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Shotgun balance

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Franktri, Nov 16, 2012.

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  1. Franktri

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    I just recently watched a YouTube about gun balance. Unfortunately it was in Italian and, I'm sorry to say, I am Italian but do not speak it.. Is it a personpreference where the gun should be balanced? In one video, they spoke of the gun being balanced right at the breach of the receiver. Another talks about the balance point being further toward the muzzle.
    Or is is a personal preference?
     
  2. EuroJoe

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    It depends on the game you're playing.
     
  3. David McMillen

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    I personally like an Over/under balanced at the hinge pin.
     
  4. shot410ga

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    I like a heaver barrel. Weight forward, keeps the barrel from whipping all over the place.
     
  5. mike campbell

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    As said, depends on the game and personal preference.

    For most, balance will be less critical for games shot with a premounted gun. Relative to all my other shotguns, my trap guns are quite butt-heavy. The butt is a convenient place to add weight and it's firmly anchored in my shoulder so I don't have to move it around. It takes only 2-3 ounces strategically placed ahead of my lead hand to alter the swing and achieve the gun movement I want. OTOH, since I start the mount from a low gun hold on sporting clays/FITASC as well as hunting flushing birds, balance becomes much more important. I have to lift the entire gun to my cheek and shoulder with as little waste of time and effort time as possible.

    As I lift the gun to track the target and mount the gun, a more evenly balanced gun allows my hands to move in synch and keep the muzzle on the target line. Too much weight at either end contributes to a see-sawing movement which robs me of time and precision.

    Again, like dozens of other variables in shotgunning, it's a matter of what leads to individual success. And there is no shortcut to trial and error.
     
  6. Ray Collins

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    Ken Lokker, who owns Giacomo's, balances them on the hinge pin.


    Doc
     
  7. Gapper

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    The hinge pin is about half-way between where you should place your hands.
     
  8. goose2

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    It's all what the shooter likes. It was a lot of trial and error before I decided what I liked.
     
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