Elbow To Trigger Gun Fit

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  1. jdduckman

    jdduckman Senior Refuge Member

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    At some point I accepted this as gospel, that a gun stock should be almost to the crook of your elbow allowing your index finger to bend over the trigger.
    Last season, I got to the point where I didn't know where I was shooting with my lengthened stock guns and I spent many a miserable day afield wondering why I couldn't hit anything.

    I read that when checking for gun fit, the end of your nose, should be 5 3/4" from a vertical line that extends up from the center of the trigger.

    So with no alterations, the brand new 870 super mag fits my 6'4" frame perfectly and the bead looks to be floating when I look down the barrel not (seeing the rib).

    Am I doing this right?
     
  2. CA Birdman

    CA Birdman Elite Refuge Member

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    Everybody is different. At 6' 4" your gun fit is going to be different than someone who is a foot shorter. The gun should point to where you are looking without you aiming. Once gun points to where you are looking then just need to make sure it shoots to POA. Get the gun fit, take one thing out of the equation.
     
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  4. oldfireguy

    oldfireguy Senior Refuge Member

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    Forty plus years ago, a Gunsmith helped me fit my 870 magnum stock. The goal is to have the gun point where you are looking.
    1. Wear your hunting coat.
    2. Consistent proper mounting is a must. Practice.
    3. You should not be seeing the rib, only the bead.
    4. Eye focus on target. Both eyes open.
    5. Add temp spacing, shims etc to achieve proper fit.
    I am 6'0"" and wear a 35" sleeve. My fit for my 870 is 15 1/4" length of pull, with 1/4" cast off.
    There are stock fitting specialists out there. Best money I ever spent.
    Good luck.
     
  5. Gander

    Gander Elite Refuge Member

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    There are no hard rules in gun fit. Way too many variables. A good gunfitter will work with you on gun mount.

    I will say this much. Your thumb shouldn't be too close to your nose. And you should be seeing some rib when fully mounted. Beyond that there is a lot of tinkering and shooting to get a gun properly fit.

    For me, at 6'2" my LOP is 15.25. My stocks have quite a bit of cast due to being fairly muscular in the chest. And I have the comb moved to the left (right handed) to get my centered down the rib. I see quite a bit of rib on my guns.
     
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  6. Ravenanme

    Ravenanme Elite Refuge Member

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    Your physical shape will determine the way your gun is "Suppose to Fit" , oh yeah , how tall you are changes things some but gun
    manufactures build and design guns to fit the average Hunter ! There're many small dementions that will improve your Gun Fit , if ,
    your shooting requires a properly fit gun but make NO mistake about it , knowing what it takes , fitting a gun , is a advantage shooting !
     
  7. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Senior Refuge Member

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    For the gun to place pattern 50/50 if barrel is regulated correctly you don,t want to see rib, just bead. Length of pull can be tricky depending on your gun mounting habits. I,m 6'1" and a 14" length of pull works fine for me with 1/5/8" drop at comb. My Benelli M2 needs r.h. cast shim but my brownings don,t. Point of impact test is your best way to see if stocks fitting you correctly. I believe your 870 is probably 1 1/2" drop at comb with 14" length of pull on unaltered stock. Buttstock pitch can effect comfort level in shooting as well.
     
  8. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    If your LOP is comfortable, and your thumb doesn't smack your nose when you shoot, then the LOP is correct for you. There are no hard/fast rules other than what feels best to you.
     
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    Olefart Senior Refuge Member

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    All my shot guns have a middle bead on rib. I stack them to make sure I keep my head down. Learned to do this when trap shooting, and carried it over to duck hunting.
     

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