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Custom stock for youth?'s an oppinions wntd

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  1. MJC1963

    MJC1963 TS Member

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    Custom stock for youth?

    My son is shooting a BT 99 I was thinking of purchasing him a custom stock I would like some comments and oppinions.
    The current stock has adjustable comb and butt plate, he has a long neck about 5'10 110lbs 14yrs old
    He shoots left handed with one eye closed and is left eye dominate
    He has broken 25 straight with this gun and has shoot some in the 20's but we cant seem to put together a string of 20+ runs it always goes something like this 18,22,19,23 will a custom stock help??
    I believe he is putting forth the effort and trying hard
    Will he out grow a custom stock
    I was thinking of wineg custom stocks????
    Let me know what you think and what you would do
    I would like to get him to shooting nice strings of 21+ runs
     
  2. short shucker

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    Sounds to me like you need to take him to a reputable fitter first. You have the needed adjustability, but it may need to be adjusted properly.

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  3. MJC1963

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    Or would you spend the cash on shooting more, he shot about 1000 yound this year and probably 1300 last year
     
  4. Shooting Coach

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    He will quickly out grow a custom stock. Look at the RL391 Beretta Trap, or just cut the Browning and save the piece you cut off, you can re attach it as he grows.
     
  5. maclellan1911

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    Ugly they are but a precision fit stock or PFS is very good for the money.

    I am also a left handed shooter and found this to be the only opption for me.
    As I would have to take several weeks off from work and plan a vacation around getting a stock fitted. Dont know af any custom stock makers/fitters with a reasonable drive from my house. Also it was 1/2 the price. When he stops growing you could have a wood stock cut by wenig to match the PFS

    try the link above.
     
  6. Rollin Oswald

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    The advice to see a good, professional stock fitter is sound. As was written, your son may soon outgrow a custom stock and the expense of one will be high.


    One thing he will almost certainly need is a pad adjuster to lower the butt of the stock. This compensates for a long neck as will mounting the gun with about an inch of the recoil pad above his collarbone.


    Given a good shooting form, he probably does not need a shorter stock. The one on the gun is at least close to being the right length, again, given a correct stance, which is an element of shooting form (as was gun mount).


    There are a number of very good stock fitters in the country - just be as sure as possible to choose a good one. Advice is available here if you ask for it (for your part of the country).


    Your son shoots inconsistently because something (probably elements of the shooting form he uses) he does when he shoots is inconsistent. A good stock fitter would instruct him on the proper shooting form and then change any stock dimensions that prevent his using it.


    Consistency is very important when shooting clay targets and shooting form can promote or prevent it.


    Rollin
     
  7. MJC1963

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    Thanks rollin
    good information there I am a current sctp coach and have taken the coarse and have a history of shooting clay target, i am by no means a professional coach or good coach as far as that goes but there are other coaches with trap shooting history and we have several students that are stuck in the same situation and us coaches are scratching our heads on how to get them over this hump my son being one of them and I was considering giving it a try just wanted more oppinions thanks again
     
  8. maclellan1911

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    I purchased rollins book a few years back, was how I decided to buy a PFS
    I also used rollins book to help fit my wifes semi inletted stock from wenigs for her browning gold. Pitch was a big problem for my wife also needed a very short grip to trigger distance. My wife as she started shooting more with a stock that fit her went from all over the place to consistant high teens. She only shoots a few hundred targets a year
     
  9. trapdaddy

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    My experience as 4-H/SCTP/AIM coach is kids, depending upon growth spurts, change dramatically around your sons age. Sometimes growing 4 inches in less than one year plus filling out. I have radically changed gun fits in October, April, August then again in October the following year.
    The adjustable comb and butt plate are the way to go.
    Don't go the custom stock yet. He will outgrow it in two years max.
    Check his eyes, not only for acuity but eye hold.
    A good purchase would be from PBS, Scientific American Series, called "Eye on the Ball", narrated by Alan Alda. It demonstrates for athlete-initiated sports, the importance of eye and mental control on performance. Les Greevy had an article in Trap and Field about using the principles, titled "Quiet Eye".
     
  10. MJC1963

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