Does the gun fit him? Is it user friendly? Does it have a good trigger? Is the POI in the right place for his style of shooting? These are some of the factors that have to be answered in order to answer your question. HMB
for sure it will take 3-4 outings for no other reason that it is in his head that it is a new gun. Once he stops thinking about the new gun and the new feel it will likely come together....if....the gun fits him correctly.
Make sure you go to the patterning board to see where it is shooting....you never know.
I would think it would depend a little on what he was shooting before. Are the guns similar? Check the POI on each, the weight on each, and the fit on each. I agree that 5000 seems like an awful lot. Martinpicker
I agree, The best thing to do is to pattern the gun and make it shoot the same place his old one did. That's what I always do. I kept my old pattern sheet so I can set up any new gun to be a the same POI. I usually can get into a new gun with 200-300 rounds. However with that being said the more you shoot it the more comfortable you will be.
Thanks for all the replies. We have pattern it and have it set up to the POI is the same. He is comfortable with the guns. This is the first time he has changed guns, to be honest I think I am more nervous about it then he is...... Thanks again
I think the rule of thumb is 5,000 rounds as others stated. I have a new JE Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III that I'm taking down to Silver Dollar in a month and as of now it has been fitted and patterned but only about 300 rounds and no rounds through the O/U. I fully expect to shoot scores that will be one class below my actual class. Not to mention the O/U being hard to open/close which burns up energy. But I'll enjoy it just the same.