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    Advice for shooting off sticks.

    In prep for my kindly sponsored DSC1, I had a day on the range yesterday to get some practice of sticks. This is the first time I've spent any time shooting off stick and I was sunrise at how poor I was. Vertically I was fine, but found the crosshairs swinging from side to side across the target. Any tips or advice for getting nice and steady or thought on what I'm doing wrong to have issues on the horizontal only.

    Im standing with the stick angles slightly back, feet a touch wider than shoulder width and left hand holding the forestock down into the sticks. Nice and calm and holding the out breath before pulling the trigger, but I find myself wandering across the target.

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    Quad sticks are the answer, especially for a test.

    Being 6'3" I too find it hard to keep from wavering standing with twin sticks so I actually space my feet quite wide & roughly parallel to the twin sticks, effectively making my body & legs the rear half of a set of quadsticks. It looks awkward but it does give me a much steadier position. Depending on what your sticks are made of, watch out for vibrations & bounce; either put your hand under the fore end or stuff a hat or glove between the sticks & the rifle. I also prefer the sticks to be vertical or slightly leaning forward to allow you to create pressure against the sticks. I know that from my quadsticks at 100m the shot will go about 1" higher than zero because of the rocking-horse effect.

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    what about a set of quad sticks a must have bit of kit for my shooting now, dont go out shooting without them. You can make them up fairly cheap.

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    Jcs - below, or maybe above - is probably correct, if not particularly helpful to a chap setting off on his qualification trail, and maybe, just maybe, not awash with cash. Who am I to say? Jcs may suggest that 4 sticks is a money saving tactic. Who am I to say?
    Anyway, I think that I hold the sticks away from me at arms length, feet braced apart, if possible, and, crucially, make sure I don't touch the barrel. I say this as "left hand holding the fore stock down into the sticks" worried me. I've never been able to afford quad sticks and for quite a long time I just had one pole which worked perfectly well.
    I do know of one very competent stalker who just shot them on the swing! So, I suggest, much dry training at home - curtains closed of course - will allow selection and perfection of the best technique.
    May I wish you Co1 all the very best and good hunting.

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    Thanks for the replies guys, much appreciated. As usual this forum is a wealth of helpful people happy to pass on advice.

    I think practice is the key before buying quad sticks as plenty of people use normal stick effectively. I was planning on setting up in the spare bedroom as you mention goathunter with a crack in the curtains so I can focus on something at about 100m.

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    practice practice practice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co1 View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys, much appreciated. As usual this forum is a wealth of helpful people happy to pass on advice.

    I think practice is the key before buying quad sticks as plenty of people use normal stick effectively. I was planning on setting up in the spare bedroom as you mention goathunter with a crack in the curtains so I can focus on something at about 100m.
    I zero my gun off quad sticks @ 200 yards. As I use them all the time then any faults are built in to the shot.

    Tim.243
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    Just look through the old threads and make your own quads ,or order a set off tony,even if they are bq or garden canes and rubber bands they are much more stable than single/doubles,also if before the day find out if you could borrow a set,and dont forget you all will be in the same boat,
    DONT START

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    lad (tim .243 ) done the whole test of sticks nailed it much to a few looks 4 way green plastic bean polls and a few bolts 12 sorted , just practice shooting off them and I think you too will find them safe and very useable, plenty of youtube vids on home made sticks or buy from one of the site guys ,your choice mty

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