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how do you properly shoot from a rest, both handguns and rifles?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Soybomb, Apr 27, 2008.

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  1. Soybomb

    Soybomb Member

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    I've had several people that I've considered shooting mentors and each has taught me their own way style of shooting, including shooting from a rested position. I'm starting to shoot at longer ranges and want to remove myself as a variable as much as possible and test more of the accuracy of the ammo I'm using. What is the way most people consider "proper" to shoot from a rest? I don't have anything like a lead sled available or anything, just me, a table, my rifle and handgun, and whatever else I bring (sand bag, bean bag, jacket, etc)

    I've heard to hold the forearm of the rifle, to prop it up on a bean bag, to prop it up on something hard, to toss a beanbag under the pistol mag, to only put my wrists on the beanbag....everyone seems to have their own idea so what works best for you?
     
  2. boatbod

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    There's many different methods of resting a gun, but the one thing you need to achieve is shot-to-shot repeatability.

    Personally I favor either a bipod or sandbag under the forestock, and then hold the buttstock into my shoulder.
     
  3. lamazza

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    Rest the rifle foreend STOCK(not barrel) on sand bag.
    Pull rifle stock into should.
    Good cheek weld and one hand works trigger.
    Other arm/hand folds accross chest and reinforces rear stock.
    Do not hold fore end with hand as it is already supported by sand bags.
     
  4. Karl Hungus

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    With a rifle I use a tripod or bag under the forend, and a squishy (not all the way full) bag under the rear of the stock. Left hand squeezes the rear bag to adjust for elevation.

    With a pistol I use a small bag just in front of the trigger guard. Be prepared for the bag to get massive powder staining if you're shooting a revolver.
     
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