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  • I'm on a local rifle shooting team and I have an unusually unsteady hand when it comes to off-hand shooting;I wondered if anyone

    I'm on a local rifle shooting team and I have an unusually unsteady hand when it comes to off-hand shooting;I wondered if anyone had any extra advise for the shaking.

  • #2
    If you are allowed to use a sling that can help alot. It has with me.

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    • #3
      Learning to master the wobble of a gun's sights is one of the toughest aspects to becoming a better shooter from unsupported positions. The most effective way to overcome this is through dry-fire practice. Given your extra unsteadiness I would suggest extra practice.
      This is a good drill to try: Pick a small target across the room (a Post-It note with a dot on it is good for this). You want the target to be too small to easily keep your sights on it. Dry fire while concentrating on calling your shot. You'll need to work with your sight wobble to do this right and this is the way to begin to overcome it.

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      • #4
        I think it is a great thing that John Snow watches these from time to time and comments along with us. I appreciate his input on these things.

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        • #5
          I wish we could use a sling,but it's the only position where you can't.Thanks DSMbirddog.I'm glad you decided to comment Mr.Snow.Nice to know you still check these things.

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          • #6
            If you use a scope turn it down to low power. I hit a woodchuck at 140 on 3 power because i could hold alot steadier than on 9 power.

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            • #7
              Onalaskan....Snow has a great point. I also shoot competitively (service rifle) and the biggest thing that helped with my offhand was practice dry firing at a dot on the wall...you can never eliminate all the movement, but focus on good breathing, take up the slack in the trigger, and condition your mind to squeeze the round off as soon as you hit a good sight picture so it's automatic. The biggest thing, however, is to try to relax...my best standing scores have been when i was too dog tired to care how i shot! good luck!

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              • #8
                Try bracing your arm on your ribs. Hold the rifle as usual, bring the forward arm back until the elbow and length of the humerus rests solidly along your ribs, move your hand along the forend to find its best stable postion.
                Dry firing as described is excellent practice, add to this breathing excercises. Sometimes unsteadiness is caused by the shooter holding thier breath while aiming too long. As soon as the sight picture is correct squeeze the trigger.
                later,
                charlie

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                • #9
                  You fellows are a credit to this web site. The advice given to this question was worthy of note and had value to beginner and expert alike. Sure, there is plenty of nonsense on the forum, I sponsor some of the nonsense myself. However, it can be and often is a wonderful resource.
                  Kody

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                  • #10
                    We use competition grade peep sights and .22s.My coaches have been a great help.At the end of last season when we got certificates,I got an award for most improved beginner(I was the favorite,but you can't give 'em an award saying "My Favorite") =)
                    It's pretty fun and I've made friends that I have something in common with.
                    Thanks again boys. TGO

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                    • #11
                      The standing offhand position is the hardest for anyone! Start with a steady position of your feet. Good boots with ankle support can help. The elbow of your firing hand should hang down. The rifle should rest on the palm of your nonfiring hand, with fingers and thumb on the opposite side of your bolt. Charlie Elk is correct(I have long, skinny arms and can get my elbow into the pocket above my hip). Lean back a ways and turn your body toward the target. This is called back bend/ body twist and removes a lot of the gaps in your spine to provide more stability. Once you practice enough, you should notice a sideways figure 8 motion of your rifle. That's as steady as you can get. Time your shot to the center of the 8. Good luck!

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                      • #12
                        I forgot to add 'natural point of aim'. Close your eyes. Breath in. Breath out. Relax. Open your eyes. Where are you aiming? It should be the center of your target. If you are too high, bring your back foot forward. If you are to the right, bring your back foot to the right. Do this until you are on target in a relaxed position. Muscles are jumpy, you don't want to use them when firing. Only the muscle in your trigger finger.

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                        • #13
                          Sorry, It's been more than 20 years since I shot competition and things keep coming back to me. Do you wear a shooting mitt on your nonfiring hand? It can help remove the 'pulse jump'. Always try to think bone to bone when building a shooting position. Meat is soft and wobbly!

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                          • #14
                            Try to control your breathing and shoot on a midway point on the exhale while holding for a second. Also try resting bone to muscle, bone to bone will give you a better chance to wobble.

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                            • #15
                              Wow! I continue to be impressed by the expert advice ventured by members of this forum. It is important to get such advice from all directions as one method may not work for one individual and be the remedy for another.

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