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Parallel vs. tapered stock - skeet

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Seems most American Skeet shooter are now favoring a parallel butt stock. However the Olympic style skeet shooter still favor a tapered butt stock.
I realize in American skeet the gun can be pre-mounted and Olympic style is start from a low gun postion. I have read the advantage to the parallel stock is the face is alway at the same height anywhere on the stock. Sounds like a great advantage, so why are most Olympic Skeet or Sporting Clay guns configured with a tapered stock?
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Parallel comb stocks are more advantagous with rising targets, such as Skeet and Trap. Stocks with drop are more suitable for flatter or dropping targets and they come up faster with a low gun mount.
 

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It's heresy I'm sure but I've always gone with the "shoot what works for you" and who GAF if it's a *skeet* or *trap* or whatever stock.
 

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A VAST majority of top American skeet shooters are using parallel comb monte carlo stocks now. The only two I can think of off the top of my head that don't are Wayne Mayes (skeet stock) and Stu McCoin (monte carlo sporting stock). I'd hazard a guess that you could count the number of top 30 shooters who don't use a monte carlo parallel combed stock on one hand.
 

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I have been using monte carlo stocks for 40 yeas - ranging from Int'l Skeet to Columbaire to Box birds.. same gun, slightly different DAC/DAH and LOP between Columbaire and Box Birds. Same pitch.
 

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There was a very interesting article written by Dave Holmes in Clay Shooting USA, Trap Shooting USA's sister publication about five or six years ago. The article talked about the zygomatic arch (cheek bone) and what issues develope between your cheek bone and a parallel comb. The article is very informative and answers most questions regarding parallel combs.

You may be able to find this article in Clay Shooting USA archives, sorry, I don't have a date for this article. I think there web sight is www.clayshootingusa.com


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Thanks for all the great information. The top skeet shooter in the world, Kim Rhode shoots a tapered stocks and sporting clay champions, Wendell Cherry and George Digweed, also shoot tapered stocks and that's what spurred my quesition.
 

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There's been a discussion about sloped vs. parallel stocks on Shotgunworld.com/sporting clays. Some of the top sporting clays shooters prefer
a sloped stock because it is easier to shoot very high or very low targets. Neverthless, there are top sporting clays shooters who use parallel stocks, so I guess not everyone is in agreement. I recently changed the stock on my 391 which I only shoot for sporting clays from a parallel stock to a sloped stock

I think a parallel stock is better for trap and American skeet.
 
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