Re: MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Prone position
Please describe your optimum prone position for best accuracy in the field. Angling (30-45 degrees?) to target or torso in a straight line?
My prone shooting involves the use of a bipod.
I make every effort to position the body in as straight a line with the rifle as possible. The controlling factor is how the rifle meets the shoulder and, where necessary, I adjust a few degrees off center to accomodate that proper rifle butt/shoulder connection.
#2 Please describe the position of your feet - flat to ground or upright on an angle.
I allow my feet to assume a natural position (which often depends on the terrain) so that the legs and feet are relaxed. The legs and feet must not introduce tension to the rest of the body at any time. That most commonly results in a toes out position for the feet.
#3 Please describe, if you have not covered this in #1, the position of your elbows, head and neck.
The butt of the rifle rests on a "butt bag" ...........................
My right elbow rests, without tension, to the side of the rifle in a position that compliments the required angle of the right hand's position on the stock. The left elbow is forward of the head and bent to position the left hand near the butt of the stock. The left hand sometimes comes into play for fine elevation/windage adjustments (however, once any windage adjustment is made the lateral pressure on the butt is removed) to put the sights on target.
I use an adjustable cheek rest - it isn't truly a "rest" because cheek pressure is kept to an absolute minimum - to align my sighting eye with the scope eyepiece at proper eye relief.
My right hand touches the rifle only lightly - I do not grip the rifle by folding the right thumb over the stock. The right thumb remains pointed forward along the right side of the stock. The fingers of the right hand press firmly but gently to maintain positive contact between the shoulder and butt.
I have a great woman, fantastic kids, a warm place to sleep and an accurate rifle. Life is good ..............
Hunter Safety Instructor - Rifle/Pistol Marksmanship Instructor
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