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#6524658 - 11/02/16 09:36 PM who drops their rifle down to cycle the action?
maximum Offline
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i've seen a bunch lately that raise their head
and drop the rifle down while looking at it
while they cycle their rifle. i never realized
that so many people didn't know how to shoot properly.

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#6524665 - 11/02/16 09:39 PM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
dee Online   content
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Depends on the situation but a majority of the time I stay on the rifle.
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#6524669 - 11/02/16 09:40 PM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
Tff caribou Offline
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I shoot a right handed rifle left handed. I kinda have to
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#6524672 - 11/02/16 09:41 PM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
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Drives me crazy!!!

If I'm shooting, cycling, shooting my eyes never look anywhere but through the scope, and/ or down range.

Almost want to say the majority want to watch the rifle cycle another round into the chamber.
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#6524697 - 11/02/16 09:51 PM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: Tff caribou]
maximum Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
I shoot a right handed rifle left handed. I kinda have to


i'm also a lefty. when i was young, you didn't
just go and buy a LH rifle. consequently, i had
to learn to shoot RH. but i can't shoot a bolt
properly so i use mostly singles and semis
and levers
(or bows) (had to edit- last 5
years or so i've used only singles-it's always adequate)

maybe we all need a JG class


Edited by maximum (11/02/16 09:54 PM)

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#6524723 - 11/02/16 09:59 PM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
swmays Offline
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I shoot RH rifles LHed. If I don't lower the rifle I hit myself in the nose. Dead things don't seam to care... confused2

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#6524730 - 11/02/16 10:01 PM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
bo323 Offline
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Registered: 09/24/11
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A lot of them lack follow through. They are already looking over the scope to see if it was a hit. might as well work the bolt that way.

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#6524921 - 11/03/16 12:47 AM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
7x57 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/15
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Loc: Laredo, TX
I open both eyes to get a view of what's downrange of me or keep the target in view while cycling the bolt. Close weak eye again to shoot.

I'm probably not doing it right, but that's just what I've always done.

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#6525023 - 11/03/16 07:23 AM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
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I shot my elk off-hand at under 150 yards this year. Watched the dirt/dust fly and saw him fall to the ground all through the scope. Cycled the action with the rifle on my shoulder but had to raise my head a bit to let the long action cycle properly. 2nd shot was needed to make sure he stayed down.
Many times I've seen people drop the rifle to cycle a 2nd round.
I learned to shoot from my father, who had been a Marine DI in WWII. He taught me the ONLY reasons you dropped the rifle was to either find another target or you had a malfunction.
I agree, we all could use a class in how to shoot. But, too many 'know' how to shoot and are to proud (read: stupid) to take one.
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#6525143 - 11/03/16 08:29 AM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
7six2 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/16
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I have developed a bad habit of lifting my head to cycle the bolt. I think this is because for a while now I've been single feeding my rifle at the range.

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#6525236 - 11/03/16 09:22 AM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
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In the words of my dad "Never Ever let the rifle come off your shoulder to cycle the bolt when shooting."

Many a "dead animal" has gotten away due to peaking over the rifle and not being ready for follow up.

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#6525265 - 11/03/16 09:35 AM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
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I think some of yal take things just a tad too far! loco
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#6525437 - 11/03/16 10:58 AM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
I think some of yal take things just a tad too far! loco


There's a difference in a Rifleman, and someone that kind of shoots a rifle.
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#6525453 - 11/03/16 11:05 AM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: maximum]
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Can you explain why its that big of a deal? Other than if you need to be ready for a follow up shot.
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#6525476 - 11/03/16 11:13 AM Re: who drops their rifle down to cycle the action? [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Can you explain why its that big of a deal? Other than if you need to be ready for a follow up shot.


Can you spot a shot at 375 yards with a naked eye? It kind of relates to a follow up shot if necessary BUT, did you miss bc you're a bad shot or did you miss bc you misjudged elevation or wind? A ground impact can be corrected if it can be seen, also which way did the animal run again?

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