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My son is in a slump!

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Jeff.Buchheit, May 5, 2013.

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  1. Jeff.Buchheit

    Jeff.Buchheit TS Member

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    My son has hit a slump! He is 13 and growing like a weed. A month ago he was shooting in the consistent 20's and no he is all over the place. The only thing we changed was moving from 7/8 oz shot to 1 oz. he seems to be shooting high now. Is it the shot change or just growing pains?
     
  2. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Eyes checked??
     
  3. Jeff.Buchheit

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    I guess that could be a possibility, but no indication away from shooting that anything has changed.
     
  4. rpeerless

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    Outgrowing his gun fit?
     
  5. Mac55555mn

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    make sure the gun isnt bumping him a little bit , he might be moving his head mount around to avoid it or just flinching some with the added recoil. get a video of his mount , head and eyes. Brad
     
  6. oleolliedawg

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    Not unusual to suddenly start shooting over birds by physically throwing the gun high. Recoil can be an issue or he might have outgrown the gun. You haven't told us much about what kind of gun he has, LOP or comb height!!
     
  7. Jeff.Buchheit

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    He shoots a beretta 682x, lenth of pull is 14", not sure where the comb hight is set, but I haven't moved it yet.
     
  8. hmb

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    Easy fix, go back to 7/8 oz loads. HMB
     
  9. Brad Korando

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    Try going back to the 7/8oz load to see if his scores return to what they were. If he is consistantly shooting over the targets it may be that he is lifting his head off of the comb - possibly caused by anticipation of the additional recoil from the 1oz loads.
     
  10. Jeff.Buchheit

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    Thanks for all of your input! Looks like I'm sitting down at the reloading table this week. I hope they return, the state shoot is in 2 weeks and we are both pretty frustrated. Jeff
     
  11. Ed Y

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    Ask his girlfriend

    Ed Yanchok
     
  12. bigbore613

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    Growing equals gunfit changes. Also slow him down and back to fundamentals! Jeff
     
  13. oleolliedawg

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    Also check his bead alignment. The comb may now be too low and affecting his visibility!!
     
  14. ScottEslick

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    Maybe the new loads shoot higher than the old ones?
     
  15. Jeff.Buchheit

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    I've been watching his head and it's not lifting. Is it possible the just swiching to the one ounce load would raise the shot pattern?
     
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    Take him to a pattern board....... shoot a couple shots. I suspect a review of the point of impact may give you some clues..... Larry
     
  17. Mac55555mn

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    Jeff tell him to make sure he feels side pressure on the stock after mounting the gun all the way thru the shot. most of the time you try to force your head down when there is a possibility of lifting your head , bad idea it will often change the sight picture or cause a bump to the cheek. side pressure will keep him hooked up from the hands ,shoulder and head . Brad
     
  18. need to shoot more

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    welcome to Trap Shooting
     
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    Good one Ed,

    I was going to suggest hormones too. He's starting to think with two heads now, doesn't that happen about 13 or 14.

    I keed of course, but kids bodies change in more ways than just physical.
     
  20. trapwife

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    Have him mount his gun and look down the barrel as if he was shooting. Stand at the barrel end and look back into his eye. the bead should be centered or close to center of his eye. this will tell you if his comb needs adjustment. Take him to the practice trap and pull for him without him calling. This will tell you if he is moving his gun before he is seeing the target. If all else fails, you might want to consider a clinic. Many times an outsider can see little things that you might miss.
     
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