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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

    Oct 31, 2005
    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

    boatbod Member

    Oct 3, 2007
    Eastern Shore, MD
    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

    lamazza Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    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

    Karl Hungus Member

    Apr 26, 2008
    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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