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Old 09-03-2007, 11:38 AM
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MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - How hard do you hold

Interested to hear opinions on how "tight" to hold the rifle during the bench and also field firing procedure.

#1 Do you control the rifle with both left and right hands?

#2 Do you vary the hold according to the caliber and weight of the rifle?

#3 Do you vary the hold depending on the field shooting position?

#4 Do you prefer vertical pistol grips vs curved grip design?

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Old 09-03-2007, 07:04 PM
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#1 Do you control the rifle with both left and right hands?
Depends on the level of recoil. If I can use only one hand I will.
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#2 Do you vary the hold according to the caliber and weight of the rifle?
I vary it by whether the gun returns to target on its own or needs a left hand to get it back down.
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#3 Do you vary the hold depending on the field shooting position?

For kneeling, sitting and standing positions I will vary technique as needed.
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#4 Do you prefer vertical pistol grips vs curved grip design?
For prone I like a vertical grip but for other positions I am more comfortable and more used to the curved grip.
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:59 PM
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Answers are for bench and prone and for three rifles 222 REM, 270AM-braked 338 RUM-braked

#1 Do you control the rifle with both left and right hands?
Only one hand with the trigger finger touches the rifle. Other hand is on the beanie bag.

#2 Do you vary the hold according to the caliber and weight of the rifle?

No. A slight/delicate straight pull back with the trigger hand.

#3 Do you vary the hold depending on the field shooting position?

For long range hunting the position is always prone unless something miserable happens.

#4 Do you prefer vertical pistol grips vs curved grip design?
Vertical pistol grip much much more preferred!!!
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#1 Do you control the rifle with both left and right hands?
I prefer to only use my right hand to hold the grip.

#2 Do you vary the hold according to the caliber and weight of the rifle?
Yes depending on the recoil, I might rest my left hand on the top of the scope to prevent the rifle from jumping the bag.

#3 Do you vary the hold depending on the field shooting position?
Depends on the situation, if I am able to shoot prone, I would rather only hold the rifle with my right hand and use the left to support the rear bag or rest. If using sticks or other similar type rest the left hand is generally supporting the forend of the rifle stock and the rest.

#4 Do you prefer vertical pistol grips vs curved grip design?
All the sticos I have use the curved grip so I guess I prefer it at this time.
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Old 10-18-2007, 02:01 AM
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1. I find some rifles / positions need the left hand on the forearm to spot hits. I will hold on then, if left hand is not needed on rear rest.

2. Yes. I pull heavier recoiling rifles into my shoulder harder. However, only tension changes, not hand position.

3. Yes. Same reasons as #1. If bipod is on uneven suface I will hold onto forend to help spot hits. I will sacrifice the spot if left hand is needed on rear rest, or to maintain stability.

4. I prefer a vertical grip. I also like a near vertical tear drop. Seems to feal more solid.
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Old 10-20-2007, 12:50 PM
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+1 on all the above. See also Shawn Carlock's Dad and the way he is holding it in the article reading the wind.
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I've found that with my rifles, each is its own person. One likes to be held "tight", while another I can just relax, and let it "free-recoil", another point I've found that if I'm shooting prone it depends on what I'm shooting off of. If its concrete on a bipod, I have to hold the but a bit tighter (A5 McMillan helps by design), but I allow the forearm to "ride".
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