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    Shooting of sticks

    Can anyone give me any advice on how to shoot of sticks ? Can't seem to hold it steady ! Am I doing anything wrong

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    Practice is what it takes but you must also have a good technique.

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    Legs shoulder width apart, trigger hand in usual position, other hand holding sticks and rifle fore end solid, lock this arm straight out and make sure rifle is nicely tucked into your shoulder. This is standing up obviously. Spend plenty of time on the range practising, not just off the bipod punching holes in paper, haha!

    Tom

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    There was a thread on shooting off sticks on here a while ago. It can be hard to get the chance to practise off sticks specially if you don't have your own land and so are shooting in a club setting. However, as John has said, practise seems to be the key. The reason i say this is because I'm pretty much a novice at this as well and am starting to work on my shooting off sticks.

    One tip that was posted on here was to tie some rope/string/cord a bit longer than the length of your sticks around where the sticks meet and put knots a few inches apart in the other end of the string. You can then stand on this string when you come to shoot and push the sticks away from you putting tension on the string and making the whole thing more stable. Sounds mad until you try it but works amazingly well.

    Recently I found that my vertical groups were not to bad but the horizontal was awful. I went and thought about this for a while and decided that maybe if I stood with my legs spread in the left - right axis it might help. This I did and there was a marked improvement. So, as John has said, technique is important and sometimes you just have to think about things and figure out what works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caorach View Post
    There was a thread on shooting off sticks on here a while ago. It can be hard to get the chance to practise off sticks specially if you don't have your own land and so are shooting in a club setting. However, as John has said, practise seems to be the key. The reason i say this is because I'm pretty much a novice at this as well and am starting to work on my shooting off sticks.
    A rifle is a rifle. Not many gardens where you couldn't 'plink' with an air rifle. The technique is the same. You could even play inside the house with your UNLOADED rifle. The skills are very transferable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    A rifle is a rifle. Not many gardens where you couldn't 'plink' with an air rifle. The technique is the same. You could even play inside the house with your UNLOADED rifle. The skills are very transferable.
    +1 I practice with an air rifle. It has improved my tecnique no end. How many of us can go out and shoot 10's of practice full bore rounds off sticks or would want to even if we could. I just go in the garden and fire off a 20 pellets off sticks once in a while.
    It seems it helps if the sticks are as far forward as possible because any movement at your end has less effect so stretch your arm out lock for end into sticks with fingers and pull into shoulder.

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    Another thing i've found helpful is to cut that stupid bit of ribbon from accross the top of some sticks and rest the rifle in the V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by www.yorkshireroestalking. View Post
    Another thing i've found helpful is to cut that stupid bit of ribbon from accross the top of some sticks and rest the rifle in the V.
    ..

    Definately a great deal of practice required with sticks..

    Ive learnt loads off going out and watching diferent folk..

    Resting your elbows using the muscle just behind your knee cap in the sitting position adds no end to stability..

    In the standing position stand tall and push your tummy out in an effort to lock your spine..

    Eddie was the first to show me the rope round the top of the sticks at Broadlands
    Blessed be the sheeple for they shall inherit bugger all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by www.yorkshireroestalking. View Post
    Another thing i've found helpful is to cut that stupid bit of ribbon from accross the top of some sticks and rest the rifle in the V.
    You really dont like them do you?

    I find if you lean the sticks back to you, it helps steady them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by www.yorkshireroestalking. View Post
    Another thing i've found helpful is to cut that stupid bit of ribbon from accross the top of some sticks and rest the rifle in the V.
    that two things in a day that we agree on


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