The shotgun stock may well be provided with a cheek piece—it is quite as useful as it is on a rifle; and the same applies to castoff. With a shotgun the pointing is almost entirely instinctive, many shooters claiming they never see the front sight when shooting at game; and a reasonable amount of castoff is almost invariably a big help. In fact, more castoff is usually permissible than on a rifle. A light 16 bore of mine with a 14 inch stock has 1/2 inch castoff, and is the best pointer I ever had in my hands.
Many shotgun stocks are made with "knife-edge" combs—always a serious mistake. The comb need not be so thick as to make the stock appear clumsy, but a comfortable thickness not only reduces the punishment from recoil, but encourages speedier, more accurate aim. Often the shotgun stock will be made with the same drop or nearly the same drop, at heel and comb—this is a feature pre-
be looking though the line of sights. I once stocked a rifle in this manner and took it to the range for testing. After half a dozen shots [ was quite ready to sacrifice some ol this ultra perfect stock fit for a bit of comfort—the punishment my cheek bone took from that comb was equivalent to a first class slugging, and the spot remained sore and bruised for a week afterward. Such a fit may well
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