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How to find your LOP ?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Boxer's1, Mar 14, 2012.

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  1. Boxer's1

    Boxer's1 TS Member

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    This might be a dumb question to some, but how do you check what your LOP is? Or do you have to go to a stock fitter to find out?
     
  2. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    I asked this same question on this thread. Look at Rollin's post.
     
  3. hmb

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    Stand the gun up on the floor butt first. Measure the distance from the floor to the trigger. HMB
     
  4. bcnu

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    Do you mean how do you find what lop is right for you? Way back in the day everyone used to put the butt in the crock of their arm and if their first finger jount landed on the trigger you were good to go. More accurag=te though is if you have about an inch of space between your thumb nuckle and your nose with the gun mounted. John
     
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    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Proper LOP is one of the most misunderstood but important measurements on a fitted shotgun stock. Why is that? Everyone is built so different with arm length, neck length, thickness of shoulders, shape or contour of shoulder pockets and a comfortable stance all play a part. That's why you'll hardly ever find anyone that will give specifics on proper LOPs. You'll find too that some are very adept at fitting themselves to about any stock and call it a good fit? Some can even shoot decent scores with an ill fit improper LOP also, nature of the shotgun. Distance between the nose and thumb? Nah, only works as a guide for some. Crook of the elbow measurement? Nah, works for a few, sometimes.

    The method I use for determining a proper LOP is this. If you bunch your shoulder muscles in order to mount the gun, more than likely the stock is too long for you? Recoil hammering continuously on a bunched muscle makes for a very tiring and long day of shooting! Grip the stocks grip with the trigger hand back from the grip curve, mount the gun as normal and slide your trigger finger toward the trigger. If you slightly push the gun away in that process, you're bunching the shoulder muscles and the length is a tad long for you. Mounted as such, the gun should remain stationary while the trigger finger makes contact with the trigger. This is far easier understood by the hands on method instead of written words? A good stock fitter knows this and shows his client how this works for more comfortable and consistent shooting.

    Hap
     
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    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Gary, any leading hand arm gun movement by either pushing or pulling it may destroy any fit. Keeping the gun an integral part of the upper body single unit move is paramount to consistency. ONLY the eyes move independently once the gun is properly mounted for attacking a moving target. Just thought I'd throw that in also.

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