- Jul 16, 2016
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?
The support hand is typically used for toe support. If used with a squeeze bag then then there are a few ways to manipulate the stock still with your index and thumb. Simple answer, both hands are on the rifle.
#2 Do you vary the hold according to the caliber and weight of the rifle?
No, universal: the recoil is always going to be straight back on a proper rifle. If your technique for recoil management is solid, recoil at any reasonable magnum with reasonable proportioned weight of rifle, proper technique can over come. Unless you weight 80 lbs. like my wife.
#3 Do you vary the hold depending on the field shooting position?
Sometimes. Shooting off odd structures, barricades and off your knees in a sitting position, requires some alterations. Off hand supported or off hand using an sniper cradle will vary.
#4 Do you prefer vertical pistol grips vs curved grip design? Doesn’t matter as long as you don’t disturb the rifle and can still mitigate recoil. If you can follow your shot consistently then you are doing it right.