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What do the stock measurement numbers mean?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by mshep, Feb 6, 2012.

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  1. mshep

    mshep TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Hi all,

    What do all of the different numbers mean when looking at a stock? LOP I kind of understand, the others not so much. I've been shooting for 8 years and I'm still learning.

    For example:
    1-9/16" by 1-9/16" by 2-5/8" at the montecarlo with 1/4" cast off and 14-3/4" length of pull, comb off set 1/4"

    I've also seen it referred to as:

    comb = 1 5/8
    Montecarlo = 1 5/8
    Heel = 2 3/4
    Offset = 1/4
    Toe = 5/8
    LOP 14 3/4

    Thanks in advance,
  2. daddiooo

    daddiooo TS Supporters TS Supporters

    Jan 29, 1998
    Take a look at this video....hope it helps explain the drop question. Listed below is more.....

    Drop - The distance from an imaginary straight line of sight extended along the rib of a shotgun rearward towards the butt---to the top of the stock at the comb or the heel. (In British: Bend). All drop measurements in Hallowell & Co. listings are taken at the heel; that is, the distance between the imaginary straight line of sight and the stock at its very end. We will be happy to provide the drop measurement at the comb upon request.

    Browning, in its infinite wisdom, considers that 2 3/8" drop at the heel will best fit the broadest range of shooters for field use. This measurement can therefore be considered "normal." A gun with less drop will shoot higher, while a gun with more drop will shoot lower for a given individual. When the gun is comfortably mounted with the cheek snugly on the comb, the drop is about right when you can see the front bead and just a little rib over the standing breech.

    Trap guns usually have less drop because they are supposed to shoot a little high in order to hit an almost universally rising target. Standard wisdom indicates that the drop is about right for a mounted trap gun when the front bead seems to rest just on top of the middle bead like two parts of a snowman, or forming a figure-eight.

    Cast Off - An offset of a gun stock to the right, so that the line of sight aligns comfortably with the right eye while the butt of the stock rests comfortably on the right shoulder. Almost all right-handed shooters benefit from a little castoff and most custom built guns are made this way. The only question is how much. The castoff of a gun is about right when, with the gun comfortably mounted, the front bead lines up with the center of the standing breech. A stock offset to the left, for shooting from the left shoulder is said to be Cast On.

    Source: Hallowell & Co Fine Sporting Guns
  3. Setterman

    Setterman Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    Feild guns had more drop at the heel because they were quickly mounted for a flushing bird. Trap stocks have a parallel comb because of the pre-mounted shooting position, and it is more important to maintain the eye postion above the rib regardless of an inconsistant mount.

    Sporting shooters are migating to parallel combs too.
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