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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: washington county
Re: Getting fitted for a shotgun?
First, consider having your eyes checked...seems obvious but often overlooked.
Use the gunfitting money and take some shooting lessons, of a Fieldsports-level, for example...making note of the eye issues you may be having and that you are interested in birds, not clays.
Be very, very wary of gun club experts....shooting good scores is not close to the same as being able to communicate to another how to break birds.
leave the bead alone, use both eyes, shoot low-gun informal skeet(not trap or certainly not SCs) and concentrate on two things in a shot....focus and follow-thru while keeping wood pasted to wood. Aiding that, break the bird and then break a remaining piece....always shoot twice at a skeet target! This is not the game of skeet ...this is for learning to shoot birds...better.
Fit may be of value if you are fundamentally at some extreme of size but, I found it less than important for hunting...actually, as it most often requires a push-away mount, it is not conducive to shooting in the less than open cover of alder runs and clearcuts or plum thickets. However, if you ever do go for a fitting, the most important thing you can do is develop and ingrain a good and consistent mount....otherwise, the Fitter has a very tough job.
Fit, like gun weight, are message board darlings but are both factors the human body can often work with...shotgun balance or a dimension(length, grip size or stock bulk for example) that works against your present mount are both more important.
As to the bead...we all see the bead.
We all do not look at the bead.
Two different deals.
I would avoid those silly red and orange jobs up front.
The shooting lessons will likely offer several methods of establishing lead and one will no doubt work best for you and how you shoot.
Confidence breaks targets or swats birds....many times, regardless of gun or load or bead...work to regain confidence as Job #1.
GBE was correct....decades ago.
Rory has a good owner now....lucky lad.