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Lowering the Pad vs Leaning in More?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by vpr80, Jan 11, 2012.

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  1. vpr80

    vpr80 Active Member

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    Last night I decided to play with a spare adj butt plate that I had laying around. What I was trying to see is whether I would have a better view and higher stance if I lowered the pad approx 1/2" and held the gun higher. My normal stance is to lean into the gun (low-rib O/U). However, I got a very high rib unsingle and now stand much more upright. So I am trying to see if dropping the pad on the O/U will give me a bit more of an upright stance. This way the pad would be in the same spot on my shoulder, but the whole gun would be higher, my head would also be higher and my stance would be more upright. (PS-Sight down the rib did not change, same figure-8). The other alternative would be a higher rib on the O/U and obviously raising the comb to match. Then the whole gun still stays low, but I stand upright.

    So I am trying to see what the real difference is between a low-pad/high-gun or high-rib/low-gun? I didn't try shooting that way yet, but it felt pretty comfortable. What do you guys think?
     
  2. zzt

    zzt Well-Known Member

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    The difference will be how the gun handles under recoil. The low pad/high gun combo will rotate up more during recoil. Having shot both, my preference is for the higher rib. More specifically, I like the lower barrel. Recoil is more in line and hurts less.
     
  3. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Try lowering the pad and rotating it a few degrees counter clockwise. HMB
     
  4. JACK

    JACK Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    What was your wife's advice?
     
  5. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    I agree with ZZT, I can drop the pad about 3/4" maximum before I get a noticeable kick/up effect and unpleasant recoil to the face. There is not much difference in head position between my TMX and MX3 single barrel. I would need a real high rib unsingle with serious heel drop to get that head-up gun mount. I dunno, I might be one of those guys that finds a disconnect in sight picture when using that type of gun.
     
  6. Kemper

    Kemper Active Member

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    Jack that's nasty
     
  7. gun fitter

    gun fitter TS Member

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    When lowering the pad you may find that a bit more down pitch will help with the barrel flip.
    Joe
     
  8. vpr80

    vpr80 Active Member

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    Ahhhh good idea I'll have to try that. Thanks guys
     
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