested out the different holds at the range, from 100 - 300 yds.

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