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    Learning to shoot off the other shoulder any advice welcome.

    Due to a right eye problem I am going to have to switch shoulders and use my left side now.
    If anyone has any practical advice or tips for shooting off the other shoulder (other than practice alot) then I would love to hear them (shotgun or rifle tips welcome)

    (Im right handed and will be keeping all my right hand action guns with ambidextrous stocks)

    Cheers

    Nick

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    I had this problem a few years ago, I couldn't get on with the other shoulder, I had better results with a floating rib shooting off right shoulder using left eye. Good luck.

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    Can't give you any tips but a mate has had an ongoing problem (detached retina and unsuccessful repairs) for over a year and made the switch well - he is now winning our club clays shoots from the "wrong" shoulder.

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    Hi Nick,
    its very daunting isn't it!
    Due to cancer in my right eye, discovered last Feb and treated last March I have had to learn to shoot left handed.

    i can't really help as far as shotguns go but I have to say learning to shoot rifles left handed was much easier than I expected!

    It doesn't feel as natural as right handed, but within a couple of hours on a range I was getting s good groups at 100m as I used to get with my natural hand.

    I did need to re-zero my rifles for some reason but apart from that it was a fairly easy process. Just bite the bullet and go for it!

    one thing that helped was the fact that it felt so unnatural, this made me really think about the basics (breathing, trigger control etc).

    feel free to PM me if you want any more advice, all the best with it,
    mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by slider View Post
    Can't give you any tips but a mate has had an ongoing problem (detached retina and unsuccessful repairs) for over a year and made the switch well - he is now winning our club clays shoots from the "wrong" shoulder.
    That fills me with confidence. Maybe I'll end up better than before.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmer_mike View Post
    Hi Nick,
    its very daunting isn't it!
    Due to cancer in my right eye, discovered last Feb and treated last March I have had to learn to shoot left handed.

    i can't really help as far as shotguns go but I have to say learning to shoot rifles left handed was much easier than I expected!

    It doesn't feel as natural as right handed, but within a couple of hours on a range I was getting s good groups at 100m as I used to get with my natural hand.

    I did need to re-zero my rifles for some reason but apart from that it was a fairly easy process. Just bite the bullet and go for it!

    one thing that helped was the fact that it felt so unnatural, this made me really think about the basics (breathing, trigger control etc).

    feel free to PM me if you want any more advice, all the best with it,
    mike
    Bad luck Mike, I hope your recovered. Good to know it didnt take too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRN View Post
    Bad luck Mike, I hope your recovered. Good to know it didnt take too long.
    Thanks for that,
    yes recovered mostly (apart from the eyesight in the right eye). But still have periodic monitoring to check all remains as it should be which is a bummer, but better than the alternative by a long way!

    i guess from swapping shooting shoulders I probably had 2 range trips before I shot my next deer, following that I've not really looked back.

    all the best with it!
    mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRN View Post
    Due to a right eye problem I am going to have to switch shoulders and use my left side now.
    If anyone has any practical advice or tips for shooting off the other shoulder (other than practice alot) then I would love to hear them (shotgun or rifle tips welcome)

    (Im right handed and will be keeping all my right hand action guns with ambidextrous stocks)

    Cheers

    Nick
    Hi Nick..
    I had the same problem about three years ago and was very reluctant to change shoulders, have you ever tried knocking a nail in with a hammer, using the wrong hand!
    It just felt wrong. But, I bit the bullet, bought a left-handed shotgun and just kept with it. At first, even breaking the gun and putting carts in was awkward. But stick with it and
    it'll work for you. At first I kept up with the rifle off the original, right shoulder but, that eventually felt wrong and now shoot off my left with everything.
    Stick with it and in six months time you'll have forgot all about it. Hopefully… Good luck.
    cjs

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    I'm left handed and use right handed only rifles it feels so much better. I never had to switch just a natural lefty. I'm decent with my right but can't hold the stock the same. Feels like playing snooker with the opposite hand.
    treat it as though your learning all over again but this time you have experience and know what to do.

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    I'm right handed but with a left master eye, I learnt to shoot right handed then converted left handed,it felt very awkward & it took a while but it soon became natural. If I pick up a long barrelled weapon it is automatically left handed. However I use a right handed bolt as I'm all fingers & thumbs is I try to do it left handed.
    However if I pick up a pistol, i do it right handed & I just bring it across to my left eye.
    You might what to get a shotgun refitted due to eye dominance. Good luck

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