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Advantages of High Rib vs. Low Rib

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by miketmx, May 27, 2007.

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  1. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    I have been shooting my TMX for 20 years now so I guess I am used to it. I like the high rib no heat waves on a hot day and I can keep my head a little more upright with the increased drop at the heel of the stock. Back in 81 Dan Bonillas endorsed the DB81 with the high rib but kept on shooting an MX-3 with a conventional rib. Frank Little shot pretty good scores with his TMX.
     
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    My understanding is that the object is to get your head to a comfortable position, avoiding a bent neck (think pain) and a level eye position that allows good depth perception and focus. If a high rib or a low comb allows that, it is what works for you. After trying the MX 8, MX 15, etc. I settled on a DT 10, fairly low rib, but the key is the PFS stock. I set the comb where it allows fairly level head position, very little recoil, no sore neck and it works for me. Gun fit is the key.

    JON
     
  3. tom monzitta

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    Chiefjon, Where did you get a PFS for the DT 10? My understanding is they don't make them.
     
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    Tom,

    I couldn't get anyone to make one until I met "Stocker John" Fitenger. He used to work for Mo Bragg in Portland, OR. He does outstanding work...503-668-1938.

    Good luck.

    JON
     
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    miketmx and chiefjon gave you the two big reasons for a higher rib, minimized heat risers, comfort and better view of the target. You cannot achieve the same effect by using an adjustable butt plate and sliding the recoil pad down. That raises the barrel along with the rib and affects POI. On a high rib gun, the barrel is lower and more in line with your shoulder. I prefer that effect, so I shoot an unsingle to get more of it.
     
  6. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    zzt, how does moving the recoil pad down change the POI? It sure can worsen recoil, but POI?

    Everywhere I read about all the advantages of having one head erect, and sure it's nice I guess, but look down the line and see that the big determiner of that is neck length. I mean, tilt you head down a ways, - right now, do it. Now raise it an inch. Not much changes, does it? Now the Bakakuna II, that's a whole different thing.

    There was a group of British shooters at the SW grand and they all drive their heads so hard down and low you can't believe it and they shot well despite of it - for example runner-up in the singles championship in their first ATA outing.

    Neil
     
  7. webley

    webley TS Member

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    Neil,
    I think one of the British shooters at the event was Paul Chaplow who was using the high rib K80 ‘Trap Special’ so presumably he was able to keep his head a little more erect than his friends using normal low ribs. I’d read some comments by Paul regarding the improved visibility that the higher rib afforded.

    Whilst I’m happy with my standard rib guns & a low head style (similar to what you’ve seen) as commonly used in the UK & Italy - I’ve been thinking of trying a higher rib coupled with a Monte-Carlo stock in to see if there is any practical improvement in vision/target pickup (more for the faster types of trapshooting). I wish I had a shorter neck!

    As I want to stick to Perazzi the options open to me are a new MX2005 (perhaps too heavy for ABT & OT); an MX2-L (published barrel weights appear to be a bit barrel light – for me personally) or try to import a used DB81 from the US (not so heavy as an MX2005?).

    Regards
    Russell
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