Help, I recently realized I don't know how to shoot.

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  1. nicholasjohn

    nicholasjohn Well-Known Member

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    I have never really liked bipods, and have long preferred shooting sticks. ( The Underwood is my favorite.) Since it is often not possible to lay down prone, the sitting position usually works well. Squashing the rifle down into the sticks a little bit and resting both arms ( just behind the elbows ) on my knees is very steady for me. Leaning the body against a tree or rock makes it even more steady. One can get into this position quickly, and the rifle is more comfortable to carry without a bipod attached to it. Bear in mind, I'm not talking about extended-range shooting here, but out to about 400 yards the sticks are really good. Prone with a bipod is obviously more steady, but terrain and brush often negate that possibility.
     
  2. OhYtD

    OhYtD Well-Known Member

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    you have to watch a whole load of youtube shooting videos.
     
  3. 5.56×250

    5.56×250 Well-Known Member

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    It really boils down to simply practicing at doing everything exactly the same way everytime. There isn't a WRONG way , just some ways are easier to shoot .....the same way consistently. You can shoot with any device you want to.... just sight in with it, hunt with it, and if you have to shoot without it for some reason, try to mimic the same tension on the stock that the device does.
    The number one pro 3D archer in the nation back when I was competing won the world championship several times and was untouchable for a long time. He had one of the ugliest forms I've ever seen. Everything from his feet to his bow arm looked inconducive to proper technique and accuracy. It obviously didn't matter.....he had the exact same ugly form every single time he shot an arrow.
    The key is practice, quality practice .
     
  4. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    That all depends on how you intend to deal with the recoil. If you're free recoiling then loading the bipod isn't even an option.

    Loading the bipod creates an additional issue with torque that you have to manage as well.

    Lots of different ways to deal with it that work.
     
  5. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Well said, consistency is key. Even if you are doing things wrong but are consistent it's easy to counter any induced errors.
     
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  6. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    I’m eager to learn how to free recoil a magnum. Wasn’t the op shooting a 300rum?
     
  7. 5.56×250

    5.56×250 Well-Known Member

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    That can get pretty rough on the eye brow :confused:
     
  8. 5.56×250

    5.56×250 Well-Known Member

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    I had a 6 1/2 lbs 45-70 single shot that use to like my eye brow everytime I shot it on the bench. I refused to brace up and always let it free recoil . It would close your eyes ! The fix for that one was an extended eye relief scope. Of course, I dont think anyone makes EER scope with enough magnification to do that 300rum any justice . The little 4x shotgun scope worked great on that bullet lober though. My eyebrow appreciated it too :D
     
  9. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Your reply indicates just the opposite and that instead you wish to either troll or just start an argument.

    I'm not yer huckleberry.

    The threads in which we've discussed managing recoil numerous times over the years address it more than adequately.

    One can do everything possible to fight recoil, flow with it, or practice free recoil. All will work if you practice them properly and consistently.
     
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  10. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Have you ever shot with a good suppressor or muzzle break?
     
  11. 5.56×250

    5.56×250 Well-Known Member

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    I shoot a muzzle break on everything now days. Neck has 3 blown out discs, one marginally successful cage and a wad of arthritis at the base of my skull. The 45-70 time frame was when a young me thought I was bullet proof. I know different now. I wish I knew then.
     
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  12. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Then you would know that you can shoot using free recoil even with heavy recoiling magnums.
     
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  13. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    Beg yer pardon I’m not trolling you.
    I’ve experimented with my sporter barrel 300wby with a good 4 port brake on it and have found the best and only consistent way to manage recoil and have consistent poi is preload the bipods a certain amount, as I described earlier. I’m not going to tell people to free recoil a type of rifle I do not have success free recoiling.
     
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  14. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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