Having a gun that fit you well as the shooter is a very critical element of successful wing and clay shooting.
Making sure that your mount is consistent and your eye is in the right spot, nearly every time you mount will help you to hit more clays or bird.
So we are going to look at a few of those elements and hopefully allow you to be able to see how well your shotgun fits you.
The first thing we will gonna look at is the length of pull which deals with the length of your stock.
so one quick way to see how well the length matches you the Shooter is just to mount your shotgun.
As you mount your shotgun, you need to look at the distance between your nose and your thumb.
You should have about 1 1/2 to maybe two and a half finger length.
The next thing we want to look at is drop at comb, which deals with how much your stock drop.
So again just mount your shotgun and look down the barrel. Now we testing for whether we are too high or too low.
If you looking down your barrel, you want to basically see the rib as a flat plane. If you’re too high, you are going to be looking down on the rib and seen a lot of rib.
Or if your head is too low, your will see a lot of receiver and you might not see the front sight of your gun.
Make sure that the rib is a flat plane as you are looking down the barrel of the shotgun.
Next, we will look at the cast of your shotgun which deals with what do your stock is bent left or right or neutral.
So if it bent to the left, that’s we call cast off, if it bent to the right thats called cast on.
A lot of shotguns come with the neutral cast, but that’s not always the case.
So let’s remount your shotgun, and this time pay an attention to if our eyes is really centred, making sure we’re not too far one side to the left or to the right and looking at an angle.
We want to be perfectly aligned with that rib, looking straight down that plane.
The last thing we will want to talk about is the pitch of your shotgun. Pitch is dealing with the angle of your recoil pad or your buttstock.
If your pitch is isn’t correct it’s gonna affect things like how you feel the recoil from your shotgun.
So there are some shooter complain about, it really feels like their face gets slapped when they shot with a shotgun.
A lot of times that’s just due to incorrect pitch. So if you have any of these problems there is a few things to look at.
First, a lot of shotguns now come with spacers or shims that allow you to make adjustments to your stock, to change length or your cast and different things like that as we talked about.
If they don’t fix the problem, you may want to see a qualified gunsmith. They will really be able to help you get your gun setup that fit you best.
Because that’s how you will gonna be more successful in shooting clays or shooting birds.