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Need help for an LOP on rifle for smaller woman question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow, Mar 25, 2010.

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  1. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

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    Here's the deal.

    I'm fabricating a 2nd stock for a rifle (IMI Timberwolf pump) from a block of wood.

    I am 5' 8" with 'standard' build I suppose (in terms of relative arm length to other body proportions). The LOP is just right for me, but much too long for my girlfriend, and this is gonna be 'her' rifle.

    Now she is 5' 4" with correspondingly shorter arms. So her height is only 4" less than me.

    The question is *how much shorter* should the stock be over what it is now (for a 'standard' adult)?

    Keep in mind that I don't want it TOO short because I've got a Leupold 1-4x20mm on it, which has long eye relief, so I want it as long as possible while still allowing her to shoot it comfortably.

    So reduce LOP by 3/4ths", 1", 1 1/4th", or what, do you think?
     
  2. kanook

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    Since you are going to the trouble of making a stock for her, why not have it cut for her LOP. If her LOP is too short for the scope YOU want on HER firearm then change it.
     
  3. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    OK, forget about the scope then - assume use of iron sights or moving the scope much farther forward....

    What do you think? I'm thinking right about 1" less, or possibly 1.25.
     
  4. lions

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    I would cut off a little at a time until it fits properly. Maybe not the easiest or the fastest way but at least you won't mess it up.
     
  5. MetalHead

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    Seat of the pants guess, if she thinks that first stock is way long try one inch shorter, but be prepared to trim off even more.
     
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    http://www.chuckhawks.com/compact_rifles.htm

    "Taller than normal individuals of average proportion require a rifle stock with a longer length of pull, while shorter people need a shorter stock. A shooter 6' 2" tall will usually take a stock with a 14" length of pull. Jack O'Connor wrote that his wife Eleanor, who was 5' 2" tall, shot a 13" rifle stock. Depending on their build, people 5' 2" to 5' 8" tall will do best with a stock that has a length of pull between 13" and 13 1/2". People with long arms will need more length of pull; those with short arms should use a shorter stock."

    You can always cut more, but it is harder to put it back on!
     
  7. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    That's helpful; thank you; with that in mind, I think I'll start by shaving off 3/4ths or 7/8ths, and then check to see how it fits her and go from there; thanks again all.
     
  8. lions

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    You should set up a poll to vote for how much to shave off at a time.:neener:
     
  9. briansmithwins

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    The way I learned it was that the proper LOP is from the firer's firing grip on the weapon to the inside of the elbow.

    I've found that to be a good guide.

    BSW
     
  10. kanook

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    If you have or know somebody with a rifle with a adjustable stock, find out what fits her best.

    measure twice and cut once.
     
  11. kanook

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    Hope this helps some
     
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