Proper Grip

Grasp the rifle at the pistol grip using a handshake grip—firm but not so tight that it induces any tremor. Lay your thumb beside the stock rather than across it so it allows you to keep your shooting hand in line and trigger finger free to pull the trigger directly back. Thumbhole and through-the-stock grips—such as the Russian SVD, the Accuracy International, and my own Choate stock—are designed to keep the shooter's hand in line, as if he's shooting a pistol for undistorted, natural aiming.

When firing prone or off support, turn your nonshooting hand back, under the butt, to hold it into your shoulder while also squeezing a sand-filled sock that supports the heel. This squeeze or release slightly raises or lowers the butt to hold it steadily on the target.

It's very important to keep that bun snug into the shoulder, or it can cause considerable recoil pain. As you prepare to fire, go out of your way to use the baby finger of your shooting hand to pull back on the pistol grip and keep steady pressure as you squeeze off the shot. Practice this so you don't inadvertendy tense your trigger finger during that final squeeze.

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Hunting Mastery Selected Tips

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