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  • Went to do a little target shooting with my 12 ga trying to get my wife into shooting a little bit. Was explaining a pattern to

    Went to do a little target shooting with my 12 ga trying to get my wife into shooting a little bit. Was explaining a pattern to her and everything. I noticed my wife's pattern was a little high, so I thought I'd give it a shot. My pattern was also high. How do you fix that on a shotgun? Surely we don't both have the same glitch in our shot? Any help would be appreciated!

  • #2
    Ya gotta lean well on the varnish!

    Most folks do not like for the comb to strike their cheekbone, and they raise their heads off it.

    That will make the shot go high.

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    • #3
      You may need to have the comb lowered a bit for a custom fit.

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      • #4
        You have to hug the stock and keep that eye low enough to line it up straight. Pretty common for new shooters to want to raise their head up a little high. It is a good thing you were patterning it so you could see the effect. I've seen people miss for a year before they discovered it.

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        • #5
          Keep in mind that a European shotgun will print high naturally, or at least that was what I was told. I just put the bird on top of my bead, rather that covering it. Works like a charm for my Beretta.

          Keep in mind that I am only a part-time shotgunner, as compared to rifles and handguns, so I am not the best person to answer this question. Maybe Phil will chime in?

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          • #6
            Like Dakota said try and keep your eye lower and make sure to keep the bead so you can just see it over the top of the gun if you can see most of the barrel before the bead your going to hit slightly high

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            • #7
              Some shotguns are designed to shoot a bit high. What are you shooting? If it bothers you that much you can have a adjustable comb made.

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              • #8
                You might also be able to get a taller bead.

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                • #9
                  Try adding a slip on recoil pad. They're usually only a few bucks. Your stock may be a bit short. It might help.

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                  • #10
                    I hate to be the one to point this out, but it sounds like you are the one teaching her to shoot and she has little or no experience. In my experience, this virtually guarantees that if you have a glitch in your shot, your student will have the same glitch. While all of the above is reasonably good advice, do not overlook the possibility of an error in your own form.

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