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#448037 - 10/14/07 08:41 PM Make sure the gun fits.
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Registered: 10/01/06
Posts: 387
Loc: Falling Water, TN

Found this little tip out while looking for a deer rifle for my 7 year old son. If you or your little one are looking for the right size gun, here is an easy and sure way to do it. Once you've insured the gun isn't loaded, place the butt of the gun inside the bend of your arm with your index finger point toward the trigger. If the gun is to long you wont be able to get the first bend of your finger on the trigger or you might not be able to reach the trigger guard at all. If it's to short you can probably fit half or even your whole finger over the trigger. You want to find a gun or stock that will allow you to fit just the first bend of your finger over the trigger. Once you find this you've found the right gun for you. Hopefully this will save you a little time and money down the road.
Good Luck!
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#449392 - 10/15/07 03:20 PM Re: Make sure the gun fits. [Re: DROPTINE33]
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Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6349
Loc: Nashville, TN

Good tip! Thanks.
It is not the killing ...; it is the contest of skill and cunning. The true hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.

Dr. Saxton Pope

#452443 - 10/16/07 09:00 PM Re: Make sure the gun fits. [Re: gil1]
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Registered: 08/15/07
Posts: 4102
Loc: Hardin, Co.

Thanks Droptine 33.
" Some localities are willing to work for their sport, and have plenty. Others are willing merely to take what comes easy, and have little or none." - Aldo Leopold

#465924 - 10/25/07 01:43 AM Re: Make sure the gun fits. [Re: DROPTINE33]

Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 46
Loc: Jackson

This is a myth that has been around for a long time. The distance from your elbow (inside) to your trigger finger is not a determinant of rifle fit. To determine rifle "fit" (length of pull basically) have the shooter get behind the gun as if they are firing it. It's that simple. If the shooter can shoulder the gun, use the sights or scope and hold the gun in a proper firing position, that's it. You're good to go. This elbow-to-fingertip thing needs to be put to rest.

No offense meant to anyone. Hope that helps.

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#466236 - 10/25/07 09:28 AM Re: Make sure the gun fits. [Re: Greentimber]
8 Point

Registered: 11/17/01
Posts: 1388
Loc: Ky Lake Paris Tn

There are a couple of otherthings that will effect the length
of pull, such as the amount of clothing you are wearing and
also the angle you are shooting, up or down will effect the
length of pull.

I think that trying a dummy stock or using a empty real gun, just like getting fit for a bow is the only way to go.

As stated above and using the elbo to finger on trigger, you
can get a general fit, but most of the time it will not be exact.

I have one gun that has a short length of pull for me for use
in cold weather with heavy clothing and using in tree stands.
I do not use this gun in warm weather.

Edited by cdw338 (10/25/07 09:30 AM)

#466571 - 10/25/07 01:42 PM Re: Make sure the gun fits. [Re: cdw338]
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Registered: 11/09/04
Posts: 1156
Loc: Westmoreland

greentimber is correct. Myth Busted.
"The ability to go long periods without food and water, to control emotions and to kill 'calmly and deliberately' without remorse are the main qualifications of a good sniper."

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