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#7052094 - 01/24/18 09:43 PM Offhand Shooting - Still Important?
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Is offhand shooting skill still important or even relevant?

How many people could reliably hit a paper plate at 100 yards with no support other than a perhaps sling with their deer rifle?

I'm not talking about shooting off of a pack, balanced against a tree, sitting or kneeling, but standing up and shooting without sticks or any other support, except for a sling.

And I'll be the first to say, my offhand skills have gone way beyond rusty. I'm starting to work on offhand again and it is a considerable challenge, at least to me.

Just curious about others' thoughts and views on what appears to be a vanishing or even lost skill for the average hunter.



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#7052107 - 01/24/18 09:49 PM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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It would be nice to practice that shot occasionally. Unfortunately, you do that at most ranges and you will get a quick exit from the property. Could probably do both elbows on the platform but I agree with you. It's not the same.

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#7052109 - 01/24/18 09:50 PM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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It is absolutely relevant if you are at all interested in the more challenging types of hunting. I still practice that shot because I still depend on it. I can hit a plate at a hundred yards. Just make it a big plate, please. grin
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#7052112 - 01/24/18 09:53 PM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: Walkabout]
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Originally Posted By: Walkabout
It would be nice to practice that shot occasionally. Unfortunately, you do that at most ranges and you will get a quick exit from the property. Could probably do both elbows on the platform but I agree with you. It's not the same.


I am blessed to have a thousand yard range a few miles from the house with a reasonable owner who allows such antics.
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#7052217 - 01/25/18 04:53 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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Relevant in the fact that it's the worst possible means at which to take a shot and should be avoided at all costs.
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#7052280 - 01/25/18 07:09 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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I did a lot of walk hunting growing up as a kid, and hunted rabbits and anything else that crossed my path, and I took that ability with me into the deer woods, since most shots were fairly close range.
Walking to and from my stand back then, I was still hunting, and not just walking.
As I got older those skills faded and became less relied on.
It's been many years since I even attempted and off hand shot, but I did take a coyote probably 8 to 10 years ago and got him.

Almost forgot about the hog I shot a few years back that was running full tilt directly towards me, and I dropped him with the last shot, at less than 50' after four shots from my Winchester 94 30-30.....True story! eeks333


Edited by Jimbo (01/25/18 07:19 AM)
Edit Reason: Old age, can't remember events

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#7052286 - 01/25/18 07:20 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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Funny you bring it up, Jeff.

I avoid it if at all possible, but it has happened on two occasions in the last four weeks.

Heard the sounder while driving a dirt road. Put it in park, exited with LR-308 in hand, walked into the cedars, and there they were, they heard or smelled me, and were trotting left to right. I hit one sow in the lungs at 30 yards. It was a low ready, slow walk to raise the rifle and shoot, no time for anything else.

Tuesday this week, it was 25 minutes after sundown, and the sounder crossed the road in front of me, and were headed across a plowed cotton field. I put it in park, exited with the bolt action 7mm-08 A.I. crossed the ditch, made it through the dead Johnson grass, raised the rifle and shot. I heard the thud, cycled shot again, another thud, and did it a third time.

So I've had four off-hand shots very recently, but can't remember any others for the last few recent years.

(I was exactly 101 feet from any public road for all of these hog shots)
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#7052293 - 01/25/18 07:28 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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Yes. I try to avoid taking them, but will if I feel confident.

I do most of my practicing with my custom Ruger 10/22. I have a heavy barrel and Boyd's thumb hole stock on it. It gives it a nice weight to hold steady for free hand shooting. I had the trigger worked as well so it's very efficient hitting what your shooting at. I like to shoot the small target balls and keep them moving.

For me I prefer a rifle with a little weight to it for free hand shooting. The light weight rifles I find are more difficult to hold steady.
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#7052299 - 01/25/18 07:35 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Marc,

17 pounders ain't no picnic either. grin
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#7052305 - 01/25/18 07:37 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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It's a very important skill to have, yes. Even tho most people shouldn't take the shot an a game animal, like a deer. Dry fire practice is good, then maybe trying your hand at shooting some hogs off handed.

Anyone who considers themselves a hunter, or rifleman, needs to be able to hit a pie plate @ 100 yds off hand.

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#7052318 - 01/25/18 07:42 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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Yes

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#7052331 - 01/25/18 07:57 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Marc,

17 pounders ain't no picnic either. grin


I'll admit that's too heavy for me, lol. My AR-10 is as heavy as I want to go. But I like it for free hand as well. Not much recoil and sweet trigger.
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#7052341 - 01/25/18 08:04 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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Absolutely. If you do more than hunt once or twice per year from a stand, you'll need this skill at some point.

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#7052344 - 01/25/18 08:12 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: fouzman]
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Originally Posted By: fouzman
Absolutely. If you do more than hunt once or twice per year from a stand, you'll need this skill at some point.


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#7052345 - 01/25/18 08:12 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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Yes, and from different positions. It is still an important skill.
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