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#6430660 - 08/29/16 11:30 PM Cross over shooting practice
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Anyone make it a point to include cross over (right handed shooting from left shoulder and vice versa) shooting in their practice regime?

Those who still hunt them the old-fashioned way know that often times, you find a deer approaching your stand from your weak side. The ability to make a cross over shot so that you need not swivel in the stand can make all the difference in being able to get off a shot without being detected in close quarters.
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#6430671 - 08/29/16 11:55 PM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: Texas Dan]
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Yup being ambidextrous with rifle, shotgun and bow has helped bring home the critters many times. That didn't come natural but can be developed through lots of practice to become effective. Lots of shooting from both sides with a BB gun helped get there
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#6430718 - 08/30/16 06:10 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: Texas Dan]
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I need to practice lefty shooting.
I have had several chances at deer through the right window in a tight blind where swiveling would require a lot a noisy shifting and moving, an easy shot for lefty.
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#6430726 - 08/30/16 06:27 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: Texas Dan]
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What is "the old fashioned way"?
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#6430783 - 08/30/16 07:27 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: Texas Dan]
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#6430802 - 08/30/16 07:34 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: Texas Dan]
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I never had an issue switching hands. grin
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#6430828 - 08/30/16 07:40 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: Texas Dan]
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yes, why wouldn't you. It's something I developed as I got older. Realizing its benefit I want to kick my dad in the nutzzzz for not starting me out shooting from both sides, a problem my boys won't need to endure.
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#6430830 - 08/30/16 07:41 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Yup being ambidextrous with rifle, shotgun and bow has helped bring home the critters many times. That didn't come natural but can be developed through lots of practice to become effective. Lots of shooting from both sides with a BB gun helped get there


I can say from experience the hardest and easiest obstacle to overcome in switch shooting is remembering to use the opposite eye when taking aim at the target.
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#6430864 - 08/30/16 07:54 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: txtrophy85]
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What is "the old fashioned way"?


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#6430876 - 08/30/16 08:01 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: Texas Dan]
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I have shot with the opposite hand/eye at the range just messing around. I have never heard of it from anyone as recommended for hunting situations, and I wouldn't recommend it either. I think its a bunch of BS and I think encouraging shooters to attempt to make shots at game animals with the wrong hand/eye is bs.
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#6430910 - 08/30/16 08:28 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
I have shot with the opposite hand/eye at the range just messing around. I have never heard of it from anyone as recommended for hunting situations, and I wouldn't recommend it either. I think its a bunch of BS and I think encouraging shooters to attempt to make shots at game animals with the wrong hand/eye is bs.


The point isn't to develop a skill for taking "off hand" shots just to stroke the ego, but as an effective way to get off a clean and ethical shot when excess movement would likely alert the animal.

I'm sure many would agree that with enough practice, a person can be equally accurate in close up situations shooting from either shoulder.
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#6430950 - 08/30/16 08:44 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: txtrophy85]
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#6430960 - 08/30/16 08:49 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: Texas Dan]
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Very easy for me to shoot a rifle from the weak side if I have a rest. Now a shotgun is a whole 'nuther story.
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#6431016 - 08/30/16 09:16 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
I have shot with the opposite hand/eye at the range just messing around. I have never heard of it from anyone as recommended for hunting situations, and I wouldn't recommend it either. I think its a bunch of BS and I think encouraging shooters to attempt to make shots at game animals with the wrong hand/eye is bs.


this has got to be the most ignorant line of thinking I've seen you post on the inerweb....... shooting support side is no less ethical or risky than shooting strong side...

No one is suggesting blindly trying a shot they've never attempted.....
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#6431022 - 08/30/16 09:23 AM Re: Cross over shooting practice [Re: Texas Dan]
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You can call me ignorant or whatever you want. Politically incorrect is probably a better descriptor though. I make my mind up based on what I know and see, I'm not one you will see floating along freely with the crowd anywhere, but it doesn't mean I'm ignorant stupid or anything in between. I see it as foolish to recommend people practice/prepare for shooting with their non dominant hand/eye. Can it be done? Probably. Can I do it? Probably. Would I try? No.
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