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    dsc 1

    I am having trouble getting in a solid shooting position[sitting] ready for the dsc test.
    Any one have any ideas/advise or pics, all advise gratefully received,Tod.

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    Thats a good video.

    Depending on what aids you are using - twin sticks at the front work well and the 'old fashioned' military two piece sling properly used in this position seems almost like witchcraft - most of any wobble tends to be from your righthand side ( reverse if a southpaw).

    In such case it is getting a point of contact for your right elbow that pays dividends. Even a relatively light contact makes a difference.

    If you struggle to get that right elbow to your right knee without tensing up, then likely you need to change the angle at which you face the target - usually scrutching round to a sharper angle solves it.

    Good luck.
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    If its possible turn the magnification on your scope down as a wobble looks far worse at a higher mag. Get your elbows tucked into your knees, get your breathing right and the first time the crosshairs cover the bull fire. The longer you take the worse it will get. Dont snatch it but slowly come down on to the bull, pause and fire. Failling that get half cut on 5 Gins and you'll be steady as!!!


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    There are several vids on YouTube about shooting positions. Type in ballistic tips and they are field sports channel clips.

    A few mistakes i see all the time are people trying to sit up too high. Get right down, lean forward and jam elbows into knees for bone support if youre not using sticks. If going off sticks, again, get right down but for a right hander get you right elbow onto your right knee, that stops pivoting round the sticks and makes you much steadier. Do what you like with the left, just whatever helps. Then, most important, make sure you're body is neutral. Everything in the middle of it's range of movement so there is no stress. Finally before you shoot, acquire the target. Shut your eyes and relax. Open eyes and if you're not still pointing at the target move round so you are. Takes ages to write but seconds to do if you practice. Also if you're going off sticks, don't for crying out loud shoot off the side of a pair of sticks, only from the V at the top. There is no strength in a stick in tension, only in compression. Try it. You will bounce all over!

    P.s. If you have lower back problems like me, forget it and do it from kneeling!!
    Last edited by Wingers243; 12-06-2012 at 22:36.

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    these two blokes have got it about spot on, this is pretty much the same position I used on my DSC1 shooting test the other week, edit to add if not using sticks I would be a bit more relaxed in the knees with my right elbow on my right knee and my left elbow about half way between my groin and my left knee, plus if you have a bipod on your rifle have it open when shooting off the sticks as this means you can clamp your left hand around the bipod and sticks making the rest rock solid!
    Last edited by Hyperion; 12-06-2012 at 22:55.

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    If shooting off sticks then for some reason I can almost always shoot better kneeling than sitting, I just can't get sitting to work for me. I shot my DSC1 kneeling off sticks. When kneeling with sticks bring the "wrong" knee up to support the elbow of the arm that pulls the trigger - I'm left handed so while I would normally bring my right knee up to rest the elbow that supports the rifle on when I have sticks I let them support the rifle and I bring the left knee up, sitting on my right heel, and rest the elbow of the arm that pulls the trigger on this knee. I also pretty much slouch over the rifle and nearly drape myself over it and on a good day I can shoot nearly as well kneeling as I can prone.

    So, maybe if you can't make sitting work for you then kneeling with the sticks is worth a try?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingers243 View Post

    P.s. If you have lower back problems like me, forget it and do it from kneeling!!
    I am prone to lower back problems and for the DSC1 I used a roe sack stuffed with waterproofs to sit on. Try practising in a low sitting position facing the target with your feet crossed at the ankles, left elbow rested slightly forward on the left knee and right elbow rested slightly to the back of the right knee (if righthanded), start by doing this without any other support. For DSC1 you are allowed to support the front end of the rifle with either cross sticks or an extended bipod. Once you have practised sitting unsupported the addition of the support should give you stability approaching that of the prone position. One of the most important things to do is to practice as often as possible, I did 10 minutes a day dry firing to eliminate as much unnecessary movement as possible. Good luck with your test. atb Tim

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    Hi Tim,

    Don't get to worked up about it i'm sure if you explain about your back you will be fine.

    I've shot lot's of deer and to date none in a sitting position , just take your time on the test and kneel if you are more comfy at that and remember you cannot fail, just take your test from where you feel ok.

    It's not a given you have to do the 3 position's as long as you can hit the target were you feel right.

    good luck and best wishes.

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    I shot my first red stag whilst kneeling, well before i took my DSC1, i had to shoot through a hole in a gorse hedge approx 80 yards, so it is a shooting position that is well worth getting to grips with.
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